Review: “Cheese Art” and Tasting @ French Cheese Board June 11-19, 2016

Cheese, honey, edible flowers on crackers.

Visitors savored cheese, honey, edible flowers on crackers.

Bottom Line:  Already into its sixth day, the buzz was a little quieter than previous events at the French Cheese Board, but the carving of the cheese sculpture was an amazing treat, and then of course, there were the hors d’œuvres. Yummy.

The celebrated cheese map at French Cheese Board.

The celebrated cheese map at French Cheese Board.

The good stuff. Guests enjoyed tasty bites with some daring combinations.

The good stuff. Guests enjoyed tasty bites with some daring combinations.

Review:  Beautiful weather on a Friday just screams for a stroll in SoHo, but what could be better than also shopping for delicious French cheese? No one is more aware of this than the organizers at the French Cheese Board, whose new concept store south of Houston Street has turned into a small lab, a boutique and meeting spot, where cheese-lovers all converge in search for the next big idea.

Comté carving? An exquisitely cut by artist Kraï .

Comté carving? An exquisitely cut by artist Kraï .

A gallery, a concert, a lifestyle of cheese.

A gallery, a concert, a lifestyle of cheese.

Started in 2014 as a mission to promote French cheeses in the U.S., it has now transitioned into a concept store, bringing a little more quirkiness and creativity into savoring cheese. From experimental labs, classes, tastings and showcases, the French Cheese Board is taking it to the next level: cheese as a lifestyle rather than just sustenance.

Carving a mimolette. Forget pumpkins on Halloween; let's have these instead.

“We don’t need no stinking pumpkins!” Artist Kraï carving a mimolette.

Some combinations worked better than others. The banana with roquefort was one step too far.

Some combinations worked better than others. The banana with roquefort was one step too far.

Like a gastronomic gallery, visitors come to enjoy the frequent events, marvel at the displays and maybe sip the odd glass of wine, before buying some delicious cheeses on their way out.

Toy cows and delicious cheese

Toy cows and delicious cheese

Oh my god yummy!

Oh my god yummy!

Confiture heaven. Visitors can purchase jams at the French Cheese Board.

Confiture heaven. Visitors can purchase jams at the French Cheese Board.

Exit through the gift shop.

Exit through the gift shop.

Check out the French Cheese Board for upcoming events.

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