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December 2, 2009

Dear Friends and loyal Auray Customers:

Holiday Greetings from Auray Gourmet.  We hope you enjoy our December Newsletter.

It’s hard to believe that we’re celebrating our second Holiday season and the end of our first calendar year at the new location at 144 Larchmont Avenue.  We thank all of you for continued patronage, suggestions and referrals during 2009.  We extend our very best wishes to you and your loved ones for the holidays and an excellent 2010.

We know you’re busy, the newsletter is organized as follows:

December Hours; Wine &
Cheese tastings
(next Dec. 10); Entertaining
; Gift Ideas; Seasonal Treats; Special Order Items &
(don’t delay).

December Hours:

Open Monday,
Dec. 14, 21 and 28: 8am-6pm

Tuesday – Friday: 8am – 6pm

Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 9am – 4pm

CLOSED Christmas; closing early Christmas and New Year’s Eves at 4pm

Get in the Holiday Spirit(s) !

Our Wine & Cheese Tasting Series in partnership with Le Wine Shop of Larchmont continues Thursday, December 10 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm here at Auray.  Géraldine from Le Wine Shop will highlight Champagnes, sparkling and white wines.  Carolynn will pair the wines with cheeses from our outstanding selection.  There’s still room; call or write Carolynn: 914.833.2274;  At $50.00 per person you receive 6 wines and 6 cheese tastings, including accompaniments, fruit and the appropriate crackers and bread.  It’s a great couple’s night out and also makes a unique, thoughtful gift for your favorite epicurean.   2010 sessions Jan. 10 and Feb. 12. 2 sessions $90; 3 sessions $125.

New Items You’ll Love – Perfect for Holiday Entertaining – You’ll be a Hit

Challerhocker - silky, dense, like Gruyère or Appenzeller, but even more complex.  Means “sitting in the cellar”, which is exactly what cheesemaker Walter Rass does with this thermalized cow’s milk cheese for atleast 10 mos.  at his Alpine Käserei in Toggenburg, Switzerland.  We met Walter in New York in July and are proud that he selected Auray
Gourmet as one of the few U.S. fromagers to introduce this wonderfully unique cheese.  Only about 50 wheels per
month sent to the entire U.S.; 4 make it to Larchmont, try it soon.

Also from the Alps we have selected Sharfer Maxx - a unique cheese that emits the flavors of the mountains. Complex, creamy and has a kick. Similar to Vacherin Fribourgeois, but better.

Colston Bassett Stilton is back from Neals Yard – Colston Bassett is one of the smallest Stilton Dairies
in England. They buy milk from 5 farms surrounding the creamery and have been buying from the same farms since the 1920s.  Since 1920, there have only been 4 head cheesemakers at Colston Bassett: Tom Coy, Ernie Wagstaff, Richard Rowlett and now Billy Kevan.  Their Stilton is more traditional than any other. The curd is hand-ladled before draining.
This treats the curd more gently and preserves its structure, which results in a luscious, creamy texture when the cheeses are mature.  Come in and get a taste of heaven.

Also perfect for entertaining – we have great sausages and cured meats, here’s a partial list:

Saucission Sec from D’Artagnan  – the closest you will get to the real French version

Rosette de Lyon

Cervelat - a smoky German salami

Hungarian Salami – intensely flavored with paprika

Plockwurst - a small salami that imparts flavors from the past

Liverwurst – the real deal made with veal

Teewurst – a spreadable salami with an intense flavor

Speck alto Agio from the Italian Alps

Prosciutto di Parma – Galloni - it is like butter and we think the best Pancetta Surryano (Virginia) and Serrano pata negra (Spain) Hams

Auray’s Gift Ideas

Cheese Baskets – delivered locally and shipped nationwide (must order before Dec. 17).

Gift Certificates – a perfect stocking stuffer.  Give the gift of Auray, valid for 6 months from purchase date

Wine & Cheese Tasting Series – see above; either a single session or the rest of the series makes a unique and
thoughtful gift.  Why not offer the Dec. 10 class to someone special?

Cheese Tools – your favorite fromageophile will surely appreciate a gift from our selection of specialty cheese knives,
graters, spreaders and shavers (girolles).

Seasonal Treats, in stock already

Spekulatius Biscuits – the real Dutch
and German treat, Original and with Almonds

Contessa iced gingerbread (pain
d’épices) cookies with dark chocolate

Niedregger Marzipan – the classic, from
Lübeck, Germany; unique stocking stuffer

Minerve Chestnut Paste (crème de
: use your imagination

LU Crème Roulée – dark chocolate and
chocolate hazelnut waffle rolls / gauffrettes / waffeletten

Truffles (Noel – France)

Madeleines – pur beurre, longs, marbled

Sarments du Médoc Dark Chocolate / Raspberry Twigs (brins de chocolat framboise)

Rougié Bloc de Foie Gras (duck): direct from the Périgord (Sarlat)

D’Artagnan Medaillon Duck Foie Gras w/ 2% truffles

Fondue and Raclette Cheeses, Viande de Grisons

Smoked salmon from Ireland.  Organic and melts in your mouth.  Perfect for holiday entertaining.  Also, how about a dollop of caviar?  We have nice paddlefish that won’t break the bank.

Special Order Items & Catering:

It’s not all too early to call us about special order items and catering needs.

Turkey, Ham, foie gras, caviar, goose, magret de canard and more. Just ask.

See you soon,

Your Auray Team – Ben and Carolynn

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