moxie

Last night, all I wanted after a long week of work was a glass of wine and some good cheese. We ended up sitting at the bar at Moxie since they offer both and are pretty close to home.

I love good cheese and Moxie boasts a pretty impressive selection. While my husband opted for the massive burger, I went for a taste of five cheeses, all chef’s choice, served with small bites of toasted bread.

My selection, from mild to intense, included Dante, Sevenwood, Roth’s Reserve, White Buck and Berkshire Blue.

My favorite was the White Buck. This soft, creamy cheese was slightly stinky, smooth and had a great taste overall. My second favorite was Sevenwood. A bit too mild, but a nice balance with the White Buck. My least was the Berkshire Blue. I do like blue cheese, but this version was too intense overall and would probably be better in a dish then by itself.

A few minutes into dinner, Chef Jonathan Bennett stopped over to apologize for Jamie’s burger being served sans bacon and grilled onions. This surprised me because Jamie didn’t mention his burger was missing anything (he later said he noticed but didn’t really mind). After Jonathon apologized and offered to by us dessert for the mistake, I took the opportunity to introduce myself (most of my chef interviews aren’t in person). He then shared that Roth and White Buck cheeses did really well at the recent American Cheese Society. After Jonathon left, we both commented on how nice it was for him to personally come over and fix the minor situation, a situation that didn’t even bother Jamie. He clearly gets good customer service.

4 Comments

  1. maybellesmom
    Posted February 24, 2008 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    good to know that there is such a good cheese plate near by

  2. Anonymous
    Posted February 26, 2008 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Have you ever tried a cheese named Pico? I first tried it at The Baricelli Inn, and it is sold there…but now Heinens sells it. It is best to buy it at a Heinens in an area that has good turnover for fine cheese, such as the Pepper Pike location. It is one of my top 3 favorite cheeses!

  3. michelle v
    Posted February 26, 2008 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    No, I haven’t tried Pico – but I will now! I usually get most of my cheese from that same Heinen’s. It’s not a substitute for the cheese store at Baricelli, but still a pretty good selection and much closer. There is also a cheese shop in Chagrin Falls that I have been meaning to check out. I think it’s called Chuck’s but I’m not 100% sure.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted March 12, 2008 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Hi, guys I am actually the cheesemonger at Moxie/Red, thanks for your kind words about our cheese selection. Stop in and ask to speak w/ me anytime….talking cheese is my favorite thing to do!! So thanks again.
    Chad Witham

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