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Cheese Ball II: A Cave Raising - Recap

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Last Saturday I went to cover a Cheese Ball!  Which makes you think of those nutty balls of cheddar cheese from Hickory Farms we eat at Christmastime.  This however, was a party where everyone brings cheese to sample or a spread for cheese or something to spread the cheese upon.

It was held in the Northern Liberties area at the Ruba Club (416 Green St., Phila, PA 19123). The brainchild of Cheese Coutesan and expert Tenaya Darlington, better known as Madame Fromage!

Cheese Ball Hostess Madame Fromage 
Tenaya threw the first Cheese Ball in 2012, then last year got busy writing her cheese book for Di Bruno Bros House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings.

This year Madame Fromage decided throwing another Cheese Ball would be a great way to host a fundraiser for fellow cheese connoisseur, Sue Miller, a Dairy Farmer who together with her family runs Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs PA.  They are trying to build a cheese cave - like a wine cellar, but for cheese, allowing for an environment to age and store Artisinal cheeses.

Below is a little video on Birchrun Hills Farm's specialty cheeses.

This fundraiser was the kick off to the Cave Raising Kickstarter Campaign - It takes a village to raise a Cheese Cave!

Dairy Farmer Sue Miller

My best friend and I love when we get to mix socializing with our work. I get to blog, she gets to draw.

Illustrator and Draw-tographer Diane Roka - look for her on Instagram @dianeroka

The party was definitely a success, it was so crowded when we first arrived, I nearly turned back around and decided to bag it.  For some reason, I was anticipating a quiet, little cocktail party atmosphere, not a raucous Saturday night. But after fighting my way to the cheese table, and getting a glass of wine, I soon settled in.

For dessert, ice cream by local creamery Weckerly's, which I really wanted to try, however, not to be indelicate, but I knew that both cheese and ice cream would be a bit too much dairy for my system in one night.

Weckerly's Ice Cream (4239 Baltimore Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104)

At 10pm the Auction took off with items like:
  • Eulogy Belgian Tavern gift certificate
  • Weaver's Way Co-op Cheesy Gift Basket
  • Freelance Photographer Albert Yee Original Black & White Photograph
  • Cheesemaking Lesson at Cherry Grove Farm
  • Tasting Dinner for 4 from Chef Feury at Nectar
just to name a few...

Took some pics of Cheese Ball attendees like these fun folk...

The rest of the photos are on Tinsel & Tine's Facebook page
it was too loud to get names, but feel free to tag yourself

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?
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