Voted “Best New Shop” by Artvoice in 2012, “Best New Food Shop” by Buffalo Spree in 2013, and “Best Sandwiches” by Buffalo Spree in 2014, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile has certainly created an impressive reputation for themselves in Buffalo! Located at 423 Elmwood Avenue, Nickel City Cheese offers a variety of domestic and international cheeses available for you to buy at any size. On top of their wide range of delicious cheeses they also offer Joe Bean Coffee, tea, specialty crackers like the Beer Flats: Porter crackers, pastas, spices, candies, salamis, jams, and much more!
They offer the option to sell large quantities of their cheeses to local restaurants and businesses. Anytime I see “Nickel City Cheese Plate” on a menu in the city, like the Nickel City Cheese and Sake pairing at Sato on Elmwood, I’m sold because I know the quality of their cheeses can’t be beat.
Nickel City Cheese offers breakfast sandwiches, house made scones, muffins, and other light breakfast options from 8am-11:30am Monday through Saturday, to go with a freshly brewed tea or coffee from their shop in the morning. They also offer hearty sandwiches and paninis, like the Banh Mi made up of ham, pate, Asian veggies, Sriracha mayo & red onion toasted roll for only $8.99 for a whole or $4.50 for a half. There’s cured salmon, custom made cheese plates, salads, and macaroni and cheese. Check out their menu online or in the shop and try one of their award winning sandwiches.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try a cheese chocolate truffle. With combinations like brie, bacon, dried fig and semisweet chocolate or honey goat, bee pollen and semisweet chocolate, you won’t be disappointed with any of their 6 cheese truffle flavors!
Nickel City Cheese provides classes for their fellow cheese lovers for only $15 per class. When I noticed the summer class scheduled posted, my friends and I signed up for ‘An Evening with Community Beer Works.’ We had the opportunity to pair 5 beers (Frank, The Whale, De Maas, Rutherford B. Haze, and The IPA) with 6 cheeses (Prince La Fontaine, Mahon Curado, Cave Aged Marissa, Ubriaco Alla Birra Rosa, Fontina Val D’Aosta, and Valdeon) and share our likes and dislikes with the group. Before taking this class I didn’t realize how dramatically beer can change the entire flavor of cheese.
In my opinion (really, in almost the entire classes opinion), all of the beers needed to break up with the Cave Aged Marissa; Sorry Marissa…you just weren’t a good fit for any of them…time to move on. I discovered that I’m not a fan of hoppy beers (too “flowery” for my liking), but I love the dark, smoother beers. The Whale, which was by far my favorite, is a brown ale that contains 2 types of chocolate malt and flavors of roasted coffee beans. The creaminess of the Prince La Fontaine, a triple cream French cheese, paired with the Whale made the cheese taste almost like whipped cream; it was phenomenal! My friends and I enjoyed laughing and trying all the beers and cheeses together so much, that we’re all already signed up for ‘Queso e Vino,’ the wine pairing class.
Other classes offered are…
Cheese 101: In this class you will learn about the history of cheese and taste different cheeses throughout the evening. You’ll have the opportunity to take the animal product and make your own solid cheese.
Queso e Vino: This class is a wine and cheese pairings. You will have the opportunity to try about 7 or 8 cheeses and 6 to 7 wines and share your opinions with the group.
Make Your Own Mozzarella: Find out how to make your own fresh mozzarella ball from scratch!
Most of the summer classes are filled as of right now, but don’t panic, they will post a brand new class schedule mid-August for the fall including new classes like Octoberfest and Joe Beans coffee, filled with unique flavors like white grape or toasted almond, paired with cheese! Nickel City Cheese will pair up with a new restaurant, The Black Sheep, opening this summer on 367 Connecticut Street, for a parmigiano-reggiano dinner. The Black Sheep will continue to impress their loyal followers from Bistro Europa, along with some new cliental anticipating the opening.
Around the end of October, Nickel City Cheese will have their cheese ball contest! Last year a group of my friends and I all paid to enter the cheese ball contest together. I entered a taco cheese ball and a friend of mine placed with her wasabi cheese ball. It was excellent, and really exciting to do with a group of friends. All of their classes are held on their back patio, so they’re perfect for those cool summer nights.
Do you need ideas for that friend or family member that has everything? Nickel City Cheese offers memberships for the Cheese of the Month Club for 1 month ($55), 3 months ($165), 6 months ($330), 9 months ($495) or 1 year ($660). More information is located on their website.
Don’t forget to start looking in August for the fall cheese classes and to sign up online or call (716) 882-3068. Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile is open Monday-Saturday from 8 am-6pm and Sunday from 11 am-4pm. Sign up early because space is limited and classes fill up quickly!
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