Kurt Dammeier, the big cheese from Beecher’s (among local food ventures old and new) sent news announcing the American Cheese Society is holding its 27th annual conference a year from now. Oh, and by the way, he said: last week at the 2009 cheese conference in Austin, 1,327 cheeses were entered in the annual competition and five out of six Beecher’s entries were flagged as winners.
As co-chair of next year’s event, the not-so-stinky-cheese man wants me (and by “me” he means “you”) to know the public’s invited to the “Cheese Oscars” at Benaroya Hall during the four-day shindig on August 28, 2010. (Way to keep ahead of the “save the date”-curve Kurt!) That’s when 1000 paid-up ticket-holders can stroll the red carpet leading to “a food, wine and cheese extravaganza,” said Dammeier, who’s talking 1300 cheeses — one of which, I hope, is the Willapa Hills Ewe Moon I ate for lunch today along with a can of Roland’s spicy octopus with vegetables ($2.25 at Big John’s PFI). So, is Seattle the nation’s “Big Cheese”? Dammeier thinks so, as he explains with this fun video-postcard from our fair city. What do you think?