Cheese, Bites & Booze Winners
Chefs and Cheesemongers pulled out all the stops to create fantastic bites with artisan cheese at Cheese, Bites & Booze on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Our Judges and guests had a chance to try these delectable bites, and weigh in on their favorites. Thank you to ALL of our Chefs and Cheesemongers for their creativity, knowledge and expert taste. Prizes for our winners were generously provided by John Boos/Boos Boards, Food and Farm Tours, and Tahoe Kitchen Company. Here are the winners as decided by our Judges and guests…
Judges’ choice 1st place cheesemonger
Hilary Green of Cowgirl Creamery created her bite using Cowgirl Creamery Hop Along on Dried Green Apple with Cider Onion Confit & a Buckwheat Crepe Crumble. The cider used in her Cider Onion Confit came from AppleGarden Farm, a long-time participant in the California Artisan Cheese Festival.
judges’ choice 2nd place cheesemonger
Jane Bruce of DTLA Cheese created her bite using Sierra Nevada Cheese Company Capra Bianca served on a Honey Almond Crisp with Avocado Blossom Honey, California Almonds, Blood Orange Zest & Beurre le Baratte. Judges were impressed with the way her bite complimented the cheese.
Judges’ choice 3rd place cheesemonger
Stephanie Foss of Whole Foods Market, Sebastopol created a delicious bite using Beehive Cheese Teehive Earl Grey Rubbed Cheese on a Homemade Earl Grey Biscuit, Homemade Orange Marmalade, and Candied Orange. Stephanie served her bites with sips of Korbel Champagne!
People’s Choice cheesemonger
Guests at Cheese, Bites & Booze! sent in their votes for Best Cheesemonger Bite and the big winner was Jena Piciullo of Nugget Market, Sacramento. Jena made a bite with Nicasio Valley Cheese Company San Geronimo paired with a Marcona Almond and hand-wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma. It was dusted with Maple Sugar Crystals and freshly diced Jalapeños, placed on 1/2 of a Dried Fig and bruleed with a torch.
Judges’ choice 1st place chef
Chef Nic Jones of Goose & Gander in St Helena impressed our Judges with his dish made with Beehive Cheese Barely Buzzed Cheddar Grits, Perigord Truffle, Maple, Farm Greens, and Pancetta. Beautiful and a great complement to his featured artisan cheese!
People’s Choice chef
Our guests were impressed with the sweet dish created by Chef Larry Willis of The Gables Wine Country Inn: Pennyroyal Farm Blueberry Laychee on an Almond Cookie with Crème Fraîche and Local Honey.