Larkin Cold Storage, 47-55 27th St at Austel Pl, Long Island City, Queens. Fifty-six fromage fanatics—including locals like Astoria Bier and Cheese's Mike Fisher and BKLYN Larder's Gizella Otterson—will duke it out for the title of Champion Cheesemonger at this curdy food fest. Cheese aficionado Cristiano Creminelli of Creminelli Fine Meats and Belgian affineur Frederic van Tricht will judge the participants' abilities to cut, wrap and pair cheese with booze while on the clock. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash and a trip to Utah. Onlookers can enjoy in-house treats like grilled cheeses made with an imported Danish Havarti and caraway sauerkraut or open-faced burgers slathered with Bavarian Chiriboga Bleu or Vermont Creamery's chèvre sauce. Brooklyn Brewery will provide beers, and Zev Rovine will pour all-natural wines.
Fourth Annual Cheesemonger Invitational