Ridgefield is a lucky town to be blessed with three working farms; The Hickories, Garden of Ideas and Apple Ridge. 

We love their commitment to the land and the community of Ridgefield.   


Dina Brewster of the Hickories became a farmer after her teaching career. For Dina, teaching started first in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer and then in the Bronx as a high school English teacher.  After teaching, she chose to return to her family’s farm here in Ridgefield and start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  It began as a one-acre vegetable garden and Dina has overseen the development of new products and new acreage as the farm business continues to grow.  Dina is committed to connecting people with the working land and it is very apparent in everything she touches and her loyal volunteer force.

In our on going efforts at 109 Cheese and Wine to celebrate and support our local farms and food charities we will host our second Sip’s & Savor, Thursday, April 24th from 7pm to 8:30pm.

The 109 Sip’s & Savor program is designed to elevate awareness of some of our great local farms and local non-profit food/land conservation organizations. A generous portion of the events proceeds go directly to its benefactor.  This event will help raise money to allow the purchase of at least one Hickories CSA share for the Ridgefield Food Bank.  The more we raise, the more shares we will be able to buy.  So come on down and savor some cheese and sip some wine with us in our classroom above the cheese shop. 



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April is National Grilled Cheese Month

by Todd on April 10, 2014

April is National Grilled Cheese Month


Ever since I can remember, a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup was my mom’s perfect answer to a bad day.  It most likely was made with something other than real cheese back then, but it was the though that counted.  Today, Neal’s Yard Cheddar, local Alpine style cheeses and maybe a little Raclette make up the base cheese mix of some awesome grilled cheese sandwiches.  Add some prosciutto, tomato and maybe a bunch of wild mushrooms, some soup for dipping, and you have an amazing meal.IMG_9491

Almost as American as apple pie, the grilled cheese sandwich may finally be getting its day or month.  Come celebrate this joyous holiday with us.  We make grilled cheese everyday, always adding something new and always making sure they are awesome.IMG_7397


Wonder what wine we should pair with this……..


Jim Morrison takes us on a journey through the vineyards of Washington and Oregon “Taste of Oregon / Deep Dive Into Washington”

March 29, 2014

In our recent class on Washington and Oregon wines, Jim Morrison and Monica Brown combined knowledge to bring the cheeses and wines of the Pacific Northwest together in our classroom.  This region is producing some of the most beautiful wines and cheeses that we have seen. Small vineyards and small farms bring us true artesian […]

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Two events this week to choose from!

March 13, 2014

A Taste of Oregon. A Deep Dive in Washington March 14th @109Classroom The Pacific Northwest is rich with history, great food, & amazing wine! Join us as we tease you with some unique Oregon juice & trek with you through Seattle, Kent, & Pasco. As always, we’ll begin the evening with light appetizers, an opening […]

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Dinner at The Academy with Chef Paul Desiano

March 2, 2014

We thought we would take you on a brief look back at our most recent Wine Dinner, “East meets West” with Chef Paul of Ridgefield Academy.  Wine dinners are not just for wine geeks.  They are a wonderful way to explore new foods and wines, and in this case, sakè and beer too.  There is no […]

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Chef Paul & 109 are having a dinner this Saturday!

February 26, 2014

East vs West Sake & Wine Dinner – March 1st Snacks for the Taste Buds Unique take on salty, sour, bitter, sweet, umami Sweet: Shrimp Sheet, lemon confit sorbet Sour: Yuzo Ceviche Bitter: Poached Diacon, Marrow Aioli, Watercress Puree Salty: Oyster & Caviar Umami:  Jellied Eggplant in bonito broth Sake Martini – paul to provide Maguro (Tuna) Oxtail […]

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Journey Through Burgundy – Class February 21st

February 15, 2014

Journey Through Burgundy, France – Burgundy Special guest speaker Paul Cullen of Martin Scott Imports helps guide us through the mystery of Burgundy.  We will taste and discuss 6 different wines looking at their style, grape variety and represented Terroir.  Monica will do her magic with exploring a perfect cheese for each wine with a […]

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Our Valentines Day Special Class

February 12, 2014

Join 109 along with Chef Paul,  Executive Chef of Ridgefield Academy or some of you might know him from his wonderful restaurant Cello, formerly in The Marketplace. Chef Paul and Monica will be demonstrating a simple menu paired with a wine tasting. Come enjoy a casual meal and learn a few Chef tricks. – When: […]

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The Upcoming Class Schedule

February 2, 2014

I can’t believe it is already February 2014.   We just completed or Spain class it was awesome!  Thank you Emily for a great presentation and passionate explanation of the wines!  The cheese and wine pairings were some of the best we have had to date.  Coming up next is our journey to Burgundy on […]

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It’s Time to Celebrate at Bernard’s!

January 16, 2014

It’s that time of year! Happy Birthday Sarah & Monica! Sarah & Monica’s EXCELLENT Birthday #Wine #Tasting #Dinner Friday, January 24th @ 7 PM Everyone celebrates at this wonderful wine tasting dinner! Passed Canapés Foie Gras Gougères / Himachi Crudo / Giant Bean wrapped in pancetta with mozzarella / Bernard’s house made charcuterie Muscat de Beaumes de […]

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