Monday, April 27, 2009

A Brief Reprieve for Roquefort

Roquefort on Toast

Roquefort lovers rejoice. The dreaded European gourmet food tariff that was scheduled to go in effect last Thursday has been pushed off for at least a couple more weeks until May 9th...

In the meantime, with the specter of 300 percent tariff on Roquefort looming there's been a surge in sales. If you want to stock your own pantry here are some of the Roqueforts I've spotted around town in the past couple of weeks...

East Village Cheese had 3.5 oz packages of Cantorel Roquefort for the bargain basement price of $1.29, or approximately $5.90 per pound.

Roquefort from East Village Cheese

Trader Joe's in Brooklyn was well stocked with Societe Roquefort this weekend at $13.99 per pound.

Trader Joe's Roquefort

And the always reliable Murray's Cheese has a Roquefort Papillon in stock that sells for $28.99 per pound. Last week I chatted with one of the cheese mongers at Murray's about the ban and he told me that even pre-outlandish tariff scare he's been suggesting Persille (per-see-yay) de Malzieu ($24.99), it's made with Lacaune sheep's milk, same as Roquefort. In terms of taste the Persille is creamy with an intense spicy finish. It's definitely a cheese I'll be enjoying again.

Persillé du Malzieu

All of this tariff business stems from the EU's ban on US hormone laden beef, and supposedly there has been progress in the beef export talks so perhaps in the end the tariff will be pushed off again or avoided all together. At least we can hope.

East Village Cheese
40 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Trader Joe's
142 East 14th Street
New York, NY 10003
130 Court St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker Street (downtown end of Cornelia Street)
(888) MY-CHEEZ or (212) 243-3289
Grand Central Market
44th Street and Lexington Avenue

1 comment:

Yvo Sin said...

Shhhhh, that's my secret cheap cheese shop! As if the lines aren't crazy enough already!