Last Friday I ate at Jean Luc on the Upper West Side (see link below for the long version) and was served a cheese plate which was represented as being from Artisanal, which it clearly was not. The manager even provided me with a cheese list on Artisanal stationary as a guaranty of their authenticity.
I later called Artisnal (the restaurant) and they confirmed that they do not sell a majority of the cheeses which appeared on Jean Luc's cheese plate. In addition, I posted on this site to alert fellow chowhounds of this fraud.
After reading some responses- and e-mails I took Caz's advice (thanks Caz!) and called up the Artisanal Cheese Center (ACC)to report the incident. What happens next makes things even worse-- ARTISANAL HAS NOT SOLD TO JEAN LUC SINCE THIS PAST SUMMER. I thought Jean Luc had merely run out/ failed to order that week seeing as it was restaurant week, but it seems this fraud has been going on for quite some time. The representative I spoke at the ACC with was furious and said that Terrance Brennan himself would be taking up this matter with Jean Luc immediately. The representative told me that Mr. Brennan insists on handling these matters personally (which I greatly admire).
So thank you for your posts and for alerting me of the right people to contact, Artisanal obviously takes great pride in the quality of their product and stands by their name, which is commendable.
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