Program Offers Tips About The World’s Great Cheeses

CRANFORD—Join Maria Tisdall, chef, author and owner of Cranford’s Cheese…Please!, for a tour of the world’s great cheeses, and learn fun and creative ways to pair them with your favorite wines and beers for something completely different to serve at barbecues or summer get-togethers.

The program, which is sponsored by the Cranford Public Library, will take place on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome. Registration for the program is required; call the library at 1-908-709-7272 and ask for John Malar.


As a teenager, Tisdall was invited to compete in a Seventeen Magazine cooking contest three years in a row, visited the Culinary Institute of America, and decided to be a professional chef. She worked at the Pegasus Restaurant in the Meadowlands under Chef Helmut Sweden until 1986, at which time she entered the Culinary Institute of America. Upon completing her studies, she was hired by Chef Sweden to be his sous chef in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Tisdall eventually returned to New Jersey, where she worked in ten kitchens in two years, followed by a fourteen-year stint cooking and running the food service for the Benedictine Sisters’ Walburga Monastery in Elizabeth. While at the Monastery, Tisdall wrote a cookbook, “The Convent Cook: Divine Meals for Families Large and Small” (Ten Speed Press, 2002). Following her time at the monastery, she took two years off and then went back into the kitchen as a Chef de Cuisine for Frungillo Catering Design, where she stayed for two years. Next, she ran the gourmet department for ShopRite Wine & Spirits, where she became acquainted with artisanal cheeses. Cheese…Please! was featured in a New York Times article on Jan. 14.


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