The Wandering Fork

is pleased as punch to present

A Glorious Grilled Cheese Luncheon

Hosted by local cheesemaker

Renate Nollen of Dutch Girl Cheese

Sunday, September 19, 2010; 12-3pm

193 County Highway 19; Leonardsville, New York

For further information, contact the Wandering Fork Coordinator, Celeste Friend, at


Three genuinely grilled (not just fried) cheese sandwiches will be on offer, all made with Renate’s own traditionally handmade artisinal cheeses:

  • Traditional cumin cheese on Heidelberg’s Sourdough Boule by Renate herself
  • Matthew Herzog, chef at the Horned Dorset Restaurant will twist the classic Croque Monsieur (ham and cheese on white bread)
  • Valerie Jackson, ex slow food leader of Berkely,CA, pastry chef, caterer, sustainability expert and foodie par excellence will surprise all with a Grilled Goat Cheese Surprise

Also served will be homemade pickles and chutneys and both tea and mint tea

All this for a modest $10! Children under 12 $5


The luncheon will be served on the grounds of Renate’s lovely home: please feel free to bring a lawn chair.  Renate’s cheeses will be available for purchase during the afternoon with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Wandering Fork fundraising efforts.       

Renate’s home is a pleasant drive down Rte. 8. Here are directions to her home: from Utica drive south on Route 8 for about 18 miles, until you see the sign "Leonardsville". Once in Leonardsville watch until you see the Horned Dorset restaurant on the left hand side, drive past it, and park in the vacant lot with the Slow Food red snail sign. Alternatively you can also park on either side of Route 8 and in the parking lot of the "Gone Fitch Inn", our local bar. After parking, walk back past the Horned Dorset and take a right onto Center Street, a very short street. At the end of Center Street there's a stop sign at which point the road name changes into Route 19. Go straight at this stop sign, and keep walking on Route 19, and Renate’s is the 6th house on your left hand side, a yellow house with a big yellow barn. (Of course, you can drop passengers off at the house, and go back to park.) Handicapped parking is available at Renate’s home.


Tickets for this event can be purchased at the following locations up until September 13th:

The Jones Family Farm at the Clinton Farmers’ Market on Thursdays

Tom’s Natural Foods in Clinton

Café Domenico in South Utica, at 2011 Genesee Street

Food Shed pick up on Fridays 3:30 – 5:30pm at RCIL -- 1607 Genesee Street in Utica

From Renate at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market on sunny Saturdays 8am -12pm

From Frank Sciacca at Hamilton College: email:



* The Wandering Fork is a series of food events sponsored by Mohawk Valley Slow Food to raise funds to promote our various programs, including subsidizing CSA boxes for families in need.