"Bourdain Day" Continues: How National Wine & Cheese Day Influenced My Culinary Decisions by Kevin Lynch

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"Bourdain Day" Continues: How National Wine & Cheese Day Influenced My Culinary Decisions

The monthly Bourdain Day dining homage continued on July 25 at The Blind Monk in West Palm Beach, Fla. Coincidentally, July 25 fell on National Wine and Cheese Day, thus rendering our culinary decision obvious. 

Pairing wine with cheese is a centuries old practice. Most Old World hamlets held blacksmiths and carpenters, but also fromagers and vintners producing regional cheeses and wines. These goods were often shared communally amongst the villagers. Because of this tradition, basic wine and cheese paring today adheres to proximity. Simply, French cheese with French wine, Italian wine with Italian cheese, etc.

Photo: The Blind Monk

Our Bourdain brethren completely dismissed this practice, however, instead starting with an American pale ale from California, followed by some Central Coast California reds to pair with cheeses from Vermont, Utah and Germany. The standout was the Cambozola, a German cow’s milk cheese inspired by blending French-style cream cheese with Italian Gorgonzola. Basically, we were able to tap three regions with one cheese. 

This month we went more traditional than cultural, but we experienced the time-honored practice of cheese and wine pairing and discovered along the way.

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Donna John
Love that you're doing this, Kevin Lynch . I've been binge watching "No Reservations" recently. Last night I watched his Penang episode and found a recipe for Char Koay Teow I'm going to try and make soon. So there's another way keep honor Anthony - make new recipes he's eaten in his travels. Can't wait to see what you do next month.
Elisa Schmitz
This is fantastic. What a great adventure! I absolutely love Cambozola cheese. It's Dieter Schmitz and my fave! I could probably have a wine and cheese pairing every night for dinner and be a happy woman. Thank you for celebrating Anthony Bourdain like this and for sharing with us, Kevin Lynch !
Love this! Wine & cheese night...I think this is a must! I look forward to next month!
Meredith Schneider
Love it! Thanks for sharing Kevin Lynch and for keeping Anthony Bourdain alive in our memories and dining experiences. This sounds like a perfect date night. Agree with Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds, I could do a wine and cheese paring everynight too. So going to check out The Blind Monk.

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