NYC friends: an All-American Whiskey and Cheese pairing event

Though I haven’t yet seen the new film about Abraham Lincoln, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what Lincoln might drink.

That’s because I have the joyful task of procuring whiskeys for an upcoming event in honor of President’s Day:  A President’s Day Toast to American Whiskey and American Cheese! This event, to be held on Monday, February 11, is produced by the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, an organization of which I’m proud to be a member, and will be hosted at The Flatiron Room,  a new “whiskey and spirits parlor.”

Heather Greene, an outspoken advocate of women and whiskey, will be talking about the hooch; cheese expert Diana Pittet will be explaining the cheeses.

A few seats are still available — but this is a limited-seating event, and truly, they won’t last long. So if you’re interested in attending, I suggest booking sooner rather than later. (And yes, boys are allowed!)

I don’t want to spoil the surprise by telling you exactly what will be poured — but I can tell you this:  we’re doing four whiskey pours, paired with four cheeses, all of American provenance. There might be a fifth “bonus” pour (shhhh). But here’s a little hint as to what’s going in the glasses:

A delectable single barrel bourbon that retails for $400 to $500 per bottle. (if that’s not worth the price of admission, I don’t know what is!)

One of the few American-made single malts around. And this is a special one:  smoky like an Islay Scotch, and just snagged a prestigious award for best artisan whiskey! I was pleasantly surprised that the distillers were willing to part with a bottle for our event – this will soon be a tough whiskey to get.

My new favorite bottled-in-bond rye whiskey for my new favorite cocktail, the Final Ward.

A locally-made bourbon finished in sherry casks. Think caramel mixed with dried peaches and plums. It’s delicious, trust me, and there’s a great story behind the bottle too.

That’s all I’m going to say about this event. Snag a ticket while you can.

Where You’ll Find Me This Weekend

There’s no need to stay thirsty this weekend!  (okay, long weekend, since I’m including Monday). Here’s what I’ll be up to – please come out and say hello!

Saturday, December 11: Holiday Spirits Bazaar (Brooklyn, NY). A one-night shopping and tasting extravaganza, benefiting the Museum of the American Cocktail. I’ll be signing & selling books, and serving up some Sparkling Ginger Daisy Punch!  Buy tickets here.

Sunday, December 12: Heritage Radio Network. Along with cheese expert Diana Pittet, I’ll be talking with cheesemonger Anne Saxelby, host of “Cutting the Curd,” about monastic heritage in cheeses and liqueurs. 

Monday, December 13: Monastic Liqueurs and Cheeses, a lecture and tasting event with cheese expert Diana Pittet and me, presented by The Culinary Historians of New York. (National Arts Club, Gramercy Park, New York — Excuse me, but have you seen what the NAC looks like all decked out for the holidays?!? Wow.) An amazing raffle basket also will be available, including a limted edition 500th anniversary bottle of Benedictine. Buy tickets here.

3 spring seminars for cocktailians

Spring is (finally) in the air….which means spring cleaning and fresh starts.  Here are 3 painless, and yes, cocktail-oriented classes for keeping your resolutions on track.  What do you want to change this spring?

Resolution #1. CHANGE CAREERS. Like to write? Like to drink? Like to get paid to do both? Sign up for my April 14 evening class,  A Spirited Discussion: Writing About Spirits and Cocktails, at the Institute for Culinary Education. If you’ve ever wondered how to break into the business, this is the class for you.  Note:  registration for the class closes Monday, April 5, so don’t put this off for too long.

Resolution #2. MORE EXERCISE. Join the  Historic Hotel Bars & Restaurants Walking Tour, with the 92nd St. Y Tribeca. Savor the history –and perhaps a drink –at some of New York’s beloved watering holes and meeting places of the early 20th century. Dates:  April 15 (almost sold out! ) and June 15.

Resolution #3:  LEARN SOMETHING NEW.   Among the dozens of exciting seminars at the upcoming  Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Look for “The Spirited Whey:  Monastic Cocktails & Cheese,” on May 16 with cheese expert Diana Pittet and me. We’ll be sipping Benedictine, Chartreuse, and more monk-inspired tipples, as well as an array of cheeses.  And yes, you’ll get a virtuous (and painless) dose of history along with your drinks.  Tickets went on sale last night, and are likely to sell out quickly. (Pssst…use the code MCCFan to get a special 10% off all MCC events, including the Gala.)