The designation of October as American Cheese Month was created by the American Cheese Society, a non-profit organization, as an annual celebration of America’s artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses. The goal of the month-long celebration is to raise awareness about the quality and diversity of American cheeses (from the milk of cows, goats, sheep; even water buffalo), as well as to increase support for family farms, traditional cheese production methods, and sustainable production and farming methods.
During the entire month of October, Sickles Market, Little Silver, New Jersey, as a trusted curator of fine foods and superior service, has announced its lineup of weekly American cheese tastings to spread the word about and experience the superior cheeses made in America.
“Supporting our dairy industry and its cheesemakers is good for our economy and for our health,” explained Meghan Mullaney Walker, manager fine cheese and specialties. “Sickles Market is a proud supporter of the American Cheese Society and this promotion offers the perfect opportunity to focus on our country’s excellent cheeses.”
Each week, new award-winning cheeses will be tasted with demonstrations on how to serve them with selected accompaniments. The tastings will offer valuable ideas for all levels of holiday entertaining from lavish dinner parties to impromptu gatherings.
All tastings and demonstrations will be held in Sickles cheese department from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There is a 10 percent discount on all American Cheeses throughout October as well.
Following is the schedule for the cheese demonstrations:
· Saturday, October 1: From Vermont – Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Demo – Fresh Plain Goat Cheese & Cultured Butter with Sea Salt accompanied by Whitney’s Castleton Crackers of Vermont
· Friday, October 7: From Aberdeen, New Jersey – Lombardi’s Italian Kitchen Fresh Mozzarella Demo – Lombardi’s will make their cheese right before your eyes. The team will also show how to serve their mozzarella in a variety of ways.
· Saturday, October 8: From California – Cowgirl Creamery & 34 Degrees Crackers Demo – From California, Mt Tam & Red Hawk cheeses will be sampled accompanied by 34 Degrees Crackers of Colorado.
· Friday, October 14: From Marlboro, New Jersey – Tuscany Italian Specialty Foods Fresh Mozzarella Demo – another fresh cheese making demonstration and several ways to serve the cheese.
· Saturday, October 15: California is revisited – Nicasio Valley Demo – Nicasio Square and Loma Alta cheeses will be sampled with Rustic Bakery Pan Forte Crostini.
· Saturday, October 22: Vermont again – Cellars at Jasper Hill Demo – Vermont’s own Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Constant Bliss & Bayley Hazen Blue will be sampled accompanied by Whitney’s Castleton Crackers.
· Saturday, October 29 – Another New Jersey great from Lawrenceville – Cherry Grove Farm’s Buttercup Brie and Toma Primavera will be sampled accompanied by local beekeepers’ Herbertsville Honey.
Did you know that cheese consumed in moderation is an excellent source of protein, calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins B12 and D, and an important part of maintaining bone and dental health? And, that in the last decade, North American artisan cheese makers have become serious contenders with those in Europe and the excellence of American artisan cheeses is now recognized worldwide.
To learn more about Sickles Cheese of the Month Club, visit the new Online Grocery Store at www.sicklesmarket.com. Here you will find a monthly selection of cheeses, which can be mailed to your home or as a gift.
To find other local cheese events, go to the American Cheese Society site. Cheese lovers can also network on the American Cheese Month Facebook page and on Twitter (#AmCheeseMonth, @CheeseSociety).
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