Cheese Out With Metropolitan Bakery & Madame Fromage
By Danya Henninger
September 17, 2013
Photo by: Danya Henninger
When James Barrett and Wendy Smith Born founded Metropolitan Bakery 20 years ago, it was one of just five artisan bakeries in the country. The pair began stocking local cheese to go along with the bread, but it was extremely hard to come by. How times have changed: now the Rittenhouse Farmer’s Market brings handfuls of cheesemakers to the bakery’s doorstep, and the shop now stocks more than 20 varieties on any given day.
Metro is showcasing the bounty with a series of classes led by cheese queen Madame Fromage (aka Tenaya Darlington, author of the Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese book). Held at Metropolitan Cafe on three Mondays from 7-9 PM, each class will focus on a different aspect of cheesery.
The September 30 class is “Wedges & Beer,” showcasing several Victory Brewing beers alongside five different cheeses. October 7 brings “Wedges & Wine,” with tips on how to pair six cheeses with vino. Finally, on October 21, Birchrun Hills cheesemaker Sue Miller will join and talk about how the curd magic happens. Tickets to individual classes are $35, or you can attend all three for $100 total. Space is capped at 25 people per session, so if you’re gonzo for Gouda or mad about Manchego, sign up today (here).