Cover Photo: French Cheese Board © Kaori Mahajan for WhereNYC
Bottom Line: Blindfolded and completely helpless can actually be a sensual experience, especially when it involves creamy cheese, sinfully silky chocolate and a little naughty imagination. The sixteen invited guests sat at table in the back of The French Cheese Board and took the lid off a very special mystery box challenge.
Review: Cheese and Chocolate: Two things that I never thought I’d pair together, and I hate myself for typing this, but they actually can work. But my seatmate, chocolate enthusiast Clay Gordon of The Chocolate Life, felt little guilt, and like everyone else, was enjoying the experience.
“If you try something new rather than go with something you know works, you sometimes discover a combination that’s delicious.” Well said Clay, and the pairings we had were nothing short of creative.
Of course with our blindfolds, we weren’t allowed any peeking. All I could hear was whispering in French from our hosts, taking care not to divulge the contents of our box. Whether we started with cheese and then chocolate or the other way round, it didn’t matter. They could work simultaneously.
Various combinations presented in four rounds bordered on being bizarre with bold flavors of triple crème and dark bitter chocolate, for example, but all of them were really delicious. Hubert and Anthony seemed to be walking that tightrope between perfection and overkill with each round. I really enjoyed the slightly bitter dark chocolate orange with the slightly tangy, sour chèvre, or goat cheese, but the big shocker was salty cheddar-like Cantal with sweet milk chocolate. The nuttiness of the Cantal mixed beautifully with the sweet creaminess of the chocolate. I lifted my blindfold in disbelief. Did I just eat it all? I took a swig of sparkling cider, surmising my empty box.
The event was nicely done, but although we learned about cheese and chocolates they selected, we never knew how or why they came up with the pairing ideas, or the idea of serving sparkling cider. Was it the result of careful planning with a little inventiveness or the result of a drunken 3am fridge binge? Who knows, but just when you thought you knew everything, the French Cheese Board has surprised us once again.
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