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Press Day: Salon du Fromage 2018

Press Day: Salon du Fromage 2018

About a month after the December judging of the 2018 Salon du Fromage Coups de Coeur, we reunited in a coffee bar called Malongo in the Paris’ sixth arrondissement. The day was billed as a “point presse” (a press day) where interested journalists could come to learn more about the 2018 Salon and taste the winners of the Coups de Coeur contest. Xavier Thuret reprised his role as host and presented the cheeses. Also participating was my fellow blogger. Camille (Claire was unable to join us, unfortunately) as well as the Salon President, Alain Dubois, and the Salon’s communications team.

 The Cheese Guru himself, Xavier Thuret. The colors of the French flag on his collar mark him as a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, i.e., one of the best in his profession in all France.

The Cheese Guru himself, Xavier Thuret. The colors of the French flag on his collar mark him as a Meilleur Ouvrier de France, i.e., one of the best in his profession in all France.

 Cheese with flowers: a little weird, but good. Gruyère behind it.

Cheese with flowers: a little weird, but good. Gruyère behind it.

I was glad to be able to taste these cheeses again with a fresh palette, as we were utterly spent at the end of the original session. In addition to my favorite from the tasting (the Vacherin-Fribourgeois), we had a sensational Munster and delicious English Cheddar. And if I’m being honest, the best thing I ate that day was Xavier’s private-label Roquefort paired with a chestnut purée, which was AMAZING. My least favorite was the tasting of various cheeses with coffee. I like coffee. I like cheese. I like them separately.

 The Vacherin-Fribourgeois that I chose originally (left).

The Vacherin-Fribourgeois that I chose originally (left).

 A sensational Munster, perfectly balanced.

A sensational Munster, perfectly balanced.

 Xavier's Roquefort and its paparazzi. I chased him around the table because I couldn't get enough of this!

Xavier's Roquefort and its paparazzi. I chased him around the table because I couldn't get enough of this!

I was lucky to finish the event in quiet conversation with Alain, who shared what it was like importing cheese into the United States in its heyday, the 1970s, before the FDA came down with stricter ruling. I feel certain that one of my relatives bought cheese from his little corner of Bloomingdale’s in New York!

 The Salon du Fromage team. 

The Salon du Fromage team. 

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