Cheese Tuesday - Farmstead Cheese from Massachusetts
This month at L'Espalier the theme for Cheese Tuesday was Farmstead Cheese from Massachusetts. The cheesemakers from Robinson Family Farm in Hardwick were in attendance, and they shared the history of their farm.
They brought out a Jack Rose as I sat down, a nice way to start the meal. Bread and butter came out shortly after, followed by the first course: Wolf Meadow Farm's smoked ricotta with figs, sour cherries, chickory, walnut purée, and arugula. This was paired with 2016 Long Meadow Ranch Rosé, made of in Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley of California.
Delicious Maine lobster chowder was up next, with confit potatoes and chanterelles. It was paired with 2015 Domaine Des 3 Versants Muscadet Sevre et Maine.
Pineland Farm beef with Yorkshire pudding, Grace Hill Farm "Valais", and grilled carrot was up next, paired with 2013 Robert Mondavi "Retro Label" Cabernet.
The tasty, local Farmstead cheese plate made a decadent fourth course, served with 2014 Ciderie du Vulcain "Transparente" hard cider from Switzerland.
We began the cheese plate with Ada's Honor, a goat's milk cheese from Ruggles Hill Farm in Hardwick, and then it was on to Eidolon, a cow's milk cheese from Grey Barn Farm in Chilmark. A cute little Hannabell thimble followed, made of cow's milk cheese at Shy Brother's Farm in Westport.
Caciocavallo, a cow's milk cheese from Wolf Meadow Farm in Amesbury, was up next, followed by Karolina, a cow's milk cheese from Coet Farm in Dudley, and A Barn Dance, a cow's milk cheese from Robinson Family Farm.
Finishing the cheese plate were three stronger cheeses: Sophelise, a cow's milk cheese from Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, Classic Blue, a goat's milk cheese from Westfield Farm in Hubbardston, and Great Hill Blue, a tasty cow's milk cheese from Marion, Massachusetts.
After a fun performance with The Chee Zees singing Massachusetts, we were served several delicious desserts and I was able to sample a bit of apple cider wine- a good way to end a fun evening!