NEXT PUBLIC EVENT: Tequila & Cheese Pairing at 92Y

Although it might sound odd, there is a tradition of having cheese with strong spirits in Mexico. Martin Johnson from TheJoyOfCheese.com & I will be pouring some of the best tequilas available (& possibly a little mezcal) alongside truly delectable cheeses.

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7pm
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
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Beyond Beer Basics at ICE

This class is perfect for any casual beer drinker who is looking to learn more about the amazing range of beer styles and flavors currently available in the American market. For this class, I'll highlight the variety of beer essential for beer drinkers to know and discuss the trends in the craft beer movement, while leading a tasting of brews covering notable styles and breweries.

Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:30pm
Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W 23rd Street, New York, NY
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Sipping Rums & Cheese Pairing at 92Y

Rum has gotten a terrible reputation thanks to fruity drinks & mixing with copious amounts of cola. But well-made rum rivals whiskey and brandy for depth of flavor, complexity and ability to match with bold foods. And it goes beautifully with artisanal cheese. Join me and Martin Johnson from TheJoyOfCheese.com as we show off some rums that will open your mind alongside cheese that will delight your tastebuds.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 7pm
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

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Whiskey Pairing Dinner at ICE

While the strong flavors in whiskey can overpower some dishes, there is nothing better than bold, flavorful food paired with the right whiskey. Chef-Instructor Brendan McDermott will demonstrate how to prepare five robust courses. Then I will show you how to pick the perfect whiskeys to match the meal. It is sure to be the ideal dinner to luxuriate in big flavors. On your menu: Chopped Salad of Pears, Green Apples, Butter Lettuce, and Sherry Vinaigrette paired with Irish Whiskey; Arancini with Scotch; Grilled Hanger Steak with Parsnip Puree and English Peas paired with Rye; Pepper Crusted Tuna paired with Japanese Whiskey; Bananas Flambé paired with Bourbon.>

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 6pm
Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W 23rd Street, New York, NY
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Artisanal Beer & Cheese Pairing at ICE

The recent boom in craft beer and artisanal cheese has happened simultaneously, and not by coincidence. The range of flavors and carbonation in beer provides the perfect accompaniment to the earthy and savory notes of great cheese, and the food world has taken notice. In this class I lead a pairing which focuses on the fantastic quality and variety of beer made in the metro New York area and cheese made in the North East states to demonstrate just how delicious eating and drinking local can be.

Friday, May 30, 2014, 6:30pm
Institute of Culinary Education, 50 W 23rd Street, New York, NY
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Summer Beer & Cheese Pairing at 92Y

Summer is the time for lighter beers. But that doesn't mean they have to be bland or boring. And even easy drinking beers can pair wonderfully with artisanal cheese. Martin Johnson from TheJoyOfCheese.com and I will pair up some of our favorites. We have a suspicion you'll love them too.

Thursday, June 19, 2014, 7pm
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

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