Urban/Local: A Cheese Speakeasy

Celebrate the Cheese Grotto Kickstarter Launch with Us!

You are invited to the 2nd Annual Speakcheesy – this time with a Cheese Grotto twist! Come join us for a night of delicious cheeses, top quality local pairings of honey, chocolate, preserves and microbrews, a DJ set by the very talented Adam Schatz, and a guided tasting map. Meet featured makers, retailers, designers and restaurateurs in one night to celebrate Cheese Grotto™ and its Kickstarter launch!

There will be a screening of our Kickstarter video and a special peek at our products in person. No cover charge, but donations to our Kickstarter are very much appreciated. RSVP here.
Featured makers:
And the list of makers is still growing! See the most updated list here.
Where: 61 Local, 61 Bergen, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When:  Friday, November 21 from 7pm to 10pm

Cost: Free, but donations to the Kickstarter are encouraged.

RSVP here

We’re surrounded by amazing support from the professional cheese community, with nods of approval from Murray’s Cheese, Saxelby Cheesemongers, Talbot & Arding, Formaggio Kitchen, Cowgirl Creamery, Cheese Connoisseur, and many more!  Cheese Grotto is a Kickstarter Staff Pick and is one of the featured Kickstarter Design products.  Come pledge and party so we can make this cheesy dream a reality!




This is an annual event that will be happening again soon! Read below for details from the first successful “Speakcheesy”.


It is with great pleasure that I announce a collaboration between fellow Brooklyn based cheese maker, Matt Spiegler, and I, in one incredible cheese soirée.  The evening will be an eclectic mix of urban and locally made cheeses, beer from Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford of Finback Brewery (Queens’ newest craft brewers), a screening of a new short cheese making film that I have been working on during the last few months, and more!  This is the perfect way to learn about one of your favorite food groups….cheese!  The event will be held at Skytown, a bar and café in Bushwick.

Matt Spiegler writes the well read blog, Cheese Notes, which spans the horizons of everything cheese related.  His close ties with the local and international craft cheese culture make him a great resource! Cheesemakers at URBAN/LOCAL will include Jos Vulto of Vulto Creamery, Yoav Perry of ArtisanGeek.com, Jon Bonanno of Arattom Dairy, Vito Forte of the Drifter, as well as Matt and I.  The variety will be spectacular, the pairings will engage your senses, and the music will elevate your mood.

You can read more about some of the participants in the “urban cheesemaking” post Matt wrote for Modern Farmer.

Local Food Line UP

Cheese Makers

Jos Vulto of Vulto Creamery, featuring his new cheese, Miranda

Yoav Perry of ArtisanGeek.com

Jon Bonanno of Arattom Dairy

Vito Forte, featuring The Drifter

Matt Spiegler of Cheese Notes

Jessica Sennett of Cheese in the City, featuring Oil Cured Goat Feta


NYSHUK- The Art of Couscous, featuring Tanzeya, a dried fruit and spices chutney


Wilk Apiary featuring raw, urban honey


SCRATCHbread featuring sourdough and buckwheat sour


Finback Brewery

Entertainment Line UP

8 PM: Anna/Kate, a queer indie jazz folk duo

9 PM: URBAN/LOCAL Chapter 1 Short Film, Cheese Making with Jos Vulto


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