The Strong Buzz

There won't be any nice aged buttery American cheddar or silky goat cheese here. Instead, the Tour de France restaurant group is bringing in the pungent aged Gorgonzolas, bleu cheeses and more for its fourth annual Winter Stinky Cheese Festival from February 16 to 27.

The chefs at Nice Matin, Marseille, Cafe D'Alsace, French Roast, Le Monde, L'Express Maison and Pigalle have put together menus the way only the French can with pungent cheeses. From appetizer to dessert, the dishes include specials such as chicken cordon bleu and roasted figs crumble with aged port, creme fraiche, cookie crumbs and gratinee with Livarot. More than 20 cheeses will be featured during the festival. Go to http://www.tourdefrancenyc.com/ for full menus. Just hold your nose high like the French!

- Bao Ong

Andrea Strong