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Tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, both locations of Pastoral (53 E. Lake and 2945 N. Broadway) are hosting free tastings of cheeses from venerable British cheese retailer Neal's Yard, purveyor of well-known cheeses like Keen's cheddar, Cashel blue, and Colston Bassett Stilton. On offer will be a three-year-old version of its Montgomery cheddar, one of the better classic English farmhouse cheeses available in the U.S., and Ogleshield, a Raclette-style washed rind cheese. Representatives from Neal's Yard, which the Guardian chose in 2004 as one of the three best small retailers in the UK, will be on hand to discuss the cheeses. (According to the Guardian, life imitated art just after the shop originally opened in 1979, when John Cleese of Monty Python stopped in to buy cheese; the founders hadn't yet mastered the art of making it and could only offer him yogurt).
Photo: Montgomery farmhouse cheddar