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Cheese Classes/tastings: Murrays vs. Artisanal

helenabk Dec 20, 2007 10:53 AM


I am looking into taking a cheese class (with wine or beer) and can't decide between the classes at murrays and those at artisanal. anybody have advice?



  1. guttergourmet Feb 16, 2008 04:22 AM

    Just went to a honey and cheese class at Murray's that was fantastic-7 varieties of cheese paired perfectly with 7 varieties of honey. Cheese and bees!

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      aks123 Feb 7, 2008 08:58 AM

      Hi - I am trying to give a cheese/wine class as a birthday gift. Have you decided on yours yet and did you go? I get the feeling the vibe at Murray's is more of what I want (low key, informative, fun)...thoughts? And is there wine at Murray's, ie, cheese basic 101 class or only specific classes. Anyone chime in...much appreciated.

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      1. re: aks123
        tsiblis Feb 7, 2008 10:39 AM

        We really enjoyed the wine/cheese tasting at Murray's and also very much liked the food and wine pairing class at The Culinary Institute.

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          CornflakeGirl Feb 8, 2008 03:44 AM

          I still haven't gotten around to taking another class since Cheese 101 at Murrays but I think it would make a great gift. If I remember correctly, there was a red, sparkling white (or maybe champagne? It's been two years) sparkling water, and then an assortment of accompanyments.

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          CornflakeGirl Dec 20, 2007 12:18 PM

          There was a similar thread about this yesterday!


          I really loved the class at Murray's but I have nothing to compare it to. The next one I take may be at Casellula. I love the unique way she pairs the cheeses.

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            guttergourmet Jan 4, 2008 04:22 PM

            Well, I'm signed up for two classes at murray's so I will compare to Artisanal's. Also signed up for 2 sake classes at Astor Wine. Anyone know about those?

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              jackieparis Jan 30, 2008 04:56 PM

              I'd love to hear some more suggestions about good places to take wine and cheese classes!

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                guttergourmet Jan 30, 2008 05:33 PM

                I enjoyed "The Mystery of the Caves" at Murray's recently-sort of a behind the scenes look focusing on the affineur's role. Going back for a honey cheese pairing. Artisanal's classes were more about the cheeses and the wine pairings. Going to Astor wines for some sake classes-will report back.

          2. guttergourmet Dec 20, 2007 12:16 PM

            I've taken like 8 classes at Artisanal and they were great. I'm sure Murray's is similar. Spread the curd!

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