|Cheese board by Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
I had the opportunity last week to meet Liz Thorpe of Murray's Cheese for lunch at Holeman & Finch. Liz is the author of "The Cheese Chronicles: A Journey Through the Making and Selling of Cheese in America, From Field to Farm to Table," (Ecco, 2009), an exploration of the vast world of artisanal cheese. Murray's Cheese Shops are in six Atlanta area Kroger stores - Edgewood, City Walk, State Bridge, Ansley Mall, Marietta and Sugar Hill.
The lunch was simple and perfect - bread, cheese and salad. The cheese selection included Westfield Capri, Sweetgrass Chevre, La Serena, Nettle Meadow Kunik and Burrata. The latter is a soft, buttery cheese, much like a liquid mozzarella. Murray’s flies it in from Puglia every couple of weeks, according to Liz.
And the good cheese news doesn't end there, at least for Atlantans. Restaurant Eugene, next door to Holeman & Finch, celebrates cheese every third Thursday of the month. Five wines paired with five cheeses, $40 per guest, reservations required. http://www.restauranteugene.com/.
|Salad with mushrooms, radishes and ramps. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
|Burrata, Italian for buttery. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
|H & F bread. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
|Cheese board, midway through the lunch. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
Text and images copyright 2011, Lucy Mercer.