An Evening of Chocolates, Spirits, & Cheese at Fairway Market Café and Steakhouse

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Most New Yorkers have a Fairway Market story.

Ours is venturing into the Fairway Market on Broadway in the Upper West side on any and every occasion we were hosting a holiday or celebratory meal of some kind, in search of unique, hard to find products and then cabbing back home with our groceries to our apartment uptown – that is, until we had a car. After which point, we just drove to the Harlem store (which also has free parking) and stocked up.

We knew exactly when to go, and when to stay away. We knew how to avoid getting hit with carts or pushed over by the shoppers, and we knew to always take advantage of whatever tastings they were hosting, which almost always includes a tasting of olive oils and breads.

With that history, it is no surprise that my husband and I would jump at the chance to attend a tasting of wine, cheese, and chocolates being hosted at the Fairway Market Café and Steakhouse.

An evening hosted by award-winning Sommelier Josh Wesson; Cheesemonger and Specialty Food Buyer for Fairway Market, Steven Jenkins; and Alexandra Leaf, an expert guide to the world’s finest chocolates.

This public event not only served to delight members of the community, but also served a good cause as all proceeds  from the event will go to the Anita Kaufmann Foundation, a public charity whose sole mission is to educate the public not to fear people with epilepsy, seizures or brain trauma.

The evening consisted of an informational lecture presented by the three experts as they guided us through a  tasting that married the flavors of various spirits, cheeses, and chocolates from Chocolat Moderne. The experience was one we thoroughly enjoyed and recommend you keep an eye out for in the future.

Fairway Market often hosts similar events and you can keep track of them by checking their website at Also, check out their newest location on East 30th St. in Manhattan, as well as their NJ locations in Paramus and Woodland Park.

Be sure to look out for Fairway Market products at various food events hosted throughout the city, such as the upcoming New York International Olive Oil Competition at the International Culinary Center, on April 16 -18 , 2013.

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Carol Cain

Carol is her happiest when on an adventure, either close to home or farther away. She's the mom to three fun boys and wife to a handsome Irish/Scot. She lives in New Jersey with her happy crew, but will always be a girl from Brooklyn. You can read her full profile here.

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One Response to An Evening of Chocolates, Spirits, & Cheese at Fairway Market Café and Steakhouse

  1. Quiana says:

    Having just reached my one year anniversary since leaving Harlem you are making me miss my old neighborhood badly. Glad you had a good time! Fairway is the best!

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