la fromagerie cheeseroom at christmas

Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage, photographed by Jeremy Coleman

Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage, photographed by Jeremy Coleman

27 years ago I fell in love with one cheese, Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage, while on a skiing holiday in the Savoie. Today there are some 250 cheeses on our list. Many are traditional and all are regional. Some are new with recipes taking note of old techniques but with fresh eyes. It is exciting to see new British cheesemakers bravely creating their own style and showcasing the milk from cattle grazing on fresh pastures, made into what will become British Classics.  With this in mind the Cheesemongers and I have put together some great selections for our festive and winter cheeseboards.

There will be old favourites and aged hard cheeses in perfect contrast to the fresher, creamier and rind washed versions; finishing with powerful blue veined cheeses to bring the taste sensations to a great finish. There will be wines, port and beer all carefully chosen for their affinity, and we are already getting excited to be entering this most wonderful time of the year.

Patricia Michelson Founder & Director

Patricia Michelson
Founder & Director

 

the perfect festive cheeseboard

 
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So much is brought to the table during the festive season. However, the cheeseboard need not be an add-on, more a thoughtful and select choice of favourite and rarer cheeses to savour and enjoy en famille, or even more indulgently on your own! Whether a fine cheddar with its crumble breaking down as it melts in the mouth, or a Stilton with its sharp, flinty blue veins threading through the rich buttery cheese, these are happy memories.  Whether traditional or pushing the envelope to experience the taste of Swedish Almnas Tegel a hard, fruity cheese, a spicy Bavarian alpine Alpe Bergkase with its smooth chewy, rich and fruity flavours, or an Italian Ragusano cheese from Sicily which embraces a sharp and bosky style from pastures around the Ibli hills;  there are so many different ways of enjoying a cheesecourse as part of the meal or on its own accompanied by a glass of wine or the nectar of the Douro Valley – a finely balanced Port.

So, about that Queue… at Christmas the Cheeseroom is transformed into a cavern laden with farmhouse cheese. Our Cheesemongers work swiftly & efficiently but more importantly they make sure that every customer gets one on one service with a dedicated expert to ensure they take home their perfect festive cheese board. It’s busy & bustling and all the shop floor team are on hand to help with all the Christmas preparations, enjoy a coffee, sample some wine, nibble some cheese tasters & enjoy.

 

gifting essentials

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With three shops as well as an online shop, LA FROMAGERIE has the perfect gift for food lovers. Our gift boxes, available on-line & in-store feature seasonal cheese & wine pairings along with beer, biscuits, and accompaniments such as homemade chutneys, Salume, nuts, chocolates. To complement - We also offer a wide assortment of accoutrements for serving cheese – professional cheese knives made in Italy, to wooden cheese boards made in Wales and Scotland, along with new and antique tablewares. Not forgetting the ultimate Cheese companion, signed copies of Patricia Michelson’s books CHEESE and The Cheese Room - A selection of which are available in our online shop.

LA FROMAGERIE GIFT VOUCHERS - available in our shops or by MAIL ORDER in £10 & £25 denominations – Gift vouchers can also be redeemed against our tasting events & used in the shop or tasting café.
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gift boxes

 
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THE PIEDMONT BOX

CHEESE
Caprino Tartufo
Fior di Langa
Castelrosso

WINE
Langhe Arneis
Barbera d'Alba Ressia

ACCOMPANIMENTS
LA FROMAGERIE Biscuits
LA FROMAGERIE Bag
Piedmont Hazelnuts
Gift Box

£105

 

speciality christmas products

 
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Throughout the year the kitchen at LA FROMAGERIE has been busy making seasonal dishes, jams and chutney.  From late August onwards we start with Homemade Christmas Puddings, filled to the top with vine fruits & candied peel, along with good measures of brandy, rum & stout laced with festive spices. Our Mincemeat is marinating to be perfect for the Handmade Mince Pies with buttery shortcrust pastry. Cranberry Sauce, Spiced Fruit Chutneys & Preserves – all essential for your festive table.

Our shops are brimming with festive fare at Christmas; Stöllen from Germany, candied fruits from Romanengo in Liguria, an eighth-generation confectionary. From Pasticceria Gallina in Alessandria, a 4th Generation family patisserie, the famous Bacio Gallina (Gallina’s Kiss). From Dogliani, Carrara, Tuscany: handmade Classic Panettone & Pane di Vino made with sweet wine from the Lorieri vineyard. Baci Cherasco, Piedmont: Crema Gianduja - the most perfect ‘Chocolate & Piedmont Hazelnut Spread’ - Sheer decadence. Roasted Hazelnut ‘Baci’ in dark bitter chocolate, Gianduiotti – smooth Milk Chocolate Pralines. The Marangoni Family in Marche send us handmade Chocolates wrapped by hand in jewel coloured papers. Slitti Chocolates from Monsummano, Tuscany: Dark chocolate covered Coffee Beans; the best milk chocolate buttons & Tortines of Dark & Milk Chocolate studded with Hazelnuts, Almonds & Raisins. Biscotti Caluso, Torino in Piedmont: Passito Soaked Raisin Biscuits – a perfect pairing with a glass of dessert wine. It’s Heaven…

 

festive events

 
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The festive season at LA FROMAGERIE LONDON begins mid-November when the Beaujolais Nouveau arrives, closely followed by Thanksgiving & of course Christmas. All three of our venues: HIGHBURY, MARYLEBONE & BLOOMSBURY offer private hire. We cater for both Corporate & Private clients, whether an intimate cheese & wine tasting party for 12 friends at La Fromagerie HIGHBURY, a Fondue Savoyarde for 20 at La Fromagerie BLOOMSBURY or a standing tasting of cheese & wine for up to 80 guests at La Fromagerie MARYLEBONE, we create unique & memorable tasting experiences, with menus guided by the season & the produce we source.

 

new year & 2019

 
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The feasting continues and LA FROMAGERIE has everything for your New Year’s Eve Celebrations, our shops are well stocked with Sustainable Caviar, London Smoked Salmon & of course Cheese. Our extensive wine list & Champagnes can match any menu and we can deliver anywhere in the UK. The La Fromagerie Gift Boxes are the perfect thank you for that wonderful Christmas & New Year spent with friends & Family.

The cold grey month of January leads us to find comfort in warming foods. Our Café Menus feature stews and hearty broths with Winter Greens, Lentils & Barley, Fondue Savoyarde & Melted Raclette take centre stage alongside soft Parmesan Polenta with Wild mushrooms and January King Cabbage sautéed with Pancetta – all celebrated in our  monthly Supper Clubs at Marylebone starting up again after Christmas on 7 January 2019;  alongside the Seville Orange,  as pans of this breakfast essential bubble away on the stove.

Every year the months inspire us - through season, produce & festivals. And so another year begins… first with an Ode to a Haggis, Burns Night on the 25 January as we march in a Haggis to the sounds of the bagpipes; followed by celebrations of food through Valentines, Easter, Spring, Mother’s Day, Asparagus, Strawberries, Summer Solstice, The Glorious Twelfth, Orchard Fruits, Wild Mushrooms, Pumpkins, Guy Fawkes, Beaujolais Nouveau, Thanksgiving
& then it’s almost time for Christmas…

 

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