Posted March 07, 2009 in Cheese
The history of cheese making in Ireland dates back to some of the earliest in modern history - as far back as the 8th century. Their influence is so pervasive that examples of it can be seen across Europe. Most famously in Alsace where it is said that the cheese muenster is named after the Irish southern province - the area responsible for most of Ireland’s cheeses. During the 5th century, Irish monks spread across Europe establishing abbeys and taking with them many artisan traditions - among them cheese making. So even though “muenster” translates to “monastery” in German, the person who established the building and made the cheese was an Irish monk. This month, Eno at the Intercontinental Chicago is not only honoring St. Patrick’s day, but Ireland’s rich cheese making history. For all of March we will be offering an Irish cheese flight with items as diverse as a cheddar enriched with porter to Ardrahan - an updated reference to the ancient muenster.