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An eve of Murray's Cheese

by rania
August 21, 2009 8:10 AM
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Through a glass tile in the sidewalk in front of Murray's Cheese on Bleecker Street, you can glimpse an underground cave where cheese is aging. Tuesday night I was invited to tour the caves and sample delicious product. A group of us were given red chef's coats and hair-nets to prepare for a subterranean tour by the store's affineur* Mike Anderson. There is so much to learn about cheese after it's made and before it's sold, that an hour down below was not enough. Upstairs we got to taste the wares, including the most luscious, buttery Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill and nutty, textured Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve.

Here are some of the photos I took, including one from the vantage point from within the cave, looking up to the street. (I know what you're thinking. No, you can't see up someone's skirt from down there.)


08-18-09: Caciocavallo


08-18-09: Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog



08-18-09: Castelmagno



08-18-09: Penterman's Marieke Gouda

*Affineur = One who ages cheese and purveys it, or colloquially, cheese babysitter.

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  • rania | September 8, 2009 10:11 AMReply

    Since we tasted several cheeses, I only mentioned my two favorites:

    "Upstairs we got to taste the wares, including the most luscious, buttery Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill and nutty, textured Uplands Cheese Company Pleasant Ridge Reserve."

  • jl | September 1, 2009 10:29 AMReply

    which was the best? which was the best?

  • Jayne | August 22, 2009 12:51 PMReply

    Mmmmm, looks delicious!

  • Diane Mc | August 22, 2009 3:05 AMReply

    Great tour of the cave! I was always curious about it . Now I have an idea of what it is like down there and I know about two great cheeses I should try. Plus, I know that no one can see up my dress when I walk over the glass on the sidewalk.

  • jl | August 21, 2009 12:55 PMReply

    oh YUM!!!! more pics more pics