Posted by Kristem Imes
Cheese nerds of the world, unite.
A couple days ago I joked that I was detoxing from dairy and that I needed a 12-step program because I find it so hard to give up cheese. Amazingly, little did I know that cheese has actually been proven to be addictive. Why is cheese addictive? Because it contains opiates (seriously). Milk naturally contains casein molecules which, when digested, break apart to release tiny, powerful opiate molecules, called casomorphins. These casomorphins can be found insubstantially higher quantities in cheese than other dairy products (it takes about 10 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of hard cheese). Crazy, huh? But I digress…
The Wedge is a celebration of Pacific Northwest farmstead and regional artisan cheesemakers who will be featuring their local cheeses in a farmers market style street festival from 10am — 4pm in front of the Green Dragon Pub.
Here you can sample their goods, learn how to make your own cheese, build sandwich at the grilled cheese bar, and attend educational seminars like how to opiates and alcohol, well, kind of…
11am – Beer and Cheese Pairing – Local experts (Brian Butenschoen of Oregon Brewer's Guild, Vern Caldwell of Pholia Farm, Eric Moore from Victory Bar) will lead you through a series of parings of some of the region's great microbrews and cheeses.
1pm – Bring Local and Artisan to your Cheese Board – Cheesemongers (Brandon Weeks of Urban Farmer, Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Andrew Lintz of Elephants Delicatessan) demonstrate how easy it is to put together a cheese plate using local cheeses and delicious accompaniments.
3pm – Spirits and Cheese Pairing – Cheese + local spirits = awesome. Local distillers (Kevin Ludwig of Beaker & Flask, Lynn Bauer of Clear Creek Distillery) and cocktail experts will lead the audience through this unique tasting experience.
Saturday, October 3, 2009 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Green Dragon Pub
928 SE 9th Street
Portland, OR 97214
Free / Seminars are $10 each or $25 for the Dorkin' Out Hard 3 seminar pass. Register here (email).