The Cheese Traveler, the Albany specialty cheese shop that seems to endlessly come up with twists on its craft, will present an "Alpine Night" on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
The event will spotlight raclette, a smooth and melted Alpine cheese whose namesake comes from the French verb racler, meaning to scrape. It is melted under a heat lamp and scraped onto savory foods, such as mixed vegetables, meats, and other accompaniments.
The Cheese Traveler's take on a raclette menu will incude such items as "Swiss Nachos" (melted raclette over pickle-brined potato chips, local ham, and cornichons) and a build-your-own raclette plate with charcuterie choices ranging from whey-fed Prosciutto di Parma and Pâté to Sopressata. A selection of wines by the glass and craft beers will round out the night.
The Cheese Traveler is located at 540 Delaware Avenue. Phone: 703-0092.
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