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National Grilled Cheese Month to commence at ArtsQuest

By , - Last modified: March 15, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Cheese.

It's among the top — if not No. 1 — on the list of words you might hear when cooking or ordering almost every meal.

When you think about it, there really isn’t any other ingredient that pairs so well with so many delicacies, snacks and even drinks.

It’s universal, and it comes in all shapes, sizes and scents, each packing robust flavors that keep our palates craving for more.

And while we’re always hearing or reading about bizarre self-made holidays such as “National Drink Wine Day” or “National Cat Day,” among several other oddities, it’s not often that something is worthy enough to be designated its own entire month. But have no fear, because one “food of the gods” has just that, and it is right around the corner.

April is “National Grilled Cheese Month” and ArtsQuest, in partnership with Weyerbacher Brewing Co. of Easton, has a signature event to help get the celebrations started.

On Sunday, April 3, at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, the public is invited to partake in a grilled cheese and beer tasting pairing event at one of two (or both if you’re that much of an enthusiast) events from 1-3 and 4-6 p.m. It is a ticketed event, and two tickets are needed to attend both sessions.

At the Weyerbacher & Grilled Cheese Pairing events, guests will enjoy five sandwiches, each paired with a six-ounce Weyerbacher beer designed to enhance and bring out all the flavors of the food. The event includes:

• Brioche bread, smoked mozzarella cheese and diced peaches sautéed in butter and oregano with a side of house chips – paired with Weyerbacher Tiny Imperial Stout.

• Challah bread, applewood smoked cheddar cheese, green tomato jam and peppered pork belly with a side of creamy pasta salad – paired with Last Chance IPA.

• Marbled rye bread, house-made corned beef and shredded emmental cheese with Merry Monks Ale Mustard and a side of Jimaca Apple Slaw – paired with Merry Monks Belgian-style Tripel.

• Housemade rosemary waffles, local organic honey, dry rubbed pulled southern-style flavored chicken and ghost pepper cheese with a side of housemade barbecue chips – paired with Double Simcoe IPA.

The fifth course will be announced the day of the event, which includes afternoon live music by the Scott Marshall Band.

Tickets are on sale: $45 for ArtsQuest members and $49 for the public.

More information and ticket purchases can be found at www.steelstacks.org or 610-332-3378.

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Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland

Christopher Holland is a researcher for Lehigh Valley Business and blogs on arts and entertainment in the region.

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