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Terrance Brennan - Artisanal Cheeses

Many thanks to my old boss, Terrance Brennan, of Picholine & Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro restaurants and the Artisanal Cheese Center – a state-of-the-art cheese storage, aging, distribution, and education center. Terrance has generously donated towards my trip.

Artisanal has a great bistro menu, but in my opinion, the best part of the restaurant is the cheese counter. Don’t miss it! It is tucked away at the back and I encourage getting up from your seats to take a look at the cheeses. There are over a hundred of them which I can vouch for having unpacked each and every one of them Saturday and Sunday mornings, once upon a time. It was a labor of love and the payoff was that I got to try them all! You can even sample one or two to help you decide what to order and there is a great complementary wine selection to match. Artisanal is great for dinner or for a few drinks and a cheese plate after work.

I have had some of my most memorable meals at Picholine, in particular, the meal two friends and I had around a showing of Madame Butterfly at Lincoln Center. I won’t describe the meal in detail here partially because I don’t remember them all, but it was a special day for all of us involved on the receiving end. Picholine caters in part to the pre-opera, pre-ballet, or pre-whatever is playing at Lincoln center dinner crowd but is also great for those leisurely meals that most of us only get once in a blue moon or even a tasty bite at the bar.

And finally the cheese center…Artisanal Cheese Center is a multi-function space serving wholesale and retail (internet/catalog) customers as well as providing a fromage education to those interested. The classes are taught by a variety of instructors including the best fromagiere around, Max McCalman. You can learn about and order cheese from the website or call toll free (877) 797-1200 to order over the phone.

All of Terrance’s businesses are located in New York City, but the cheeses, cheese baskets and cheese accessories can be sent anywhere in the country.

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