Slow Food Columbus

Slow Food Bids Arlene Adieu with Artisan Cheese

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Taste Workshop: American Artisan Cheese Tasting
Katzinger’s Delicatessen
475 South 3rd St.
German Village
Tuesday, February 24
Katzingers

Slow Food Columbus packed the back room of Katzinger’s for our first pairing with the German Village Gourmet Deli and a last look at our favorite convivium cheese eater. We bid a fond farewell to Fromager Arlene Brokaw as she departs be become a cheese apprentice in Maine. We look forward to eating the products of her apprenticeship. In the meantime, we can keep track of her adventures in via her dairy diary on Arlene’s blog Ohio Goats .

Arlene was paired with Wendy Hunsinger, Katzinger’s retail and specialty foods manager for an evening of cheese, beer, education and more cheese.

Seven cheeses were selected and paired with two varieties of beer from Elevator Brewing Company. A fine selection of Katzinger’s bread as well as a hearty serving of pawpaw chutney and cherry preserves balanced our palates for the evening,

Here was what was on our plate.

Goat Feta
Lake Erie Creamery

Brigid’s Abby (Semi Soft Raw Cow’s Milk Cheese)
Cato Corner Farm

Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert
Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert

Shelburne Cheddar
Shelburne Farms

Dry Jack
Vella Cheese Company

(A few notes on this one: Vella is the second oldest cheese maker in the country, churning since 1931. A family member also started Rogue Creamery

Bayley Hazen Blue
Jasper Hill Farm

Grayson (washed rind, raw, cow’s milk cheese)
Meadow Creek Farms

Wendy and Arlene tag teamed for 90 minutes discussing the ways and means of curds and whey. Those attending received a 20% discount on any cheese purchased that evening. The Brigid’s Abby cheese was cleared from the cheese counter by a few fans and several other selections were sliced to go as well.

Wendy (left) & Arlene (right)

Wendy (left) & Arlene (right)

We bid Arlene adieu and look forward to her eventual return to central Ohio as well as the eventual debut of her goat farm and cheese creation center. As convivium member Jim says, “there is no inconvenience too great for cheese” – so we will wait for Arlene.



  • Bear

    Nice writeup! And some truly delicious cheeses, too — the Brigid’s Abby took best of show for me. Delicious stuff.

  • Bear

    Nice writeup! And some truly delicious cheeses, too — the Brigid’s Abby took best of show for me. Delicious stuff.

  • Bear

    Nice writeup! And some truly delicious cheeses, too — the Brigid’s Abby took best of show for me. Delicious stuff.