Friday, October 4, 2013

Food Dance Celebrates American Cheese Month with Oct 8 Cheese Tasting & Oct 17 Dairy Dinner

There’s plenty to “smile and say cheese” about this month at Food Dance in Kalamazoo! October is American Cheese Month – a celebration of the delicious and diverse cheeses and the farmers, cheesemakers, cheesemongers, chefs and retailers who bring them to the table (and the market) for guests to enjoy.

“American artisan cheese has experienced an 'American Revolution' of sorts in the last decade,” says Food Dance owner Julie Stanley. “Our cheese makers are producing small batch cheeses that rival, and even surpass, their European inspiration. We love that so many artisan cheese makers have absorbed the tradition of European cheese makers and are now able to express their farms unique terroir in their small batch cheeses.”

With one of the area’s largest selections of American artisan cheeses, Food Dance delivers up a craft your own cheese board menu in the restaurant, as well as more than 20 varieties of cheese – goat, cow and even sheep (from soft and creamy to sharp and bitey to crumbly and stinky) – in its onsite market (which will be undergoing a major facelift in the coming weeks, an unveiling will take place in early November).

In the market, you’ll find styles from bloomy rinds to semi-soft, tangy blues to fresh cheeses and amazing cheddars – coming from across the country such as the west coast’s Cypress Grove Chevre in Arcata, CA and as close as Evergreen Lane Creamery in Fennville and Mattawan Artisan Creamery in Mattawan – which also supplies Food Dance with organic yogurt for its menu and market.

The Food Dance market also features an assortment of cheese tools – boards, knives, cutting utensils, paper and even books dedicated to cheese – that help in preserving, storing and serving cheese, while maintaining its quality.

While these mouth-watering cheeses are offered year round, although American Cheese Month provides the ideal opportunity for exploring new cheeses and pairings with local beer and wine found on the Food Dance menu. Those looking for a more in-depth, hands-on experience should make reservations for one of the two upcoming events focused on all things cheese!

Tuesday October 8 (6-8pm) — Cheese Tasting Class: Cheddar vs. Blue, it's up to you
This American Artisan Cheese Tasting event focuses on 3 cheddars and 3 blues that are paired with beer or wine. These, like all cheeses at Food Dance, are hand selected from creameries around the country. Cost is $35 per person.

Thursday October 17 (6-8pm) — Farm to Fork - 3 Dairy Dinner
This special Farm to Fork dinner features three American artisan dairies and cheese makers. Join us at Food Dance where Chef Robb creates 4 courses featuring cheese from each dairy: Evergreen Lane Creamery, Fennville, MI., Zingerman's Creamery, Ann Arbor, MI. and Sweet Grass Dairy, Thomasville, Georgia. Taste the amazing flavors of hand crafted cheeses and hear about their animals, love of cheese and the amazing cheese making process from 2 of the cheesemakers. $55 per person (includes tax & gratuity)


Fresh Chevre goat’s milk
Evergreen Lane Creamery - Fennville, MI
soft • creamy • lemony • slightly salty

Thomasville Tomme raw cow’s milk
Sweet Grass Dairy -Thomasville, GA
Smooth & buttery • subtly complex • aged 60-days

Mattone cow’s milk
Evergreen Lane Creamery - Fennville, MI
washed rind • smear ripened, taleggio style • very creamy
• hint of hay • subtly salty • fruity • yeasty

Gorgonzola Dulce cow’s milk
Bel Gioioso Cheese - WI
• aged 3-months • extremely creamy • full, earthy Flavor

Dunbarton Blue cow’s milk
Roelli Cheese Hausl - Shullsburg, WI
aged 4 months • earthy, sharp • firm • English cheddar meets French bleu

Bleu Mont Cheddar raw cow’s milk
Bleu Mont Dairy - Blue Mounds, WI
Caved-aged on spruce boards • firm • sharp • fruity

Hooks Cheddar cow’s milk
Hook’s Cheese Company, Inc. - Mineral Point, WI
aged 7 years • extra sharp • crystals that add a little crunch
To make reservations for any of the Food Dance dinners, classes or events, call 269-382-1888.

Food Dance creates opportunities for people to come together and connect through the experience of food. We passionately cook with the freshest locally produced ingredients and believe in giving great, caring service, and providing great experiences for everyone we come in contact with.

401 E. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo MI 49007

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