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Monday, April 9, 2007

The Lazy Hostess: Wine and Cheese

If you don't know your Fourme d'Ambert from your Malvarosa or how to navigate the vineyards of the Loire Valley, don't worry. Hosting a wine and cheese has never been easier.

An impromptu "Girl's Night In" for some of my PR friends was the perfect excuse for me to reach out to two of my favorite local vendors to help me plan my last minute, gourmet get-together.

My first call was to Kristin at Murray's Cheese (245 Bleecker Street - 212-243-3289) who recently introduced a new catering menu called Made by Murray's that I have been dying to try. It features everything from cheese boards to tarts to roasted meats and more. Presented on beautiful and simple wooden trays (which you can reuse), Murray's will hand pick a cheese board for you based on your personal taste and their ripest daily selection.

After a few minutes chatting with Kristin, I ordered a small mixed board called Murray's Main Line ($45) which features 3 seasonal cheeses from around the world with some dried fruit and nuts, a bread box filled with crispbreads and toasts ($15) as well as a jar of Dalmatia fig jam ($5).

Based on my cheese selection, Kristin also gave me some advice on wine pairings which I brought with me to Union Square Wines & Spirits (140 Fourth Avenue - 212-675-8100), one of the leading wine shops in the city. Robert, a knowledgable sales associate, steered me in the direction of an affordable yet delicious Moltepulciano to pair with my salty Parmagiano Reggiano and a sparkling Vouvray that went well with everything.

In true Lazy Hostess style, both Murray's and USQ will deliver right to your door. Murray's requires a 48 hour lead time with an additional delivery charge. USQ fulfills online orders within 24 hours while phone orders and walk-ins only need 3 hours notice. Delivery is free of charge when you meet their minimum of $45.

So, the next time you have to host a wine and cheese for your client, boss, in-laws or friends, you'll be prepared. Hold onto these's the closest thing to having your own personal fromager and sommelier on speed dial.

1 comment:

Rafe Totengco said...

I just had lunch but now I'm hungry again. Yum!