Murray’s Cheese Shop, NYC – Learn about Cheese with Cave Tours and Classes

Murray’s Cheese Shop in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village (254 Bleecker Street, between 6th and 7th Ave.) has started tours of their cheese caves on the third Saturday of every month. They begin at 10:00am, last about 30 minutes and run throughout the day for $10. You must register online at Murray’s by going to the education menu and then Murray’s Cave Days. Do not assume that you can just show up; the tours sell out. You will quickly learn that Murray’s doesn’t simply order cheese and stock it in the display cases upon delivery. Their cheeses are delicious because they pamper and age them to absolute perfection in their caves. They like to say that their tours will teach you “the ins and outs of affinage (that’s cheese aging, of course!).” When I lived in Manhattan, I used to frequent Murray’s in their smaller environs across the street. When they moved in 2004, they not only added more retail space, but were able to accommodate larger aging facilities and classrooms for their cheese courses. The Murray’s team is also passionate about blogging; check them out at bigcheesestories.blogspot.com. Murray’s has another store in Grand Central Terminal (43rd St. & Lexington). www.murrayscheeseshop.com

 

I have to throw out kudos to The New York Times for mentioning Murray’s Cave Tours in the calendar section of their Dining In/Dining Out section (Wednesdays). If you’re a food and wine nut you have to pick up both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times for their excellent Wednesday food sections, which also cover, among other topics, wine and restaurant reviews.

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~ by Thomas on February 9, 2008.

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