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Sign up here for be the coordinator of the month for the cheese (plate) of the month discussion. Reply by stating which month from April to September you'll take on these duties, first come, first served. The coordinator will select the cheese or cheeses from the communal list for this time period as posted here,
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894471
and kick off the discussion at the start of the month. This need not be the absolute most popular selection from the list. And the inevitable "other duties as assigned" may come up.

Concerned that more cheese knowledge is required than you have? Not to worry. This is an administrative task and any one who posts here is qualified.

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  1. Veggo volunteers for May.

    1. I'll volunteer for June. But..someone still needs to step up to the plate for April????

      First come, first serve, your choice of cheese. I'd like to know what administrative tasks are involved other than starting the monthly thread?

      1 Reply
      1. re: Phoebe

        Thank you, Phoebe (and Veggo too). Yes, we still need someone for April.

        Beats me, I thought there'd be a land office grab to volunteer for a month and have the privilege of choosing one's own cheese(s) interests for discussion. Really, the only responsibility is to pick one or more cheeses to talk about that month and start the thread. The job title, "coordinator", is much too lofty for what's entailed and shouldn't scare folks off. I jokingly put in other duties as assigned because it's a stock phrase in every job description. :) We just have to wait and see how this evolves. I'll just say that I can't think of anything scary that's required. But given the hurt feelings that seem to abound in getting to this point, wanting to lay low is understandable. I'd like to check out of here myself but I hope we can put those bumps in the road behind us.

        I suppose one could offer up some explanation of why a particular choice for the month from among those nominated. Maybe the cheese was selected because you've never tasted it before and want to learn about it in depth. Or could be that it started with the letter "A" and you're exploring the world of cheese in alphabetical order. Perhaps a dart board selection . . . close your eyes and pick one randomly. Or it sparked the most interesting comments or "recommendations" in the nomination thread.

      2. Hi, Melanie, and everyone. I'm going to repost something I just posted in the thread titled Cheese of the Month (Week, Etc.) :

        I'd rather wait until at least May to play Cheese Host of the Month, mainly because I've never seen a ChOTM thread.

        When I do, it would likely be one or more triple-cremes, such as St. Andre (my favorite eating cheese), Pierre Robert (which I haven't even tried yet, but I saw at WF), St. Angel, maybe Explorateur. Maybe even Brie.

        I don't drink, so wine recommendations would have to come from someone else (though I remember liking whites, including some fruity ones, like Gewurtztraminer).

        I would do this any month, really.

        My favorite cheese of all is Parmigiano-Reggiano (see my avatar), and I would be happy to talk about that, too. Though these days, I mainly use it in cooking, as eating too much of it gives me headaches.

        3 Replies
        1. re: Jay F

          Thanks for sharing your thoughts, JayF.

          I see you've found the March 2013 Cheese of the Month thread for Taleggio now,
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/892781

          Please do add your ideas for candidates for ChOTM to the nomination thread,
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/894471

          Maybe someone will pick one of your suggestions as their own. Would you like to sign up for July?

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Yes. I will sign up for July. That'll give me time to see whether I like fromage Pierre Robert and others.

            1. re: Jay F

              I'll sign up for August and Jay F I'm posting my reply attached to yours so it falls directly under your volunteer spot for July.

              HillJ-August.

        2. I am happy to take April. We are "unplugging" and leaving town for a week starting March 29th, so I will start the new thread that morning then will be radio silent for a while. I hope that is cool - it will give us all a couple extra days to pick up our new cheese!

          I have very little cheese knowledge, but will post some links I find helpful....I know the experts will take it from there!

          20 Replies
          1. re: EmBrooks

            No offence intended, but you are going to start this new initiative but not be able to monitor it during the infancy? I think anyone could do that.

            1. re: Fowler

              I am not sure what you are asking? Based on the March boards a cheese was chosen, some people complained (but in the end tried something new), some people jumped on board and by the end of it several people had tried a new cheese and some learned more about a cheese they already knew and loved.

              I volunteered because no one else did and I enjoyed the March COTM and wanted to see it continue with a minimum of hand wringing - if you would like to take April, I am happy to let you have it.

              1. re: EmBrooks

                Em, just run with it. I'll take the baton in May. Thanks for volunteering!

                1. re: EmBrooks

                  I once again will mention that I intend no offence at all but thought you were going to be starting the thread but then right away leaving town for a week and being "radio silent" or in other words not communicating for a while?

                  1. re: Fowler

                    I'll pick up the slack. 3 weeks outa 4 ain't bad, better than Meatloaf's 2 outa 3, by 8.3%.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Bless you, my son. I'd volunteer if I had a clue how to do it. (My computer skills sync to about 1990.)

                      1. re: pikawicca

                        pikawicca, take September! Then the next six months are good to go and we can call this part of the process over and out!

                        1. re: HillJ

                          So, you are willing to hold my hand every step of the way? If so, I'll do it.

                          1. re: pikawicca

                            You know I will :-) and I'll expect you to provide the same in August.

                      2. re: Veggo

                        Just remind me again (this time with feeling, V!) now that I've volunteered for August I only need to select from the list of nominations left by August, correct a mundo?

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Dealers' choice. Consider nominations, general availability, utilization, cost, maybe wine pairings, as an ingredient, mystique, interesting history, seasonality, make most of us more informed and interested, deliciousness. Laughing Cow doesn't qualify..:)

                          1. re: Veggo

                            Okay, in other words no pressure :)

                            plenty of time to think about it...and keeping this FUN!

                            1. re: Veggo

                              Well Hell's bells!

                              Here I was, screwing my courage to the sticking place...dreamily fantasizing about doing a month, introducing everyone to the delights of Laughing Cow paired with an amusing white Zin on the rocks! :-D

                              I'm really pleased with the decisions thus far. Can't wait, guys. Thanks to those who stepped up.

                            2. re: HillJ

                              Open call for an August volunteer, I won't be available.

                            3. re: Veggo

                              LOL!!!

                              Well, if you cannot be serious about this monumental subject, I guess I cannot either. :-)

                              1. re: Fowler

                                Yeah Fowler don't spoil this precious moment with a serious question!!! I'm going to have to up my workouts to justify all this cheese indulgence.

                                1. re: Fowler

                                  We are not acquainted, but I assure you I seriously want to see this board succeed. Cheese is fascinating, global, and there are very experienced minds here who contribute their knowledge pro bono for the love of it.

                                2. re: Veggo

                                  Thanks Veggo. Hopefully it won't be too much extra work since (my understanding of) the roll is that it is to kick off the topic, not moderation. You have already done a lot to get this off the ground. I just want to eat cheese!

                                  1. re: EmBrooks

                                    Me too, EmBrooks! I am so elated by my experience with Taleggio that I cannot wait for April!

                          2. re: EmBrooks

                            And I'm happy that you've signed on for April! So cool, it's hot. The job really is that simple: pick a cheese or two from the list and start a new topic. Anything more is entirely up to you. And yes, if you don't have the info yourself, you can quote from other sources and include links. Doing that kind of research is the best way to learn.

                            I'll add a few general comments shortly. Enjoy your spring break and again, thank you!

                          3. I've completely given up on the "Cheese Forum".

                            You folks have taken a good idea & turned it into a cornucopia of confusion & overworked discussions on nothing. And this is just for getting things started. This isn't the U.N. - thank God.

                            Have fun guys.

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: Bacardi1

                              Actually, if the folks here ran the UN it would be less corrupt and more effective...IMHO

                              1. re: Bacardi1

                                Awww, sorry you feel that way. I think it is pretty typical to fumble around a bit when setting up something new. I hope you will give the cheese forum another try in a month or two. There are obviously a lot of knowledgeable people here as well as eager-to-learn types (like myself, who may not contribute much initially).

                                I have already found that this forum has enriched my cheese-eating experience and am very thankful for that.

                                In fact, I am off to brave Costco on a Saturday (something I rarely do!) because I want to check out the blues in the cheese section.

                              2. To recap:

                                April - EmBrooks

                                May - Veggo

                                June - Phoebe

                                July - Jay F

                                August - HillJ

                                September - still up for grabs

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                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                  I will take September.

                                  1. re: jlhinwa

                                    Splendid! We have a full slate. Thanks to all the volunteers.

                                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                                      Thank you, too, Melanie. Good job organizing it all.

                                      1. re: Jay F

                                        You're welcome. Not my doing, actually. This process was one of three proposed by "cheesemaestro", and then selected by majority vote among those who participated in a poll. I merely asked the community to stay the course and implemented accordingly. We're set for now. And let's keep the convo going on how we want to change/evolve.

                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                          Hurray and thanks to everyone for volunteering. I hope one of our coordinators will start a conversation about terms used in describing cheeses. It will really help if we're all on the same page or at least in the same chapter. I'm looking forward to this.

                                          1. re: ItalianNana

                                            If you want to talk about cheese terminology, please feel free to kick that off in a new topic. That's a good idea.

                                            It is most curious. Every time I've suggested to anyone to initiate a thread on this board for his/her question, no one does. I don't understand this behavior at all. Very weird.

                                            ETA: That's not meant as a personal criticism. I'm simply baffled. I have difficulty seeing how we can sustain a Cheese Board if this reluctance to bring topics to the table is so widespread. The burden needs to be on ALL OF US to make something happen.

                                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                                              Melanie,

                                              You are quite right. I myself am a bit puzzled by some of us on this board. I think it's related to the great gap in knowledge between those who are clearly worldly cheese fanciers and those who are abject novices. I am getting over that.

                                              HillJ has started the thread and I'm having a great time with the first link!

                                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                "Every time I've suggested to anyone to initiate a thread on this board for his/her question, no one does. I don't understand this behavior at all."

                                                I am guilty as charged, but prior to sentencing I would like to say that I have been suffering from a terrible case of March Madness which has significantly reduced the amount of time I have to post right now.

                                                I do promise to get that Liederkranz versus Limburger post started soon though.

                                                1. re: Fowler

                                                  Thanks to you and ItalianNana for being so gracious and I look forward to your contribution. My words looked harsher than their intent.

                                                  As Jim Leff used to say, Chowhound doesn't have programming directors like TV networks who decide what you get to see. Each person who posts here has the power to turn this forum toward the discussions that are of greatest interest to him or her by initiating new topics where like-minded posters will join in. That's how you build community.

                                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                    Melanie, I in no way thought your words were harsh and really appreciate your enthusiasm and desire to spark conversation.

                                              2. re: ItalianNana

                                                ItalianNana, good idea you had. I started a thread on cheese terminology. pls join me over there!

                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/895501

                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                  It's pretty cool.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    HillJ

                                                    Thanks lady,
                                                    I've been strolling thru the first link posted on the new thread, the glossary from the Wisconsin site. Only got to the "H" thus far & I already know perhaps twice as much about cheese as I did when I woke up!

                                                    1. re: ItalianNana

                                                      My pleasure! The opportunity to learn more is a great motivator!

                                      2. Just a couple of housekeeping things for the ChOTM coordinators:

                                        DaveMP requested that thread titles be in this format:

                                        Taleggio: Cheese of the Month (Mar 2013)

                                        Putting the name upfront helps with search engine optimization and makes it easier to find when scanning the boards.
                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8929...

                                        The post that kicks off the discussion each month should include the growing list of links to earlier months' ChOTM threads to build a quick way to get to the archive.

                                        Other than that, the other things gleaned from people's comments on what they'd like to see for the project are two cheeses a month to take into account cost and availability. Selecting one broader category of cheese would also serve this purpose. Also at one point "cheesemaestro" had expressed his preference for a bi-weekly discussion, so having two or more cheeses each month introduces the desired variety.

                                        Other thoughts for the coordinators?

                                        1 Reply
                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                          Thank you for putting this all in one place Melanie!

                                        2. I would like to start looking for cheeses.
                                          When will list be posted?

                                          5 Replies
                                          1. re: jpr54_1

                                            Referencing Melanie Wong's recap on this thread and reminders on the other for volunteers each month we'll be looking for CH Embrooks to select and begin an April thread to get the next CHofM going.

                                            Should be fun!

                                            1. re: jpr54_1

                                              >>>When will list be posted?<<<

                                              Keep your eyes on the horizon watching for white smoke or black smoke. That is what I am doing and when I see white smoke I will know a decision has been made and I will check the board to see the results.

                                              1. re: jpr54_1

                                                My understanding is that they will be posted at the beginning of each month. I can go ahead and start the April thread if that is incorrect.

                                                1. re: EmBrooks

                                                  EmBrooks, Is there a chance you could post your cheese decisions soon so those of us that may have questions for you regarding parameters may ask them before you are taking off on vacation when you will not be available for questions, clarifications, etc?

                                                  Thanks and I am glad you are taking the lead!

                                                  1. re: EmBrooks

                                                    Great kick-off, Em, thank you very much.

                                                2. Calling out to Jay F, HillJ and jlhinwa: could we please caucus for a moment?

                                                  Two months ago, HillJ asked for a replacement for August duty.
                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8944...

                                                  So far, no one else has volunteered. I have a couple suggestions for covering August and would like your input.

                                                  1) HillJ, could you take either July or September if Jay F or jlhinwa were willing to trade months with you?

                                                  2) If that doesn't work, jlhinwa, would you be willing to take August? Then that gives us more time to see if somebody will volunteer for September or the start of a new cycle.

                                                  18 Replies
                                                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                    Oh I am so glad you nabbed this thread. I didn't want to leave the cheese gang hanging. I will be logged off CH July and August in favor of work in Montreal & Spain.

                                                    I would be happy to return with a commitment to cover Sept.

                                                    Jay F, jihinwa, if that helps pls confirm here.

                                                    Thanks MW.

                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      Ok, so we need to hear from jlhinwa if you can swap your August for jlhinwa's September.

                                                      1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                        Jlhinwa hasn't posted in 11 days...

                                                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                          I'm around for another 10 days and then I'm logged off for two months. If we don't hear back on coverage July-Sept beforehand, my offer to swap stands for Sept.

                                                      2. re: Melanie Wong

                                                        Sorry, I have been a little MIA. My mom is terminally ill and is in her last days. July is likely not to be good for me, but I would be willing to take August. That will give me a good reason to do some "research." :-) I will watch here to see what the end result is.

                                                        1. re: jlhinwa

                                                          I'm truly sorry to hear your news.

                                                          Thank you for being flexible at this time.

                                                          So our upcoming schedule is:

                                                          July - Jay F

                                                          August - jlhinwa

                                                          September - HillJ

                                                          We're covered.

                                                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                            Sorry to hear your news!

                                                            Apparently JayF is also unavailable, so I've been drafted.

                                                            I'll start the thread for July.

                                                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                              Thanks for stepping in on short notice, Ruth. You're a cheese champ!

                                                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                So, its a feta complete. (Sorry!)

                                                              2. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                happy u decided to step up.

                                                            2. re: jlhinwa

                                                              Sorry to hear your Mom isn't well,j. Thank you for checking back.

                                                              See u on the Cheese board in Sept!

                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                Hi there, ready to start for September?

                                                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                                                  all set!

                                                              2. re: jlhinwa

                                                                I cannot even imagine what you are having to go through, Julie. I am sorry to hear about this. My heart goes out to you and your family during this terrible time.

                                                                1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                  Thank you all for your kind words. Sadly, my mom did pass away June 29. I'm relieved for her to no longer be struggling, but I miss her terribly.

                                                                  I've just about just finished up the last of the thank-you notes and other family tasks so am ready to think about cheese again!

                                                                  I have been sorely tempted to choose gjetost as the August cheese of the month in my mom's memory...it was her favorite cheese and it was served at the lunch following her funeral service.

                                                                  Don't worry, reason has prevailed over sentimentality so it will be something of more broad appeal. Gjetost, while something I enjoy greatly, is a love it or hate it thing and I find more people on the hate it side of the fence.

                                                                  I will post the August COTM thread tomorrow.

                                                                  1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                    I am so sorry for your loss. I greatly admire your clarity and hope that delicious cheese will be a welcome distraction at this time!

                                                                    One of the things we had bandied about is having a cheese PLATE of the month. So if you'd like to pick Gjetost as one selection, plus one or two others to round out the plate, please feel free.

                                                                    1. re: jlhinwa

                                                                      Julie, I extend my sincere condolences. I think it would be great if you chose Gjetost in honor of your Mother. I have never tried it (I suspect some others here have not as well) and it would give us a chance to try something new.

                                                                      1. re: Fowler

                                                                        So sorry about your mom, jlhinwa. May your cheese adventures continue unabated in her honour!