Celebrate February 14th with two essential Valentine’s day traditions: Champagne and Oooey Gooey, Cheese…
No, Not Fondue, but Raclette!…Ah, two of Europe’s Greatest imports tangled together for a ESB Valentine’s day Rendezvous…How lovely….and delicious.
Start the evening off with a tasting of boutique Champagnes and cremants, hand-selected by ESB founders and board members (all available for purchase). The sparkling wines are from highly rated purveyors from the Champagne region, with many producers who are certified from the European Union as Organic or Biodynamic. In addition they represent of wide range of styles and price points. These small batch champagnes are all elegant and approachable, yet each have distinguishing flavors and mouthfeel based on their grape varietals and winemaking techniques.
Château de Brézé – NV Cremant de Loire, Blanc ($24)
Thierry Richoux – NV Cremant de Bourgogne ($35)
Remi Leroy – NV Champagne, Brut Rose ($68)
Gratiot-Pillière – NV Champagne, Brut Tradition ($37)
Vincent Charlot – 2011 Champagne, L’Or des Basses Ronces ($98)
At some point in the evening, proceed towards the Raclette….
Racelette is a Swiss cheese known just as much for its nutty, full sweet , and ridiculously creamy flavor as it is for its visual appeal. A half wheel of this cow’s milk cheese is placed in a Raclette Melter, where a heat source melts the top of cheese into a bubbly, oozy, and crusted layer.
Long ago Swiss laborers placed their cheese close to the fire until the cheese started to melt. Closely imitating this is the heating unit in a Raclette Melter.
Guests will build a plate from a variety of vegetables, breads, meats, cornichons, and fruit. Once the cheese is ready, it is then scraped off with a knife, and cascaded over the accompaniments. ESB will have its own “Racletteur” present from C’est Cheese to serve guests a creamy scrape of cheese over their plates.
This event is an educational tasting, a communal, social dining experience, and an indulgent and fun way to celebrate Valentine’s day.