Thirty feet below street level, Benton Brown and Susan Boyle of Crown Finish Caves age their deliciously moldy wares in the lagering tunnels of a former brewery beneath the Monti Building in Crown Heights, where 26,000 pounds of cheese ripens to perfection in one of the facility’s 15-foot-high brick tunnels. This weekend Crown Finish is opening up one of the unused former brewery tunnels, seldom seen by the public, to host a cheese-and-wine tasting event to benefit the expansion efforts of Maple Street School, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ cooperative preschool (h/t DNAInfo).
Benton Brown of Crown Finish Caves. Images courtesy of Crown Finish Caves.
The $70-a-ticket event, to be held Saturday, will offer a chance to sample an array of cheeses from New York, Vermont and Georgia along with wine and catered food; there will also be an auction from local artists and live music in addition to a rare peek at the subterranean space, identical to the one used to age cheese–but “maybe a little more romantic” according to Boyle.
Crown Finish Caves opened in 2014, the culmination of several years’ renovation effort in the tunnels to create “Brooklyn’s premier cheese-aging facility,” complete with state-of-the-art humidity control and cooling systems. The couple created the 70-foot space with advice from the world’s top cheese experts.
The fundraiser will happen from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at 925 Bergen Street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Tickets can be found here.
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