What a wonderful evening we had last Saturday, with the Deli filled full of the most amazing cheeses and excited turophiles (turophile: a person who loves cheese). This evening was helping to raise funds for the 1st Kallista Scout Troup, particularly for equipment to send their Cub Pack off to Cuboree later in the year.
We started the tasting with softer cheeses. We sampled a fresh herbed Goat cheese and compared it with the fabulous black, wrinkly St Maure.
Next was the Fougerus brie from Rouzaire, a beautiful French brie with a fern leaf laid on top.
This was followed by "L'Affiné au Champagne Rosé", a stunning white cheese washed in pink champagne. This was a real crowd pleaser and we'll make sure to have this in stock.
Next up we had an Australian cheese, Vigneron by Woodside. "The winemakers choice" is a wine-washed goat milk cheese comes wrapped in a vine leaf, so it was like opening a present on Christmas morning. And we weren't disappointed, with this cheese easily demonstrating why it is winning awards.
Finishing the 'first course' we sampled Le Duc Vacherin. This washed-rind cheese from the Franche-Comte region in France was served hot, straight from the oven - a fondue in a box!
Next we moved onto the harder cheeses. Looking like a cross between a rockmelon and a cannonball, our first harder cheese was Mimolette.
Next, we passed around the girolle and took a scrape of Tête de Moine, which gets it's name as the cheese looks like the top of a monk's head.
After that we tasted the amazing Beaufort d'Alpage, a mountain cheese produced by cows grazing the high Alpine pastures.
We were then able to taste a couple of 'guest cheeses' produced by local amateur cheese makers. Richard treated us with a bitey Caerphilly and discussed the cheesemaking process, and Mark allowed us to taste his cheddar. Well done guys!
We all took turns to guess the weight of the cloth-bound Quickes farmhouse cheddar before Tricia set to it with the biggest knife. We were able to compare it to Cantal, which is reputed to be the forerunner to Cheddar.
Rounding out the evening we sampled two blue cheeses - the award-winning Venus Blue from Gippsland producer Prom Country Cheeses, followed by the Italian favourite Gorgonzola.
Thanks to everyone that attended for making the evening such a fun event and special thanks to Ann and Matt Rickard for all of their help organising the night.
Our next tasting night is on Saturday 20 May. This will be a fundraising event for one of our junior staff members, helping her visit Bolivia later this year.
Or join us for a Raclette social evening on Saturady 17th June 2017. For more information or to book a ticket, give us a call on 03 9751 0144 or email [email protected].
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My name is Tricia and I’m the owner of The Deli Platter in Olinda. We do things a bit differently at my deli.