Monthly Archives: April 2013

Rolf Beeler Gruyere :: Comeback King

Remember the Swiss Cheeses from your youth? Those rubbery, mostly bland, hole-y slices of cheese your Dad loved to put on his sandwiches, probably with deli select ham, probably with pickles, and definitely with some all-too-spicy mustard? Well this Gruyere ain’t your daddy’s Swiss Cheese.

For 75 years following World War I, the Swiss Cheese Union was a government organization that actively discouraged dairy farmers from making anything but the most traditional cheese, Emmental. At one point, there …

We ❤ Brooklyn Slate Co.

Our little 10-seat bar fills up on the weekends with folks enjoying cheese and beverage pairings, and we have as much fun planning our flights as you do enjoying them! In our opinion, the cheese MUST look good in addition to, naturally, tasting good.

To show off our cheeses, we proudly serve them up on Brooklyn Slate Co.’s 7×12 inch slate boards. The boards are sourced from New York state slate, hand-cut and polished, and delivered straight to our …

Meet the Monger: Jessie Bryson

Meet the Staff ::

 

For the first ‘Meet the Staff’ on the Righteous Cheese Blog, we’re interviewing Jessie Bryson, who in a nutshell, is a lifetime Apple Computers devotee, was once a gallerina, and will happily eat chicken nuggets when traveling through exotic locations like India. Read on to find out more!

 

Hi! My name is…

Jessie Bryson. Sometimes I can be found around the interwebs as Jessie Chien Bryson. And yes, I essentially interviewed myself for this.

 

I’m originally from…

San Jose, California. West Coast and Apple Computers, representin’ at the shop.

 

How I came to find myself at Righteous Cheese:

I majored in art in college, and was always working an extra restaurant job during and post-college either to have some extra spending money or simply because I couldn’t afford rent once I moved to NY. I realized, after working at a major New York art gallery for several years, that the food scene was much truer to who I was than the art scene, and I was much happier working for restaurant tips than I was for a (albeit somewhat glamorous) desk-job on salary. After a brief but supremely glorious stint of unemployment, I returned to working full-time in restaurants in 2009, much to the dismay of my four-year-college-tuition-paying parents. Then my boyfriend-now-husband’s job required us to move around, meaning once again I was searching for my place in the world (it never ends I tell ya). I found a niche in freelance writing, and when we finally moved to DC last year, I wanted to get involved in DC’s rapidly growing food industry so I could hone in on food and culture writing. I found Carolyn and Righteous Cheese on Good Food Jobs, and the rest is, or will be, history….

 

My current fave from the shop is….

Cypress Grove’s Midnight Moon! Seriously, just try it. That, and Castelrosso. And Monte Enebro. Sweet Grass Dairy’s Green Hill Double Creme is also reallllly good. Ok, I’m done, I promise.

 

My favorite vendor at Union Market (other than Righteous Cheese!) is…

Neopol Smokery. Their smoked salmon salad is out of this world, and they make the best salads and sandwiches in the market – I’ve been eating their fare for the past six months and still not sick of it. Also I am just slightly addicted to the hummus over at the Mediterranean joint, I pick one up most Sundays to stock up for the week.

 

On a Monday afternoon, you can most likely find me at…

Either Kafe Bohem or Blind Dog cafe, working on my laptop. I write real good. And then afterwards, either taking a yoga class at Flow Yoga or throwing around weights at kettlebell class at a studio in Dupont. I gotta offset all the cheese I eat, somehow.

 

My most prominent food memory/memories is/are…

My mom’s dinner parties. Growing up, my sister and I were taught a lot about our Chinese culture, as much as we were provided with our natural American surroundings. My parents are first-generation immigrants and created their own network, their own family, when they moved out here to the States, so we would frequently have dinner parties where any number of my dozens of “aunties” and “uncles” would come over. My mom would spend the whole day prepping for dinner, which were always a mash-up of, say, Farmers Market salads and bowls of Chow Mein. Or, a 20lb. Roasted Turkey and sides of Chinese style long green beans. BBQ short ribs and rice wine pickled cucumber salads. Mapo Tofu (my mom’s is the best) for dinner and cheesecake for dessert.  We did pigs feet and tripe and stuff like that way before it was popular. Anyway, I’d like to think she was into Asian Fusion way before the advent of Momofuku and the Kogi Truck. I learned a lot, culturally, socially, and culinarily, through these dinner parties.

 

My guilty junk food/fast food/low brow food pleasure is…

McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets!! Seriously, I was sick in India once and chicken nuggets were the only things I could stomach – even though I only ate 4 of them. Everything else (even Naan) came up just as it went down (sorry). Add on some of their hot mustard sauce and I’m set. But, I really only eat chicken nuggets like, twice a year, because I really do feel so guilty doing so.

 

You probably wouldn’t tell by looking at me, but I…

Was the captain of my high school soccer team. Glory days I tell ya! I also pledged a sorority in college. There, now all my secrets are out.

 

In another life, I think I was…

A warrior princess

 

If I could start my own business right now or invent something new, I would totally…

Start a regional food & culture magazine, in the vein of Lucky Peach cum Kinfolk cum Edible.  Writing, photography, design, typography, good food, and good styling, these are the things I live for.

 

My most awesome moment in life was when…

I won a trip to Iceland for myself and 10 friends. Not kidding, this happened. I hadn’t won anything up to then, and haven’t won anything since.