Many of us are fans of the romance of France; the idea of ascending the Eiffel Tower with your rambunctious amis, or relaxing by the Seine with the one you love, all thrilling and heart-swelling images. I am a particular fan of sitting under the Sacre Coeur, a picnic at your feet while you admire the expanse of the city. Creating a meal that that fills the heart and sates the appetite with warmth, you’d be hard pressed to find a better “pear”ing than cheddar and fruit. In particular, we find the Bosc pear a charming companion to the vanilla and nutmeg within the jam, and a delicious counterpart to the buttery, savory, and sharp flavors of the clothbound cheddar. Your eyes will be dazzled by the view before you, and your soul happy with good food and good companionship.
Gruyere - For a Fortissimo cheese try Gruyere. Such a classic, deep rich earthy fruit mixed with the chocolatey warm notes of Gruyere, you’ll be shocked and amazed that you haven’t tried these two together. Hey, what about a grilled cheese? Pair with a nice dark beer, and you’ll be roasty toasty.
Wagon Wheel - For a local cheese try Wagon Wheel. Cowgirl’s done it again with this lovely semi-firm cheese, the only one of its kind from their creamery. You can find notes of hay and onion in the cheese, and it just loves a sweet buddy to cozy up to. For a smooth and milder version of the Gruyere pairing, with a local flair, give this a go!
Beaufort - Oh, so you enjoyed the Gruyere pairing and want to kick it up a notch? Look no further, buddy! Beaufort is called the King of Cheeses for a reason, and you’ll really taste it when you introduce this lovely jam to the royal curd. Like traveling through green fields with a wild man who had caught your eye, you’ll be truly romanced off your feet.
by rose owens
Cheese Department Head at Bi-Rite 18th