Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier - Tailgating Party
Not a huge football fan, but hey, the food at parties to watch football tends to be pretty good. So it was with a bit of excitement that I went to the Super Bowl themed Cheese Tuesday at L'Espalier this month.
I started off with an Aviation, made of gin, Maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon. Shortly after that, the always awesome pretzel bread and rolls arrived, along with adorable little bits of creamy butter.
The first course started with Shacksbury 1840 Lost Apple Project cider from Storeham, Vermont. It was paired perfectly with Nachos and Cabot Clothbound cheddar cheese soup and avocado mousse. This was crazy good.
2010 Paulo Laureano Selectio from Grossa, Alentejo was the next wine, paired with Buffalo wings with Osetra caviar, buttermilk, and fermented chili. I had never thought to have caviar with Buffalo wings, but the saltiness definitely worked.
Boston barbeque short ribs with Boston baked beans and corn bread was up next. So ridiculously good, and paired so well with 2010 Coho Cabernet Sauvignon from SummitVine Ranch in the Diamond Mountain District of Napa.
And then it was on to the cheese plate, paired excellently with 2012 Fausse Piste, L'Ortolan, from Roussanne in the Columbia Valley. All of the cheeses were from New England, save one cheese from Washington, to represent the teams in the Super Bowl.
Mozzarella was up first; this one was a cow's milk mozzarella from Narragansett Creamery in Providence, Rhode Island. Lake's Edge, a goat's milk cheese from Blue Ledge Farm in Salisbury, Vermont, was up next, followed by Sea Change, a delicious little cow's milk cheese from the Mystic River Creamery in Lebanon, Connecticut.
Up next was Olga, a mixed milk (cow and goat) cheese from Seal Cove Dairy in Lamoine, Maine. It was followed by Flagship, a cow's milk cheese from Beecher's Handmade Cheese in Seattle, Washington. I've actually been to Beecher's, it's at the Pike Place Market.
Finishing off the cheese course was the always excellent Kinsman Ridge, a cow's milk cheese from Landaff Creamery in Landaff, New Hampshire, and Berkshire Blue, a cow's milk blue cheese from Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Surprisingly, as this never happens, I actually had room for dessert. So I ordered up some Anniversary blend tea and a delicious dessert made of chocolate praline with dragée almonds and spiced hazelnut milk.