A select group of star-powered Primetime Emmy® nominees will be winners this year, no matter what. Each will enjoy the opportunity of an at-home artisanal Wisconsin Cheese "experience" personally conducted by Barrie Lynn - The Cheese Impresario®, who has been selected to join the prestigious line-up of companies whose products will be offered in the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy® Performer Nominee gift bags at the exclusive Pre-Emmy Reception scheduled for Saturday, August 25.
The gift bags, which contain certificates for the cheese tastings and other gifts will be presented to the Performer Nominees who attend a special pre-program event catered by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Barrie Lynn -The Cheese Impresario has chosen a highly awarded selection exclusive to cheeses from Wisconsin.
They include much honored varieties, such as
--Pleasant Ridge Reserve, two-time American Cheese Society (ACS) Best of Show winner, Beaufort in style, crafted by cheesemaker Mike Gingrich of Monroe, Wis.
--Gran Canaria, also an ACS Best of Show winner, a sophisticated mix of goat, sheep and cow milk, crafted by Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Sid Cook of LaValle
--Hook's 10-Year Aged Cheddar, first-place winner in the Mature Cheddar Category in the recent ACS competition, an appealingly mellow, complex cheese, crafted by cheesemakers Tony and Julie Hook, Mineral Point, Wis.
Fine varietal wines from Cartlidge & Browne and rare honeys, fruit spreads and exotic mustards will be paired with the cheeses.
"It's such an honor to be chosen for this opportunity to fete the nominees," Barrie Lynn said. "The home entertaining events bring all the best together—television stars, American artisan cheeses and carefully selected California wines. American cheeses are THE way to entertain. Everyone wants to know more about them—who makes them, how to serve them, how to put a cheese course together and what wines complement them."
Enjoying the trend to hand-made and carefully crafted foods, Barrie Lynn is making "mouths happy" with her Los Angeles-based company. She employs a "hand-to-mouth" approach to cheese education with provocative and informative ways to have a good time while discovering the nuances of fine American artisanal cheeses.
"There's an element of discovery when diners realize the diversity of Wisconsin cheesemakers," Barrie Lynn said. "Everyone knows Wisconsin makes Cheddar, but they are pleasantly surprised—and delighted—when they are introduced to cheeses crafted by Wisconsin's passionate cheesemakers." .
Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario writes the "Cheese Matters" monthly column in the Beverly Hills Times, and has been featured in USA TODAY , Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Candy, the popular food blog EatingLA and Ben Adair's "Pacific Drift" on KPCC 83.9 FM in Los Angeles. She produces and stages cheese events at unique venues around LA and makes appearances on behalf of "all things cheesy." More information is available on her web site www.thecheeseimpresario.com.
More information about Wisconsin cheeses, which win more awards than any other state or country, is posted on the web site of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB), www.wisdairy.com. The site includes complete information on Wisconsin Cheese varieties, cheesemakers, parings and recipes. Additionally, the site links to Wisconsin companies for easy on-line cheese ordering.
WMMB is a nonprofit organization of Wisconsin dairy producers that promotes the consumption of milk, cheese and other dairy products made in America's Dairyland.
Note to Editors: Among those stars who are invited to the pre-Emmy event and will receive certificates for the Wisconsin Cheese/Barrie Lynn - The Cheese Impresario® tastings are:
Larry David, Steve Carell, Kiefer Sutherland, Martin Sheen, Lisa Kudrow, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Debra Messing, Kyra Sedgwick, Geena Davis, Mariska Hargitay, Allison Janney, Jeremy Piven, Sean Hayes, William Shatner, Michael Imperioli, Alan Alda and Sandra Oh.