Cheese Tastings A Go-Go… Plus, Anne’s Luddite Manifesto

The Luddites were on to something I tell you. This is my way of saying that I have a good excuse for being a day late with my email this week… as I spent the better part of yesterday afternoon locked away in the sunny, spastic confines of the Mac store Genius Bar. My history with technological devices has been speckled with moments of bliss and order and happiness, but mostly it has been a comic tale of woe and confusion. Ever since I left for college, I have managed to have more strange things happen to my computers than I care to recount. It makes me feel a little bit proud though, that usually these problems, hiccups, and glitches stump even the most seasoned techie veterans. The common refrain when I bring my computer into tech support with some sort of ailment is usually something to the tune of, “Uh, that’s strange, we’ve never seen that happen before…”

I will digress for a brief reference to Looney Tunes (pre-computer animation, and formative material of my childhood) before returning to my tale.

Has anyone ever seen the cartoon where the man finds a little frog in a top hat and suit that will sing and perform Broadway show tunes, but only for him? The minute he brings the frog to anybody else to show off his strange and wonderful talent, the frog simply sits in the box and ribbits and displays all the glamor of a dirty, wet dish towel. So, the man with the frog, who from the get-go was bent on making millions off of his slimy little buddy, finally goes nuts and attempts to bury the frog once and for good in the cornerstone of some New York City skyscraper. I should be so lucky to be able to do that with my computer.

So, my new-ish laptop was in the habit of making a hideous beeping sound whenever I turned it on, sort of like a tiny little air raid siren going off. I don’t know whether it was trying to announce my incompetence or just its hatred of me, but whatever its motivations were, something was amiss. At the Genius Bar, I explained my situation to the amiable nerd charged with helping me, and went to turn the computer on to demonstrate this terrible racket. Sure enough, just like the frog in the cartoon, the computer turned on without an iota of beeping, making that crisp and sexy Mac gong just like it’s supposed to. After two or three more feeble attempts to prove myself not crazy (the laptop started up with the grace of a Russian figure skater landing a triple lutz each time) I shrugged my shoulders and relinquished custody of that nasty little machine to Mac for further inquiries.

So, the Monday email was shot, but I am sitting at home now with a much clunkier and more reliable old computer and do want to tell you just a few things about cheese before the morning slips away from me.

Saxelby Cheesemongers is sprinting into fall with a pretty intense lineup of tastings and gatherings and hooplas of all sorts. The fun begins tomorrow at Against the Grain and continues well on into October. So check out our new calendar and mark your own for some cheesy exploits. We hope to see you out on the town! Thankfully we’ll never need a computer to slice you a piece of cheese…

Wednesday, September 24th
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Against the Grain and Saxelby Cheesemongers Present…
A Farmstead Cheese and Wine Tasting

Five flights of cheese and wine with other delicious little trifles.

For tickets ($25) and reservations call 212-358-7064

Tuesday, September 30th
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Jimmy’s no. 43 and Saxelby Cheesemongers Present…
Chocolate, Cheese, and Beer! (back with a vengeance)

Chocolate from Nunu’s in Brooklyn, Craft Beers from Across the Globe, and Cheese from Yours Truly.

For tickets ($35) and reservations call 212-982-3006

Saturday, October 11th
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Gowanus Harvest Fest

Join Saxelby Cheesemongers, Sweet Deliverance, and Just Food for a day of fun, food and music! We’ll be bringing our stinky grilled cheese show on the road… maybe with a twist for fall.

For tickets ($10 in advance, $12 day of) and more info visit

Sunday, October 26th
8:30 am to 7:30 pm
A Day A-Whey to Sprout Creek Farm

Our last Day A-Whey of the year! Don’t miss out as we travel up the Hudson for a day of cheese, farms, and fall foliage. Tickets will be available later this week…

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