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Summer Lunches in Thornbury….

After many, many requests, The Cheese Gallery is thrilled to bring you our Summer Menu, featuring, of course, CHEESE!

Cheese Tasting for Two (our classic) – $21.95

Quiche of the Day with local greens, cucumber & fresh baguette - $8.95

Handmade Quebec sausage with Swiss cheese & Kozliks mustard served on a fresh baguette with locally grown greens - $7.95

Kolapore smoked trout, paired with Primeridge Pure cream cheese served on Gryfe’s bagel and fresh greens  $9.95

Caprese Salad with fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, tomatoe, fresh basil (grown in our backyard) with sliced baguette  $9.95

Brie with local Apple slices and greens on fresh baguette  $7.95

Gryfe’s bagel with Primeridge Pure cream cheese (herb or plain) with sliced tomatoe, cucumber and fresh local greens – $6.95

Classic Cheddar Gourmet Grilled Cheese (fan favourite!)  $7.95

Gourmet Grilled Cheese of the Day (surprise, surprise)   $7.95

Thank you to everyone for your support, encouragement and requests.  Come by, try it out and let us know what you think!

Casey

 

Apple Pie Trail tour with Marta!

Canadian lifestyle and fashion blogger, Marta dropped by The Cheese Gallery during her Apple Pie Trail tour, her tagline is “Where Fabulous Meets Everyday”….love it!  Here’s what she had to say about her day in The Blue Mountains.

Hello Darlings,

Always a nature lover — I grew up spending summers at my grandparent’s farm in Ukraine — and loving the thrill of adventure, the weekend at Blue Mountain satisfied my inner Marta-the-explorer. Savoring down time at Scandinave Spa and pool time at The Westin Trillium was a treat, but exploring the beauty of Ontario’s Apple Country was an experience that I will never forget! To say that it made a lasting impression is an understatement.

We were very lucky to have a guided tour of the region’s celebrated Apple Pie Trail by Patti Kendall of Blue Mountain. Her knowledge of the area, love for the community and friendships with the business owners made this one of the best adventures I have ever experienced. There was so much passion in every individual that we met, it was impossible not to be charmed!

Our day began with a visit to Loft Gallery that’s well known for spectacular landscape paintings. Most of the panting are done by Ontario and Quebec artists and are inspired by the local region. We then headed over across the street to The Honey House! This home-made Beaver Valley honey is the best I’ve ever tried and my particular favorite is their Apple Cinnamon Honey! I stocked up for at least for a month and look forward to going back in June, in time for honey combs!

Following our sweet honey tour, we visited The Cheese Gallery for a grilled cheese sandwich lunch. It was a cheese heaven filled with many artisan delights within an art gallery. The concept was unlike anything I’ve experienced, it offers a true experience of the area in a setting that is cozy and chic.

After a hearty lunch, we made the short drive to Free Spirit Tours for a kayak adventure down the Beaver River. Growing up in Canada and cottaging every summer, kayaking was one of my dad’s and my favorite pastimes. Going down about 5km on a smoothly flowing river was relaxing, rewarding and exhilarating! If you are the adventurous type, try one of their tandem kayaks – some good fun for a couple!

To complete our trip we picked up a few bottles of Iced Apple Cider from Georgian Hills Vineyards and an amazing homemade strawberry rhubarb pie from BlackBird Pie Company.

It was one of those perfect days! I am looking forward to going back and checking out a few other vendors on the Apple Pie trail. It is such an incredible way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

With Love…

Marta

http://withlovegabrielle.com/apple-pie-trail-sweet-adventure

Thanks for your kind words Marta.  We’ll look forward to seeing you on your next trip for a new gourmet grilled cheese!

 

Rant ‘n Raves: The Cheese Gallery

Walking along the main street in Thornbury last Friday, I happened upon “The Cheese Gallery…edible art.”

How had I missed this in the past?  Two of my favorite past-times, food and art!   Mon Dieu!!!  My heart skipped a beat…was it going to be art inside these doors, or food?!  Alas, it was both:)

Big comfy chairs beckon you inside, and along with my personal mantra!

….a smile crosses my face.  Ah, home away from home:)

The space that enfolds The Cheese Gallery is bright without feeling sterile.  White, black and stainless steel can be off-putting or even dated, but here, with the backdrop of chalkboards, antiques and a gorgeous periwinkle/lavender on the walls;  it is crisp, artful and inviting.

There are places to pause and sit, or to take in all of the cheese related accompaniments.   Fresh bread anyone?  The offering of serving pieces seem to be made by local artisans.  Nicely done.

I picked up a couple of balsamic syrups; one infused with fig, the other pear.  In fact there is a tasting bar so that you can sample before you buy.  Also, nice.

The first time I dropped in, I had a great chat with one of the owners,Casey Thomson.  She is clearly into her cheese!  Passion is more like it.  Her staff carry that enthusiasm in recommending cheese.  The variety and quantity is ever increasing, so it is helpful to have knowledgeable and friendly people around to guide you.  It can be overwhelming and intimidating.  They gently encourage you to go beyond your regular aged cheddar and try balsamic cheddar from Wisconsin….I needed no prodding to bring home creamy French Brie with a truffle mousse.  My quick snack on Friday evening…candied walnuts, fig cake…be still my heart!

The second time I popped in, the shop was packed.  My friend and I decided to return later…which we did!  I managed to get a couple of pictures before it was full again.  Some people don’t like getting their photos taken,…so I couldn’t zoom in for a close-up;)

However, I think that you get the picture!

If this isn’t enough….wait for it…..they are licenced!  They sell wine to compliment their seemingly limitless bounty of cheesy comestibles!  Word on the street is that they make a killer grilled cheese! Speaking of  John Cleese, you knew that I couldn’t report here without leaving you with my all time favorite Monty Python Skit.

Thornbury’s Perfect Pairings

Nan chose to celebrate her 88th birthday amongst 32 of her closest friends and family at an outdoor reception on the grounds of Georgian Hills where a Perfect Pairing was conducted in partnership with Robert Ketchin of the Georgian Hills Vineyards and The

Cheese Gallery.

It was a perfect day under the birch trees tasting local fine wine and cheeses.

Happy Birthday Nan!

Happy Birthday to us!!

Well, the Birthday Bash is done, and most of us have recovered from our over-refreshment…the Limey Bastards went down a little too well!

We owe some people lots of thanks:

1.  first and foremost, our fabulous band Parsons & Brown (or Parson Brown, as I like to call them…too much Frosty the Snowman in my youth), who tirelessly played on well past their appointed witching hour,

2.  Courtney of the Thornbury Bakery Cafe, who made our seriously decadent birthday cake (get this — honey lavender goat cheese cake with chocolate silk buttercream icing — I kid you not),

3.  all of  our suppliers who donated treats for our raffle, chief amongst them, the lads at the Cheese Boutique in Toronto, Afrim and Agim,

4.  our wonderful staff who helped us prep — decorating, stocking up, and putting up with my strange experimental drink-making [all in the service of the now infamous "Slimey Bastard" I'm sure. - Ed.], and

5.  OF COURSE, our loyal customers, who showed up and celebrated, and who have made our first year so very memorable!!!

Now….on to the misadventures of the evening!

Casey was at it AGAIN with the Brown-eyed Girl…why am I even slightly surprised??  Me, I prefer the salty tang of a good road song, in this case, the classic “Route 66,” which Parson Brown humoured me with, oh, three or four times in the evening.  [NEVER enough!!! - Ed.] Those of you who know me well, know that it’s all about the road tunes.  I have a playlist that has accumulated over many criss-crossings of the great US of A, and which gets trotted out whenever I hit the bricks for any length of time.  The latest addition?  ”Windows are Rolled Down” by Amos Lee….a perfect example of the iconic road song.  But I digress.

I am sorry to say that there was a distinct shortage of questionable behaviour at the birthday bash.  Generally, I hope for more.  No one was falling down [but there WAS some dancing....sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. - Ed.], no one started a bar fight, and no one was gropping the bartendress [alas! - Ed.] [hey!  that was Casey I was talking about! - WBC].  All in all, you were all WAY too civilized.  Let’s work on that for next time, shall we?!?

Onward to retail toddler-hood!

Wendy

Tasty treats in Thornbury…

June is bringing good weather (sometimes).  The Cheese Gallery is a beehive of activity in the next few weeks with parties, fundraisers and special events…we’d love to have you join the fun !!

  • June 11 – Food tastings by Sarafino.  So Hot Sauces, “art down your throat”…plus Italian oils….tastings start tomorrow 11am, Saturday at The Cheese Gallery
  • June 12 - Taste of the Town - we’ve partnered with Georgian Hills Vineyards and Antje’s Backerie for a tasting experience. Amazing food event!
  • June 25th - It’s our 1st Birthday !! Parsons and Brown will rock the house 7 – 11pm and we’re working on our signature cocktail (sshh, all we can tell you is it will include tequila)
  • July 1st - Canada Day events include pancake breakfast, sidewalk sale, cake cutting, music concerts, pet show, antique car show and parade.  Join us at The Cheese Gallery for ”Adult Apres” 4 – 6pm, $19.95pp includes cheese tasting plate, your choice of wine and Dykstra’s, local, chocolate dipped,strawberries!
  • July 8, 9 – 10 - Chili Ribfest at Cedar Run Horse Park.  Chili Cookoff, Whole Hog and Ribfest! A live music stage all weekend featuring Fathead Blues Band and Trooper
  • July 10 - Town & Country Festival - 1 – 6pm.  Riverside Farm, 1843, is a gorgeous setting where the river runs through it.  7 bands, 10 local food purveyors and more….another tasty afternoon!

Cheeses you should try!  Balsamic Bella Vitano, aged and washed in Balsamic Vinegar, truly a wonderful cheese.  Laliberte, an organic triple cream from Quebec, so smooth, Cottage Gold, the newest cheese from Upper Canada Cheese Co (its only here for the cottage season!)

Hope to see you soon!

Casey

June is jumping in Thornbury…

June is bringing good weather (sometimes).  The Cheese Gallery is a beehive of activity in the next few weeks with parties, fundraisers and special events…we’d love to have you join the fun !!

  • June 11 – Food tastings by Sarafino.  So Hot Sauces, “art down your throat”…plus Italian oils….tastings start tomorrow 11am, Saturday at The Cheese Gallery
  • June 12 - Taste of the Town – we’ve partnered with Georgian Hills Vineyards and Antje’s Backerie for a tasting experience. Amazing food event!
  • June 25th – It’s our 1st Birthday !! Parsons and Brown will rock the house 7 – 11pm and we’re working on our signature cocktail (sshh, all we can tell you is it will include tequila)
  • July 1st – Canada Day events include pancake breakfast, sidewalk sale, cake cutting, music concerts, pet show, antique car show and parade.  Join us at The Cheese Gallery for “Adult Apres” 4 – 6pm, $19.95pp includes cheese tasting plate, your choice of wine and Dykstra’s, local, chocolate dipped,strawberries!
  • July 8, 9 – 10 – Chili Ribfest at Cedar Run Horse Park.  Chili Cookoff, Whole Hog and Ribfest! A live music stage all weekend featuring Fathead Blues Band and Trooper
  • July 10 – Town & Country Festival - 1 – 6pm.  Riverside Farm, 1843, is a gorgeous setting where the river runs through it.  7 bands, 10 local food purveyors and more….another tasty afternoon!

Cheeses you should try!  Balsamic Bella Vitano, aged and washed in Balsamic Vinegar, truly a wonderful cheese. Laliberte, an organic triple cream from Quebec, so smooth, Cottage Gold, the newest cheese from Upper Canada Cheese Co (its only here for the cottage season!)

Hope to see you soon!

Casey

More champagne, egad!

Just when I thought my liver had finally recovered from Saturday’s birthday bash, Casey’s birthday arrives!

We are awash in champagne and ….oh what is it today??….ah yes, TANGERINE juice.

One of my beloved ex-employees from my Wall Street days (you know who you are, cupcake!) sent a message the other day asking if I was ever coming back into the business.  Let me just answer that question for the record:  NO.  No, no, no, no, no, no, no.  And, for the sake of clarity, NO.

Right — back to Casey’s 29th Birthday.  I feel another party coming on. [you ALWAYS feel a party coming on. - Ed.]  [yes, and that's part of my charm! - WBC] Lots of wonderful clients here and Cindy the Employee Extraordinaire has perfected the Bubbling Of The Fondue.  If any of you were on the fence today about a trip to The Cheese Gallery or Thornbury, this is going to be quality!!  I’m just sayin’….

For those of you who have been awaiting the Return Of The Kille…I mean Organic Vegetables [or maybe Killer Organic Vegetables?! - Ed.]  [Well...they ARE good.... - WBC], I am thrilled to announce that Blakely’s Organics will be starting their next winter basket program at TCG next Thursday!  10 weeks of organic fruits and veggies (one week is free if you pay in advance, folks!) in three sizes.  And they have other yummy things as well:  cold-pressed sunflower oil, ginger root, herbs…the list goes on.

And lastly, thanks to all of you who stopped in last Saturday a) to raise a noggin to my happy birthday, and b) to taste Antje’s fabulous pasta, expertly cooked and served up by Roger of Ravenna [sounds like a knight in shining armour. - Ed.]  [Indeed.  I bet he has his own set of coconuts...and has never received anything more serious than a flesh wound. - WBC].  It was a spectacular day on all counts, and a helluva lot of fun to boot.

Yours from my celebratory haze,

Wendy

You know it’s a good morning when…

…one of your booze reps shows up needing you to pair cheeses with certain new ales that she will be taste-testing with clients later in the week.  And — as we all know — the only way to really pick the best pairings is to taste the beer!  Oh darn.  What’s a poor cheesemonger to do?

Employee extraordinaire Cindy Hayhurst was emphatic that this was not in her job description, but was pressed into service nevertheless [I'll just bet she was!! - Ed.].  Her commitment to her career, even in the face of daunting tasks such as this, is truly awe-inspiring.

Fast forward half an hour and we are already awash in weissbier, but making progress with our assignment.  It’s a good thing that we have the coolest clientele on the planet…everyone who came in joined in the fun and didn’t seem to mind at all that there were approximately 18,457 tasting glasses littering the bar and check-out areas.  Cheese tastings all ’round!

Need I add that our booze rep went away happy?  [AND very refreshed, no doubt. - Ed.]

And while I’m on the subject of bread [huh? - Ed.][liquid bread?  Keep up! - WBC], I have to let you all know about Antje’s new fettucine!  IT IS HERE and I can tell you first hand that it is delizioso.   And so our fabulous baker girl has officially expanded to pasta.  Basta!

Cheers,

Wendy

Cookies, Craktals and Chocolate, oh my!

As Wendy sits by the bar, and enjoys her bag  of Macadamia Bark, [did she eat the whole thing? - Ed.] it seems time to think about Valentines (yes, that’s this weekend – Monday, February 14th)

Fraktals Chocolates – some say Cracktals, as its’ true, they are soooooo addictive.  Each piece will be your last piece, until opps, the bag is gone.  Now it’s true, we have polished off our fair share in the shop,[is there any for me? - Ed.] we are stocked for this holiday.  Loved by men, women and kids of all ages, you’ll be a star with this little treat.

“Love me with Chocolate” cookies, or “Caramel Chocolate Chunk” cookies from Heavenly Sweets made famous by Heli are a guaranteed hit!  These cookies are yummy and disappear very fast.

Red Dragon is a MUST HAVE cheese for the mustard lover.  Red Dragon is an English Cheddar with wholegrain mustard seeds and English ale, made in Somerset, England.  This gourmet cheese is  buttery and spicy with plenty of bite but not too hot.  The mustard seeds provide marvelous flavour and texture.  Grilled cheese redefined.

Casey