On Saturday, February 10th, I’ll be co-hosting a Valentine’s Day Tasting of Cheese, Wine, Mead, Honey and Chocolate Pairings with Blue Haven Bee Company. We’ll be pairing five cheeses plus a special Baked Brie Bite with Southern Origin Mead, Northeast Georgia wines and finish with a split of Italian Prosecco for each guest. The plate will include salami, local pecans roasted with Blue Haven Wildflower Honey, specialty chocolate and Kelly’s Jelly Blueberry Lemon Preserves. The cost per person is $40 and includes a Sweet Treat Favor Bag.
Included in the tasting will be the history and story of each cheese and its producers. You’ll learn why the EU protects the production of two of the cheeses we are sharing and how Vermont’s Cabot Creamery Cooperative is holding its own against the cheeses of Europe.
Our pairings for the evening will include:
Norway’s Jarlsberg, the Number 1 selling Specialty Cheese in the US, with a NE Georgia Chardonnay.
3 Year Cabot Cheddar paired with Southern Origin Pollinator Pyment.
Italy’s Parmigiano Reggiano, arguably the King of Cheeses, paired with a tasting of Sangiovese.
England’s Cranberry Wensleydale paired with a Moscato d’Asti.
and ending the evening with a Baked Brie and Blue Haven Gallberry Honey bite paired with a full split of Prosecco.
We will be mixing in some Paper Shell Pecans picked locally in Canon which I’ll be roasting with Blue Haven Wildflower Honey, Columbus Dry Salami slices, specialty chocolates and Blueberry Lemon Preserves from Oregon’s Kelly’s Jelly.
All of the Meads and Wines can be purchased at Blue Haven and the cheeses are available locally at Ingles in Hartwell or Whole Foods in Greenville and Atlanta.
After the event, stay and enjoy the Blue Haven Wine Bar and pick-up those last-minute Christmas gifts of honey, lotions and Andrew Brown’s handmade pottery.
Reservations are required: Contact Brianna at 706 245 6586 or via email at Brianna (@) bluehavenbee.com
*The Comte is hand-selected by Herve Mons for Costco.
If you are interested in learning more about beekeeping, please join the Lake Hartwell Beekeepers Association on February 24, 2018 for a day of beekeeping and hive education. For $50, you’ll enjoy 8 hours of seminars and events to help you start your own hive or simply learn more about honey and bees, the pollinators of 80% of our food crops and the only insect to make food for human consumption…. honey, beautiful honey.
The day will include lunch and door prizes along with classes led by local and award-winning beekeepers. Whether you are an established beekeeper or just getting started, this is a must-attend event at the First Baptist Church in Lavonia, Georgia.
Also, Our Facebook Cheese Study Group will be sponsoring mentorships for those taking the Industry Cheese Exam in July 2018 in Pittsburgh… Details will be posted in the next few days.