Spaulding Gray, The Feline Foodie, Reports From His ACS 2010 Cheese Bunker… Report #2

August 25, 2010

So I’m sitting here in the Cheese Bunker hidden somewhere in the suburbs of Seattle and The Lady is hanging out with the “Cheese Swells” at the Seattle “No Pets” Sheraton… something is definitely wrong with this cheese picture…

The Lady and The Man just returned from the New Members and First Time Attendees Reception hosted by our friends, Sartori Foods and The Lady is dropping cheese names like there’s no tomorrow… however, you can bet, she’ll be dropping more names tomorrow… yada, yada, yada…

She ran into our buddy Gaetano Auricchio and the BelGioioso Cheese Swells at Pike Place Market today on her way to the home of my most favorite-of-all-time cheese, No Woman. The fine cheesemakers at Beechers were… well, they were making cheese…  to make matters worse, she came back to the “Cheese Bunker” with the scent of No Woman on her clothes (but not a wedge to be found anywhere on her)… at least she took a couple of pictures but then I discovered she had left the cord I need to download the pix to the computer… she had one item on her “things to do for Spaulding Gray” list… and she forgot… sheesh… I do all the heavy lifting and she hangs with the “cheese swells”…

After Pike Place Market, she and The Man stopped in The Daily Grill and had a late lunch while waiting to pick up The Lady’s creds at Cheese-a-Topia at the Seattle “No Pets” Sheraton…

The Man likes to hang with The Lady… well, that I can understand… I like hanging with her as well… he sat in the lobby of the Seattle “No Pets” Sheraton while The Lady went to the reception. All the new members and first time attendees were invited and the ACS Board of Directors (aka The Really Big Cheese Swells) welcomed everyone. Sartori Foods hosted the event and had many of their terrific cheeses for everyone to enjoy.

They played Board of Directors Bingo: little-known facts about members of the board were on a bingo card and as you chatted with them you had to find out various bits of trivia. The most interesting for The Lady was that our friend, Tim Smith from Kroger, was a ballet dancer and danced with the Boston Ballet… from ballet to cheese… talk about a renaissance man… I did a little research and discovered his interpretation of the Prince Florstan pas de trois in Sleeping Beauty is still legend.

On deck tomorrow… Cheesemongers’ Merchandising Competition; Terroir in America; Last Stop: Cheese Shop; Getting Inside the Retail Mine and Meet the Cheesemaker… boy do I have my work cut out for me tomorrow reporting on all these seminars… until then, I remain your humble Feline Foodie reporting from the “Cheese Bunker” hidden somewhere in the suburbs of Seattle…

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