2011 was an exciting year for Saxelby Cheesemongers,
and we’ve got reason to believe that 2012 will be even better.
On this chilly January day, we’d like to say thanks to all of YOU,
the cheese lovers who make our work so satisfying, and above all, fun.
So, what the heck happened this year?
Firstly, after five years of slinging cheese from behind the
counter of our tiny stall at the Essex Street Market,
we opened a wholesale ‘cheese cave’ out in Red Hook Brooklyn.
From this outpost in the land of lobster rolls, Stumptown coffee,
and swedish meatballs, we’re stocking and aging cheeses to be
sent to chefs all across the city who support delicious local dairy.
So far in 2012 we’ve got some interesting affinage experiments
in the works with Sixpoint Craft Ales, and look forward to lots of
other stinky partnerships of that ilk.
(Stay tuned for the release of that cheese in just a few weeks!)
We were tickled in 2011 to have the opportunity to work with Chef Daniel Boulud and his team to curate the cheese counter at their first ever retail shop, Epicerie Boulud. We branched out beyond our national borders to work with master affineur Hervé Mons, and put together a selection of the finest seasonal American and French cheeses you’ll ever taste. The next time you’re up at Lincoln Center or headed to the park, be sure to stop in for a cheese plate, a glass of wine, and some of their incredible house-made charcuterie.
In July, mayor Bloomberg awarded Saxelby Cheesemongers ‘Small Business of the Year’ for the borough of Manhattan at the annual neighborhood achievement awards. We were thrilled and honored to be recognized by the mayor and his office of Small Business Services for helping make the Essex Street Market a vibrant and delicious destination!
On the flipside of that award, Saxelby Cheesemongers took an active stand in 2011 to oppose the potential demolition of the Essex Street Market as part of the SPURA redevelopment plan on the Lower East Side. Official plans are expected to be announced this spring, so now’s the time to reach out to City Councilwoman Margaret Chin’s office
and tell her you want to save Essex Market!
Cutting the Curd, our weekly dairy dispatch on the Heritage Radio Network is still going strong, and we’re looking forward to recording our 100th episode in 2012! Tune in TODAY from 4:30 to 5:00 pm for a ‘Best of 2011’ episode. We’ll revisit our favorite interviews from the past year and preview some exciting cheesy happenings in the coming year.
So what are we looking forward to in 2012? Building and
strengthening our relationships with our cheesemakers
and customers, plenty of tastings, dinners and events
to celebrate our community, more farm trips and
cheesy excursions, another season of the New Amsterdam Market,
grilled cheese at our Essex Market shop (coming soon!),
and most of all, continuing our work of cheesemongering,
the thing we love best.
Thanks and A Happy New Year from everyone at Saxelby Cheesemongers!
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