Press: Chocabaret in Metro New York

Chocabaret coverage in the Metro New York daily paper.

Chocabaret: Where An Artisan Chocolate Tasting Meets A Cabaret Show
New York artisan chocolates matched to music — stop squinting your eyes, you read that correctly. Jackie Gordon, a singing chef and chocolate maker, will serenade you while you taste chocolates from New York’s best chocolate makers. A flavor wheel, palate cleanser and rating scale will help you use all of your five senses.

“For the Little Miss Muffet in All of Us”—West Side Spirit

In Egypt, way back when, a desert bedouin stored some milk in a leather satchel and set out on a journey in the scorching Saharan sun. When he went to refresh himself several hours later, all he found were chunky curds and whey.

Thirst-quenching? No. But the mistake was delicious, and experts think that this is how humans first stumbled upon the creation of cheese, that rich, fatty delight that has tantalized mankind ever since and helped pizza reach new heights of delectability.

These days, cheese is a lot easier to come by, and you probably don’t think twice about chucking that cellophane package of pre-wrapped slices into your shopping basket. But the self-proclaimed “singing chef” Jackie Gordon thinks you should.

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“Swiss Miss”—Brooklyn Papers

Brooklynite Jackie “Divalicious” Gordon strides up to the microphone on the small stage of the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Manhattan. After a rousing rendition of Tommy Wolf’s “Say Cheese,” Gordon rips off her white lab coat. Under the wrap is a Billy Holiday-style brown satin gown—adorned with yellow satin wedges of cheese.

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The Siegel Column: “Cheese It!”—

Food has been an ongoing subject in the theater this year, and the big kahuna in that department is Chef’s Theater at the ritzy Supper Club. As we wrote in an earlier column, that show is really about the cuisine; the entertainment is essentially an afterthought. Happily, we’ve just come upon a much better mix of taste and talent in Say Cheese!, a cabaret experience at the Laurie Beechman Theater.

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Food & Wine: “Now on stage: Cheese, hilarious cheese”—USA Today

If you’ve lost your appetite for dinner theater over the years, maybe it’s time to ease back into the genre of nibbles theater.

Jackie Gordon, who bills herself as “The Singing Chef,” has just opened a one-woman, interactive cabaret show called sayCheese! at the Laurie Beechman Theater in the basement of the West Bank Cafe in New York. During the 90-minute performance/lesson, Gordon conveys her passion for wine and cheese through humorous patter, slides, original songs and cabaret classics while the audience samples and rates pairings such as California Cabernet and artisanal cheddar.

Sample lyric from her show…

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Eat Outings: “Cheesy Show”—Time Out New York

Don’t tell Jackie Gordon that her new show stinks; she knows it does, and she’s damn proud.

The singing chef is bringing a new musical to the West Bank Cafe’s Laurie Beechman Theater starting Wed 28 and it’s dedicated to cheese. She’ll be singing about artisanal cheeses and explaining cheese history as viewers gorge on fromage from six countries. Expect to hear adaptations of songs like “Milk Cow Blues” and drink selections from Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines during the 90-minute show, Say Cheese.

Taste: “A world of food”—Baltimore Sun

This moment in food history rewards attention to the most nondescript joint in the strip mall, if only for the possibility of discovering some unsung maestro cooking a sublime Szechuan chili chicken or fried dried fish. Ask Tyler Cowen about this and other aspects of the contemporary human forage and he’ll offer a considered opinion: “It’s a great time to be living and eating.”

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“Brooklyn’s Own Singing Chef Serves Up Tasty Melodies”—Brooklyn Daily Eagle

COBBLE HILL—Brooklynite Jackie Gordon, as the phrase goes, is singing at two weddings. Er, I mean, cooking at two weddings. Actually, it’s both. As Brooklyn’s own singing chef, Gordon has designed her own form of performance, which she calls “eatertainment.”

Gordon is a trained cook, having worked as head chef at countless restaurants throughout her career on both sides of the globe—New York City and Melbourne, Australia. She is also a world-class singer/performer, and after years of being “Jackie of two trades,” she decided to merge her talents. “I create shows around food and music,” said Gordon.

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“Finger-clickin’…”—The Age (Melbourne, Australia)

The simple things in life are often the best, and Jackie Gordon’s fried chicken theory is exceedingly simple. This American born, half-Jamaican, open-hearted singer/chef says that if you eat soul food, the soul goes through you. Such a connection would be difficult to prove to the satisfaction of the AMA, but it feels right when you’re listening to some sweet blues and soul after a bowl of smoked sausage and seafood gumbo.

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