Summertime in New York City is the time to fill your calendar, hop from one event to another, and find refuge in air conditioning—a must at indoor food-focused happenings.
This Saturday, June 29th, The Fourth Annual Cheesemonger Invitational will open its doors at 6:30 pm. The cutthroat competition created by Adam Moskowitz, who followed in his father’s footsteps and became one of the largest cheese importers in the United States, is hosted at Larkin Cold Storage, his family’s warehouse in Long Island City.
Moskowitz has used this event to create a stage to showcase artisan cheesemongers, with impeccable timing as the foodie trend has gained significant clout over the past few years. Over 50 cheesemongers will be competing in eight rounds: they’ll be answering nerdy cheese questions, participating in a blind taste test, pairing cheese with compliments, and cutting and wrapping while facing a panel of 15 judges.
In addition to the glory and honor of winning, mongers will fight for $1,000 in cash and prizes. Their site reads: “Think Olympics meets Fight Club. For cheese.” For all you can eat and drink—salumi, pickles, honey, olives, craft beer, small production wines, and of course, lots and lots of cheese—snatch your ticket ($60, with a $100 ”VIP” option) through their site.