Looking to beat the heat but still enjoy the flavors of summer? The Greene Grape team has been cooking up something new with our team of experts! Join Michele Thomas and Sam Kling at Annex this summer for a series of exclusive classes and tastings that are sure to quench your thirst for knowledge!
Michele Thomas, Assistant General Manager of Greene Grape Wine & Spirits, will be leading our our wine classes beginning with Mythbusting Rosé! Michele is a writer, & Certified Sommelier with deep roots in the world of food, wine, & education. As Executive Editor of the International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute), she edited recipes & developed curriculum materials for the school’s cooking and wine courses in New York and California, as well as L’Ecole, the school’s Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated restaurant. Michele is the co-author of Culinary Careers for Dummies (Wiley), with Chef Annette Tomei & Tracey Vasil Biscontini, & the author of Sodium & Oxygen (Rosen) two middle grade science books for children. Her writing about food, wine, & culture has appeared in The New Yorker, Edible Brooklyn, Activist Philanthropist, BestofNJ.com, and Garnish, the mobile bartending academy for wine & spirits professionals in Africa. When not selling or writing about hooch, she can be found in Bed Stuy with Pickles & Mimzy, her tiny feline overlords, & documenting adventures in food & wine on Instagram & Twitter as @bedstuysomm.
Have you ever wondered where rosé gets its hue? Do you ponder the origins of the Tiki craze? Maybe you’d just like to learn how to taste wine and cheese without all the pretentious airs. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just feeling thirsty, our Summer Wine Classes have got you covered!
Join us at the Annex this summer for comprehensive 90 minute classes led by our experts from Wine & Spirits, Sam Kling and Michele Thomas. Take the Mythbusting Rosé class on August 16th to find out how rosé gets its rosy tint, as well as about local producers and what makes them worth supporting. Taste through five beverages, from delicate wines to fan-favorite ciders, learning how to savor them and pair them. Next, try our Tiki, Do You Love Me? class to learn the surprising history of Tiki cocktails, then sip on three different rums and three classic Tiki drinks as you learn how to taste them. You won’t leave empty-handed, either, because we’ll be sending you home with cocktail recipes to elevate your next get-together.
In September, you’ll want to come back for more with our New York State of Wine & Cheese class. We’ll teach you about New York wines and cheeses and the producers behind them, how to taste wine and cheese, how to pair them, and more. We’ll also provide plenty of snacks with every class so you can munch your way through your education.
Every year the American Cheese Society receives thousands of cheeses from dairy farms across America. Perhaps more akin to the Grammy’s than the Olympics (but pardon us for the timely reference), the certified cheese tasters from ACS try curds and whey from all categories ranging from blue to alpine to fresh yogurt. This year we are proud to announce a number of award winning cheeses in our case.
Flory’s Truckle, Homestead Creamery, MO Category: Cheddar, wrapped in cloth, aged up to 12 months
A few days ago, we shared the first half of our celebration of National Farmers Market Week, giving insight into the farms from which we get fruits and vegetables. But as we all know, farms bring us more than just apples and zucchini. Look around the store, and you’ll find great food grown by real farmers, whose food is always seasonal and fresh.
We’ve been lucky to score a few cases of honey made on the rooftops from Bed-Stuy Bees, and Pumpkin Village in VT hand-delivers raw honey and maple syrup every few weeks. In the dairy case, we source most of our yogurts from Hudson Valley, and all of our milk from Battenkill, Organic Valley and Natural By Nature, is from animals raised happily within 500 miles of NYC. Don’t forget the Adirondack Creamery ice cream!
Speaking of animals, our meat department sources whole animals from nearby farms, including Slope Farms, Kinderhook and Arcadian Pastures, who also bring us our pastured eggs. Be sure to stop off at our cheese counter for the freshest Cato Corner cheeses, which we pick up from the Fort Greene Greenmarket every Saturday. These get nestled into our case amongst the other farmstead cheeses, such as NY’s Sprout Creek, and VT’s Jasper Hill.
And if you crave something a little sweet, our wine shop proudly sells Fox Run Vineyards Riesling from the Fingerlakes, brought down with our weekly beef delivery! We admit, there’s nothing like being surrounded by the farmers market every weekend, but we’re proud to be the next best thing!
It’s Friday afternoon. If you are, as always, trying to figure out what you’ll need for the kitchen this weekend, Fort Cheese is proud to announce a brand new batch of mozzarella. We’ve been making the stuff for years, but what’s new – and what’s got our cheesemongerer Pam especially excited here – is the rigorously taste-tested curd, from Antonio Mozzarella Factory in New Jersey. The mozzarella we make is RBGH-free and locally sourced, with extra-premium milk from the dairy cooperative at Jersey Fresh. That means, yes, the fat content is a little higher – it also means the stuff is silky-smooth, tastes delicious and comes from a sustainable place.
The new mozzarella goes for $10.99 a pound at Provisions, and warm samples are available. Stay tuned for tasting details!
La Quercia is an Iowa-based producer of some fantastic charcuterie and this year they are trying to free Americans from the grasp of “foreign ham powers”. As a part of their campaign to promote ham produced in America they have asked stores around the country to design a themed display featuring La Quercia products. Our butchers were up to the task and created a memorable scene featuring some impressive sausage art. You can vote for your favorite *ahem* on Facebook at this link.
Greene GrapeLa Quercia’s “Declare Ham Independence”!
This Thursday April 26 from 5:30pm-7:30pm we are please to welcome Two Brothers Brewing to Provisions for a tasting and cheese pairing. Two Brothers was found in 1996 in Warrenville, Illinois by the Ebel brothers who were passionate about brewing classic European beers in the craft brewing spirit. The cheesemongers will also be choosing a few cheese to pair with Two Brothers’ fantastic beers. Drop in for a taste.
Greene GrapeTwo Brothers Brewing Tasting and Cheese Pairing
Need a shmear on that muffin? We’ve now got single-serve butter! Find 1oz mini logs from Vermont Creamery in the dairy case!
From the Green Mountains of Vermont, where family farmers are tending the goats and cows, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery‘s artisan techniques produce the finest fresh and aged goat cheese, crème fraîche and European-style cultured butter in the country. A coop of 20 family farms provide fresh, high quality goats’ milk, while cows’ milk and cream comes from the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery. These are developed into a collection of dairy and cheese products, many of which we carry in this store!
In the dairy case, you’ll find Mascarpone cheese and Crème Fraîche in bright colored tubs, for all your cooking and dolloping needs. Their Butter is made from crème fraîche, which is naturally cultured for a nutty, tangy flavor, the traditional European style. The butter comes in 8oz logs, as well as 1oz & 4oz logs that are salted with crunchy Celtic Sea salt.
And of course, they make cheese! Ask us at the cheese counter, about our current array of Vermont Creamery goat and cow’s milk varieties!