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July 14, 4:00 P.M. Talk and Taste: The Wine and Cheese of Vermont

July 14, 2024 04:00 PM

Artisan Vermont Cheddars and Natural Wine with Jasper Hill Farm and Ellison Estate Vineyard

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Come for an evening of education and tasting of the best of Vermont food culture featuring Jasper Hill's leading cheese expert, Zoe Brickley, and Adam Davidson and Bethany Breitland of the Vermont Cheddar project.
Guests will have an opportunity to sample five Vermont artisanal cheddars—each with a unique profile yet united in their slow method, quality soil, and happy cows. Along with the cheese, enjoy pairings from the natural winemakers of Ellison Estate Vineyard who will showcase how regenerative farming, sheep grazing, and the Champlain Islands make for the best environment for hybrid native wines. From healthy microorganisms to aging methods to final tastes, this is quintessential Terroir Vermont.

General Admission: $85

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Cabot Clothbound by Jasper Hill Farm
Ellison Estate Vineyard Renewal F 

Governor’s Cheddar by Vermont Farmstead Cheese
Ellison Estate Vineyard Asters and Clover

Plymouth One Year Cheddar by Plymouth Cheese
Ellison Estate Vineyard Little Experiment #2 

Shelburne Farms Two-Year Cheddar by Shelburne Farms
Ellison Estate Vineyard  La Coccinelle Et La Guêpe 

Shepsog by Grafton Village Cheese Company
Ellison Estate Vineyard Renewal M 

Wine generously donated by Ellison Estate Vineyard.

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About Zoe Brickley:
Zoe Brickley began exploring the world of cheese while attending The French Culinary Institute in New York City. From there she took on the role of cave manager and American buyer at Murray's Cheese after some time spent behind the counter. In 2009, Zoe joined the team at Jasper Hill Farm where she led foundational sales and marketing efforts for the growing company. Currently, she directs Jasper Hill's communications, e-commerce, and creative works. Zoe loves to learn more about cheese through teaching, having presented hundreds of hours of content for many organizations, including a recurring course for Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. She is an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional & Sensory Evaluator (ACS CCP, CCSE), board member of the Vermont Cheese Council, and a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers.

About Kendra and Rob Knapik:
Kendra and Rob Knapik founded Ellison Estate Vineyard in 2018 when they purchased an abandoned vineyard on a 50-acre farm in the Lake Champlain Islands in Vermont. Together with a small team, including sheep that are integral to the process, they grow the grapes, make the wine, and run the business. Kendra and Rob are working to restore the land’s health using organic and biodynamic farming practices and have a strong commitment to regenerative agriculture. Ellison Estate Vineyard makes natural wine from one of the oldest and largest single plantings of grapevines in Vermont. All wines are made with native yeast fermentations and minimal intervention in the winery. Ellison Estate Vineyard wines are designed to achieve the purest expression of the Champlain Islands’ terroir. The vines grow on a shallow bedrock of limestone and clay in Grand Isle, located on an island in Lake Champlain. 

About Vermont Cheddar Project:
Adam Davidson and Bethany Breitland created the Vermont Cheddar Project, working closely with Vermont’s cheddar makers to spread their message—and their cheese —to broad audiences. 

Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served.

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Reservation Policy:

All reservations are non-refundable and must be made in advance. Should the event be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, including COVID-19, JBF will offer a range of options, including ticket exchanges, the option to donate tickets, or a full refund. For more information, contact

Alcohol Disclaimer:

James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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