If you are going to be inside, I can't think of a more lovely way to spend a few hours on a sunny and beautiful Seattle Friday than to attend a cheese pairing by The Calf and Kid at The Pantry at Delancey.
Our first bite was a wonderful fresh Chèvre from Yarmouth Farms in Darrington, Washington. This cheese was really good. I gather that it is not widely available as it is mostly snapped up by local restaurants. I can certainly see why!
Sheri Lavigne, the owner of The Calf and Kid, lead us through a number of pairings. We sampled two cheeses at a time, local and a European cheeses. The pairings were as follows:
|Sheri Lavigne, owner of The Calf and Kid on Capital Hill, Seattle|
- Bucheron (Buche de Poitou -- Sevrebell from the Loire Valley, France with
- Buche --Juniper Grove Dairy from Redmond, Oregon
- Camembert -- La Petite Reine from Normandy, France
- Dinah's Cheese -- Kurtwood Farms, Vashon Island, Washington
Hands down, Dinah's Cheese was divine! It's gooey and delicious and rich and one of the very best cheeses I have ever sampled. I will be finding some of this to have at home and hoard and nibble and croon over, like the cheese miser I fear I might be turning into! The French camembert was just cheese. Decent cheese, but just cheese. Dinah's Cheese is something much more special.
|An antique storage kitchen cabinet at The Pantry|
- Manchego -- Esperanza del Castillo DOP from La Mancha Spain
- Queso de Oveja -- Black Sheep Creamery from Adna, Washington
- Herve L'Equis -- Herve Societe from Belgium
- Red Hawk -- Cowgirl Creamery from Tomales Bay, California
Our final pairings were:
- Chiriboga Blue -- Arturo Chiriboga from Germany
- Point Reyes Blue -- Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company from (obviously!) Point Reyes Station, California
We had wine parings to go with our delicious cheese plates. The wines, all delicious, were:
- Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux
- La Mascaronne 2012 Cotes de Provence
- Puerta Vieja 2010 Rioja
|Cosy garen entry to The Pantry|