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Celebrating Cheese in Asheville!

Posted on by Susan Murray

WNC Cheese Makers Offer a Wide Variety of Cheeses

WNC Cheese Makers Offer a Wide Variety of Cheeses

April 2015 is Western North Carolina Cheese Month for the inns of Asheville. The Carolina Bed & Breakfast, along with the other inns of the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association, has partnered with the members of the WNC Cheese Trail in a celebration of Cheese!

This month, our inns will be serving and cooking with artisan cheeses made in the mountains and valleys of our area.  Guests will enjoy cheeses from such distinguished local creameries as Looking Glass Creamery, Spinning Spider Creamery and Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery and more.  We will use them in our dishes and have samples for tasting at our evening reception  In addition, guests at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast will receive recipes from members of the WNC Cheese Trail and from me to take home with them.

Some Products from Looking Glass Creamery

Some Products from Looking Glass Creamery

And there is more!  Guests at our inn over the weekend of April 26 can purchase tickets from us to the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest taking place on Sunday, April 26 from Noon to 4PM at  Highland Brewery.  Inside the Brewery true cheese aficionados and aspiring cheese-makers can enjoy cheese pairings with wine and beer as well as learn from a number of panel discussion some of the art of cheese-making both in the past and present. (Due to space limitations please contact us if you would like to attend one or all of these events).  Outside, the lovely meadows surrounding the Brewery will play host to a wide variety of vendors as well as milking demos, Mozzarella stretching, bicycle powered butter-churning and (my favorite) a Grilled Cheese Competition between some of Asheville best chefs!

As for the Carolina Bed & Breakfast, each week we will feature six different cheeses both in our breakfasts (when appropriate) and in our evening reception.  Cheeses range from hard to soft, cow’s milk Brie to Gorgonzola and more.  As a bonus, here is a recipe for Fresh Figs, Goat cheese and Almonds.

FRESH FIG, GOAT, CHEESE AND ALMONDS

Per person

1 ripe fresh fig, cut in half

2 tsp soft goat milk cheese.  (We recommend Buttercup from English Farmstead)

2 Marcona Spanish Almond2

Honey

Preheat broiler to high.  Spread each fig half with 1 tsp of goat cheese and top with an almond.  Place under broiler for about two minutes until the cheese is melting and the almond is lightly browned.  Drizzle with a little honey and serve.

Figs can also be served with WNC Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Balsamic Glaze

Figs can also be served with WNC Mozzarella, Prosciutto and Balsamic Glaze

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