Bummer. Last month at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the Covey Restaurant and Brewery was the only local brewer to win a medal. They brought back a silver medal for their Cowboy Lager. I just learned that the place closed on September 24. Guess if you have to go out, it’s nice to go out a winner. Owner Jamie Fulton says chef Sean Merchant “will continue to live and work in the metroplex and is planning to open his own restaurant in the area.”
Last night, author and curd connoisseur Clark Wolf kicked off Central Market’s Hail to the Cheese event — a fortnight of events paying homage to the bacteria, mold, and fermentation we all love so well — with a class in American Artisanal Cheeses. The class’ instructional menu opened with fresh cheeses (Bellweather Farms’ fromage blanc, Dallas Mozzarella Co.‘s goats’ milk ricotta, and Pure Luck’s chevre), wended through soft-ripened cheeses (Cowgirl Creamery’s Mount Tam and stinky Red Hawk, and the poplar ash-tinged Bonne Bouche goat cheese), noodled around in aged cheeses (Rumiano Willow Maid‘s 1-year-old dry jack cheese, Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve artisan farmstead cheese, 4-yr-old Widmer cheddar, and Cabot’s Jasper Hill aged, raw-milk, cloth-bound cheddar), and finally came to rest in the Penicillium-rich bleus (Rogue Creamery smokey blue and the exquisite Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen blue, one of the finest cheeses I have ever introduced to my taste buds).
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On Friday, chef John Tesar will host Burgers & Burgundy, and celebuchef event benefiting DIFFA. All of the details of the evening that features 11 other big name chefs and a big deal live auction are below. Yes, tickets are still available.