We took the tasting this week - did three countries (France, Switzerland and the U.S.) and were extremely pleased with our selections. But our hostess Buffi was the true star of the evening. Bubbly personality and a cheese maker in her own right, she was quite meticulous in her selections and my wife and I both felt she was not only value added to the evening, but that Buffi was quite knowledgeable and proud of her craft, which added to our enjoyment. She choose different types of brie that differed in the cheese making process, provided similar cheeses made in France and Switzerland and invited comparison, provided dried meat, stuffed olives and even pate and gave us recipe cards for some of the cheese we sampled that night (including belevetano merlot and gourmandise kirsh desert cheese).
For $35 a person, you get to stuff yourselves, try cheeses you never knew existed, get information and lore about cheeses you never knew (that the Swiss stole Tilsit from the Germans who copped it from the Russians) and you take home a doggie bag that would stun a miniature pony in it's tracks! The tastings take place after hours so it's just you and your host ...our sampling took just under two hours ... and I understand there may be a deal in the works with a local winery as well.
Take the tasting ...and may you be fortunate enough to have Buffi as your hostess.
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