In observance of world-wide Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day ( http://www.cheeseofchoice.org/#!appre... ), let me post about Sidekick's weekend raclette. On Saturdays and Sundays only, the to-go cafe next to Cowgirl Creamery's shop fires up the raclette heater and fills the halls of the ferry building with the scent of hot stinky cheese.
When I succumbed last month, the cheese of the day was raw milk Reading from Vermont. Sometimes it will be French raclette and other times, Cowgirl's Wagon Wheel.
Pay attention for when a new half-wheel of cheese is mounted onto the heater.
Scraping the melted cheese from the cut diameter, this first serving from a fresh wheel is the largest and each successive order becomes a smaller and smaller portion.
The melted cheese oozes over grilled and buttered pieces of Acme's herb slab. When you're asked if you want black pepper, say "yes". Pickled onions and gherkins on the side are the perfect tangy counterpoint to the cheese-y richness.