At the Cheesemonger Invitational, in Long Island City
The 4th annual Cheesemonger Invitational took place at the end of June in New York City, and in case you haven't caught our accounts of it in the past, you ought to know it's very different from other cheesemonger competitions around the world. Very American, that is -- and Sophie Brickman of The New Yorker got to experience every minute of it.
There are still written and blind taste tests, and, for the ten finalists, a cutting test, a wrapping test (how many pieces of cheese one can wrap in thirty seconds), and a beer-and-cheese pairing portion. But a d.j. is involved. Drinks flow freely. This year, shirts were on sale that read “Holla for Challerhocker” on the back, promoting a Swiss cheese.