Taste the Wine World at Wally’s Beverly Hills

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At our wine-by-the-glass program at Wally’s Beverly Hills we offer over 120 sensational selections. It offers our guests a fantastic opportunity to taste wines of the world and unfamiliar varietals without having to order an entire bottle. It is also a great way to try a few different glasses and combinations to pair with each course or dish from our marvelous menu – enjoy sampling a large variety without the commitment. We change four to seven wines out every Thursday, so there is always a thrilling new glass to try. Should you want a little guidance or a tip on the new gems, there is always a sommelier on-hand to assist in finding the perfect wine.

Krug Grande Cuvée Brut, Reims 164th Edition
$39
Notes of toasted bread, hazelnut, nougat, barley sugar and jellied fruits may take you by surprise. You may even taste hints of apples still on the tree, flowers in bloom, ripe and dried fruit, almonds, marzipan, gingerbread, sweet spices and even brioche and honey.

2016 Domaine Cala Coteaux Varois Prestige, Provence
$19
Initial aromas of grapefruit and citrus give way to those of cherry and strawberryBalanced mouth feel bolstered by aromatic red fruits and a silky texture, finishing with a palpable yet light draw.

2015 Barda Pinot Noir, Patagonia
$16
Smooth with dusty berry, plum, caramel and spice aromas and flavors, this Pinot Noir culminates in a composed and satisfying finish.

2011 Terra Gratia Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
$19
Notes of fresh, ripe black fruit, subtle black licorice, and vanilla oak. On the palate, the wine opens up with a soft attack, layered with vibrant, fruit driven acidity and red plum. The soft mid-palate gives way to a finessed, lengthy finish sustained by youthful tannins that ensure ageability.

The Purple & Blue Salad

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I have concocted this colorful salad because I believe every chef should have a signature salad.
However, calling it the Chef’s Salad seemed too simple, too generic, so the Purple and Blue Salad was born. I worked closely with our expert cheesemonger team to source the perfect blue cheese to complement this special salad of purples, blues, and pinks.

This recipe is composed of three different bowls: the leaves, the vegetables, and the toppings.

Serves: 4-6 guests

Bowl #1: The Leaves
1 Chopped escarole heart
1 Chopped trevisio
1 Shaved red cabbage with 1/4 of a head
Dress with balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and olive oil

Bowl #2: The Vegetables
2 Cups of roasted red beets
1 Cup of diced cucumbers
1 Cup of seedless grapes cut in half
1 Cup of blueberries
Dress with balsamic vinegar and Olive oil

Bowl #3: The Toppings
¼ Cup of toasted pistachios
2 Springs of tarragon (small leaves)
1 Piece of thinly-shaved candied beets
Black mission figs (upon season availability)

Additional toppings:
1 Cup of crumbled blue di bufala
Edible flowers: daikon radish flower pink or violet

Instructions:
Mix all three bowls. Transfer contents of bowl #1 to a medium-sized serving bowl (12” diameter will do). Add bowl #2, evenly layering it on top. Then, add bowl #3, and top with the cheese and flowers so all the wonderful colors are well defined. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil (we use Massiglia at Wally’s) and fleur del sel. Serve and enjoy!

This salad pairs very nicely with a bottle of Domaine De Cala Prestige Rosé.

By Chef David Féau

National Grilled Cheese Month Continues!

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National Grilled Cheese Month Continues! We’re halfway through National Grilled Cheese Month and things are really heating up at Wally’s Cheese Box! For week 3 we are offering a sandwich designed by cheesemonger Simone titled, “Alpine Heat”. This grilled cheese features Kohlschlag (a Swiss high alpine cheese), Harold’s Savory Unyins (Onions), Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar on sliced Brioche.

4 14 Simone SandwichSimone’s April Grilled Cheese Sandwich “Alpine Heat” – $8.99 – Order Here

If you’re craving a creamy grilled cheese with a kick, Alpine Heat is sure to deliver! Here is what Simone has to say about her creation: “Spicy onions complement this bolder Swiss cheese… c’mon y’all, you have to try this. BOOM!”

 

 

4 14 Harold'sHarold’s Savory Texicun Gormay Unyins – Sale Price $6.79 – Buy Here

Great on top of hot dogs, hamburgers and sandwiches, these onions have a nice vinegar flavor and a not-so-subtle habanero heat. Use as a spicy kick in home-made relish, put them in deviled eggs, omelets or just eat them all alone!

4 14 winegut2012 Weingut Niklas Kerner Alto Adige – $21.99 – Buy Here

This wine comes from the Alto Adige, in the far north of Italy. The grapes are grown at high elevation on the granite hillsides of the Dolomite Mountains. Importer’s Notes: “Dieter Sölva is a young winemaker from the tiny village of St. Nikolaus, high up on the west side of a majestic valley that leads north through the Dolomites. The altitude of these vineyards gives the wines an excellent backbone of acidity. His Kerner is vinified in stainless-steel with no malolactic fermentation and no oak, allowing the wine to show the true flavors of the earth.

 

Grilled Cheese Month Continues With Bradley’s “The Jam”

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The grilled cheese mania continues! For the second week of National Grilled Cheese Month we will be making a Fiore Sardo Pecorino, Pastures Cheddar and guava jam grilled cheese on Brioche. If you love grilled cheese, come on in and just ask for the ‘The Jam’!

4 07 sandwich the jamBradley’s April Grilled Cheese Sandwich “The Jam” $8.99 – Order Here

We asked Bradley to describe his sandwich: “Often when I pair cheese with accoutrements; I hunt down a combination of salty and sweet. The contrast allows for me to find unique and interesting flavors that would be lost otherwise. I fell in love with the Guayeco Guava Jam the first time I tasted it, so I knew I had to use it on my grilled cheese. Fiore Sardo is a cheese that has a permanent place in my refrigerator at home, and Pastures is a cheese that I have been excited about since we received our first wheels in the shop. I am pleased to combine these flavors together to create a slightly sheepy, salty and sweet gourmet grilled cheese for you all to enjoy.”

4 07 sardoFiore Sardo – With a paste more golden than is usually found in sheep milk cheeses, Fiore Sardo has a hard natural rind that is banded by black wax. This semi-hard cheese is sharp and savory and the slightest shaving of it brings simple, olive oil-dressed pasta alive. This is one of those cheeses that is just as good to slice and eat as it is to use in your favorite dishes.  Also, this cheese is very versatile for pairing and will match well with many white and red wine varietals.
Sale Price: $15.20 / lb – Buy Here 

 

4 07 pasturesPastures by Saxon Homestead Creamery – Pastures is a 4 month aged cow’s milk cheddar made in Wisconsin by Saxon Homestead Creamery. Pastures has a creamy, semi-firm texture with mellow crisp flavors of grass and hints of sweetness on the finish.
Sale Price: $20.00 / lb – Buy Here 

 

 

 

4 07 guavaGuayeco Guava Jam – Guayeco 100% Natural Guava Jam is made in small batches with fresh guava fruit and no fillers, corn syrup, or preservatives. This deliciously thick and sweet jam is the most flavorful guava spread you’ll ever try. Guayeco is a family-owned company with over 50 years of experience. Cheesemonger tip: Try this jam with Koko’s Coconut Gouda for the ultimate island taste.
Sale Price: $6.49 each – Buy Here

 

National Grilled Cheese Month is here! Another Amazing New Sandwich at Wally’s!

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National Grilled Cheese Month is here! After the success of last year’s grilled cheese creations, we are extremely excited to bring you a fresh batch of gourmet grilled cheeses designed by our very own cheesemongers every week of the month.

3 31 lorenzo'sWe are going to kick April off with a grilled cheese, El Salsero, by Lorenzo Broadnax, one of our cheesemongers in Wally’s Cheese Box. After a salsa tasting with Heidi’s Salsa, he had the inspiration to include salsa into our classic grilled cheese, which includes aged Gruyere and Emmental on brioche. The rest is history!

Here is what Lorenzo himself has to say about it: “When I add Heidi’s Happy Medium salsa to a grilled cheese, I am comforted with the memories of growing up in NYC eating pizza. The salsa adds a pleasant spice and twist to a classic grilled cheese. If you like grilled cheese with a mild spice and tomato soup then this is the perfect sandwich for you.”

Lorenzo’s April Grilled Cheese Sandwich, El Salsero – Order Here

3 31 caveCave Aged Emmental

Famous cooked cheese from Switzerland, fruity tasting and distinguished by the large holes in the paste. Cave aged for 14 months, it is sweeter and stronger than ordinary Emmental and this one won a coveted gold award in the 2003 World Cheese Awards.

Cave Aged Emmental – Sale Price $16/lb. Buy Here

 

3 31 kaltbachKaltbach Gruyere Cave Aged

This Swiss Alps classic using raw cow’s milk and traditional rennet. Each wheel weighs ninety pounds and has a pebbled brown rind. This Gruyere is aged in natural caves whose bacteria and air add complexity to the full flavored, smooth, rich, nutty, and slightly sweet flavor.

Kaltbach Gruyere Cave Aged – Sale Price $20.96/lb. Buy Here

 

After growing up in a Mexican family surrounded by food, Heidi of Heidi’s Salsas began re-creating some of the salsa recipes that she grew up enjoying. Soon her friends and coworkers were demanding more and more. In 2009 Heidi entered her salsa and won first place in the 30th Anniversary of Los Angeles Farmers Markets salsa contest. We are excited to be carrying her salsas here at the Cheese Box. Made without any corn based preservatives or vinegars, these salsas are the real deal. If you are a fan of authentic salsa, you have to try these salsas!

3 31 heidis mediumFor the Happy Medium Salsa, Heidi uses her original recipe of finely chopped tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice as the foundation. She then adds in more spice to give it a stronger heat. Great for those that want to flirt with heat but don’t necessarily want to be in pain.

Heidi’s Happy Medium Salsa – Sale Price $6.49 – Buy Here

 

 

3 31 heidis hotCan you say ouch? If you are the kind of heat lover that likes to forget what it’s like to taste, then this is your salsa. For Chupacabra’s Revenge, Heidi uses the same fresh ingredients chopped and prepared that you find in the Original, but then takes the heat to extreme heights.

Heidi’s Happy   Chupacabra’s Revenge Hot – Sale Price $6.49 – Buy Here

 

 

3 31 heidis mildThis Mild Salsa is for those that want to get that fresh taste of tomato and cilantro without the hot burning a spicier salsa will carry. The use of lime juice adds an extra element of freshness that will bring you back chip by chip.

Heidi’s Happy  Original Mild – Sale Price $6.49 – Buy Here