Thursday, January 29, 2009
Thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to read this….
Hard times in Portland, Oregon - Layoffs, foreclosures and other economic disruptions are taking a terrible toll on our families, friends and neighbors. I know I’m feeling it… at least once a week I talk to a friend or customer who has lost his/her job. Today’s economic crisis stretches from loss of income to loss of nourishment. The calls for emergency help in Oregon are skyrocketing. The need to fight hunger in our own backyard is unprecedented.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Last night, Steve of Steve’s Cheese and I gave our first beer and cheese class. We had done our homework and came up with some slam dunks on combos. Even for a girl who’s eaten her fair share of cheese (Wisco Yo!) and drank more than her fair share of beer (snooze ya loose!!) I had some new flavors in these matches. Here’s the menu that made fireworks in my mouth:
Kickin’ it off right: Pholia Farm’s ELK MOUNTAIN (Raw Nigerian Dwarf Goat) - Rogue River, Oregon w/ HUB’s DIABOLITO (Small Belgian Strong) - Portland, Oregon
Separated at birth: ROS OMBRA (Sheeps Milk) - Catalonia, Spain w/ Moylan’s SCOTCH ALE - Novato, California
Super smooth: Guifante’s 3 MILK ROBIOLA - Piedmont, Italy w/ Eel River’s CLIMAX NOEL (Imperial Red Holiday Ale) - Fortuna, California
A group favorite: Herve Mons’s GRUYERE (Raw Cow) - Bern, Switzerland w/ Brouwerij Verhaeghe’s DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE (Flemish Red Ale) - Vichte, Belgium
Our most punk rock combo: Neal’s Yard Dairy - Colston Basset’s SHROPSHIRE (Cow’s Milk) - UK w/ Ommegang’s GRAND CRU ROUGE (Flemish Red Ale) - Copperstown, New York
We’re set to do this again. If you’re into it, just sign up for Saraveza’s mailing list and you’ll be of the first to know.