Not too long ago I was delighted to be invited to Food & Friends held at the Brisbane Hotel, where I got to spend a lovely evening with friends and bloggers. There was a selection of delicious cheese and snacks provided by Simon Johnson along with an exquisite selection of wines specially picked by the Brisbane Hotel’s wine curator Paul Maley. The cheese varieties that were showcased were:
Saint Agur - Blue Cheese from Velay, France, which was teamed with the prune and walnut log. The taste was bold with character but not as intense as the usual style, worth a try if you love your blues.
Fromager d’Affinois - from Rhone-Alpes, France. It is like a very creamy and decadent triple cream brie. This was my favourite and I could have easily demolished the lot if given the opportunity.
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar - from New England, Vermont, USA. This was hands-down the best cheddar that I have ever had. Ever. This was thoroughly enjoyable with a smooth spread of the Simon Johnson quince paste to balance the sharpness.
What better way to cleanse the palate than with a generous glass of wine? The timeless marriage of fruit and dairy...made for the Gods. I tasted the selection of whites, followed by a couple of reds that were recommended. The standout from the menu was the Chrismont ‘La Zona’ Arneis from King Valley, VIC, it was sweet in fragrance while having a fruity flavour injected with notes of peach, apples and honey. Married perfectly with the cheddar and fresh lavosh bread.
After this fun session of casual drinks and cheese sampling I have been convinced to pay a visit to the Simon Johnson store in Subiaco and go for a mini-shopping spree. The brand specialises in gourmet flavours and quality products, supplying to five star hotels, premium restaurants, caterers, airlines and other specialist food retailers. It is also currently the only place in Perth that has an in-store fromagerie with a large selection of cheese varieties from all over the world. Go on and shop like a rock star foodie!
Simon Johnson Purveyor of Quality Foods 169 Rokeby Road, Subiaco WA 6008 (08) 9489 3888