Tuesday, April 19, 2011

More cheese, please

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/.

The ladies who lunch (plus a charming gentleman). Author Liz Thorpe is fourth from the left. Vikki Locke is to her right. I'm second from the right, Wendy Shannon of With a Southern Twist is on my left and Mary Reynolds of the Reynolds Group is on my right. Gina Christman of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles is second on the left.

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.


Anonymous said...

It was wonderful meeting you at the lunch! And also wonderful to read this lovely recap!

VHenoch said...

Aye, Lucy... so many blogs, so little time.
I thought I'd wander off of OS and take a look at A Cook and Her Books -- your blog is already on my google dashboard, has been there for quite some time.

My own blog -- wild turtle crossing (also on blogspot) lies fallow, no one comes, no one writes, and not doing a thing about it at this time.

As I said, so little time. Be well. Love the girl in the hat... and the writer, too.