Beer & Cheese at Beecher Cheese with Gilt City

Cheese is basically one of my love languages. I have an overwhelming fondness for cheese that manifests itself by way of weekly cheese-eating sessions complete with a hipster-approved marble and slate board towering with Gouda, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Goat, Buffalo, grapes, dried fruit, nuts, the works. So, naturally, when Gilt City asked if I’d like to attend a Beer & Cheese Class at Beecher Cheese I said “yes”!

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I have to admit, prior to the class I had heard a lot about Beecher Cheese, especially about their mac & cheese. But I was totally unprepared with how drool-worthy the store actually smells. When you walk through the doors you are instantly hit with the most comforting scent of butter and cheese – it’s pretty amazing (especially if you love cheese, mac & cheese, and anything decadent and comforting). As I’m writing this I am literally kicking myself with regret (okay, not literally) because I didn’t get any of their famed mac!

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Despite my pasta-less evening, I had an amazing time at the class. I am not a beer aficionado. I couldn’t tell you what a hop was if my life depended on it, I probably can’t even pour a beer correctly (assuming there is a right way to pour it). But you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy these classes – the “instructors”, or as I like to call them “genius food guides”, are obviously experts in their subjects but they are so personable that you don’t even notice that you’re learning!

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I learned the difference between an ale and lager, found out so many interesting beer history tidbits, and – thanks to Beecher Cheese’s resident Cheesemonger – I also found the answer to one of my most pertinent cheese questions ever – what exactly are those crystals that make my favorite aged gouda so darn amazing? Turns out those crystals are neither salt nor sugar as I had suspected. They’re actually composed of tyrosine – non-essential amino acids that form with age, and they’re often added into the cheese during the cheesemaking process. I also found out that there’s pretty much an underground group of cheesemakers that are not only incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about everything cheese, but they also meetup at a warehouse (usually in Long Island City) for an epic cheese competition with competitors from around the globe. Um, cheese experts, where can I get a ticket?

Altogether it was an incredibly fun evening, I learned so much. Even if you’re there just for the beer & cheese, it’s so great to listen to people who are passionate about what they do, plus the cheese was amazing (of course). I love that Gilt City features these sort of experiences – it’s such a great way to get out, get to know your city, and do and try new things! Thanks for having me Beecher Cheese, I cannot wait to return (and finally try that mac)!

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Brunch with Gilt City: Catch NYC

I don’t think there are words that describe how relaxing and fun it is to have brunch with one of your closest friends (okay, my sister) on a rooftop surrounded by the city sights and sounds of the Meatpacking District. But I’ll try. This weekend, thanks to Gilt City and Catch – a trendy restaurant in the heart of the Meatpacking District – I was able to try Catch’s exclusive Gilty Menu.

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To start we both ordered the Catch Roll, which features tender crab, salmon, and miso-honey. My sister and I adored this roll – we eat a lot of sushi, and we could tell right off that the salmon and crab were fresh and we loved how they torched the roll whilst serving it. As a party of the Gilty Menu, you also get a glass of Chandon Delice – which is delicious by the way!

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You get about four options for your entree, and trust me it is hard to pick with tasty brunch opportunities like Blueberry Pancakes with orange segments and blueberry butter or Organic Chicken Breast salad with Tuscan kale and caraway seed vinaigrette. Alas, we both settled on the Lobster Roll, served with old bay chips. There’s something irresistibly decadent (and dare I say New York) about eating lobster while sipping bubbly on a roof downtown.

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The lobster roll was hands down the best lobster roll I’ve had in the city. I’m not kidding, and I’ve had quite a few rolls. There was a generous portion of meat (and ample claw meat at that), but not too much that it becomes overwhelming. The lobster salad had a delicate citrus flavor and benefited greatly from the presence of chives, a buttery potato roll, and a side of old bay potato chips.

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For dessert we were served a chocolate cookie sundae with caramel chocolate sauce and the ice cream of the day – there definitely was a scoop of chocolate ice cream, and the green colored scoop tasted of either matcha or basil – it was literally the most perfect dessert for our brunch. Honestly, Catch served up one of my most favorite meals that I’ve had this summer – I definitely recommend that you pounce on their deal with Gilt City!

The Gilt City Catch offer is a part of Gilt City’s Best of Gilt City collection! Snap up your next NYC experience by checking out the entire collection here!

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