Cover Stories

From Wine to Rind

Gayle Martin curates the best of local and gourmet at Plum Plums Cheese. Photos by Jane Beiles Photography It all started thanks to wine. Gayle Martin and Michael Riahi met while working in the wine business in New York City — she in marketing and he in sales, and the

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Feature Stories

The British Cheese Renaissance

Walk into Willow on the Green, a quaint shop located in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco across from the Golden Gate Park, and you’ll find 40 or more types of cheese made in the United Kingdom. There are Scottish favorites like Anster, a firm, crumbly, slightly tangy farmhouse

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Discover Manouri, a Versatile Greek Classic

At the foot of the Acropolis in Athens lies the Acropolis Museum, a repository of treasures recovered from the hilltop site of ancient temples and edifices. From the museum’s cafe, you can gaze up, toward the Parthenon, the rebuilt fifth-century B.C. temple of Athena that sits on top of the

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Cheesemaker Profiles

Schoch Family Farmstead: Tradition Trumps Intensification

Nestled in the foothills just outside of Salinas, CA, sits the Central Coast’s last surviving dairy farm, Schoch Family Farmstead. The Schochs (pronounced ‘shock’) are not only the last dairy farming family in the region, but they are also Monterey County’s last producer of Monterey Jack, one of the few

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Four Fat Fowl is All About Family

Four Fat Fowl is a family of maniacal cheese lovers with a commitment to making locally sourced, handcrafted cheeses in Stephentown, NY. The genesis of the company goes back 10 years to 2013 when husband and wife Willy and Shaleena Bridgham decided to put their long-term dream of making cheese

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Centerfold Cheeses

The Farm at Doe Run: St. Malachi

When St. Malachi, an aged Gouda, Alpine-style cheese from The Farm at Doe Run of Coatesville, PA, was named first place Best of Show at the American Cheese Society’s 2023 Judging & Competition, the farm says it was shocked to be named the top cheese in the nation. The cheese

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Pure Luck: Basket Molded Chèvre

Pure Luck Farm and Dairy in Dripping Springs, TX, has been making handmade artisan goat cheeses since 1995, so it was more than just “pure luck” when the dairy’s Basket Molded Chèvre tied for third place best of show in the 2023 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition, making it among the top five tastiest cheeses in the U.S.

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Cheese Retailer Profiles

Arkansas’ First Cut-to-Order Cheese Shop

As retailer Sweet Freedom celebrates its fifth anniversary, it focuses on what it does best. Northwest Arkansas’ first cut-to-order cheese shop, Sweet Freedom in Bentonville can be held up as an example of a retailer that has done everything right. Owner Jessica Keahey was able to turn her passion into

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Bedford Cheese Shop’s Evolution

This Manhattan gem sources more obscure cheeses, while going the extra mile to educate customers. When friends Jason Scherr and Jason Jeffries established Bedford Cheese Shop in Brooklyn, NY’s Williamsburg Mini Mall back in 2001, they had no idea it would become a beloved part of New York City. Fast

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A Rhode Island Cheese Institution

 Casey and Adrienne D’Arconte, owners of Edgewood Cheese Shop Edgewood Cheese Shop has become a destination for New Englanders seeking specialty cheese. Wanting to open a shop filled with things they loved, Adrienne D’Arconte and husband Casey set out in 2015 on what she calls their “passion project”. “I always

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Guest Columnists


Cheesy Events

An Epic Mortadella

In Italy, the land of culinary excellence, mortadella is synonymous with good food and the joy of life. Veroni celebrates the mortadella tradition and taste, bringing the largest one ever seen in the U.S. to the Big Apple’s biggest food and wine event. The giant mortadella, the queen of Italian

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Eating Out

Raising the Bar

Murray’s Cheese Bar LIC opens a Long Island City flagship restaurant combined with a retail store and its first full-service bar. Murray’s Cheese has expanded greatly since it was first opened as a single-store retailer located in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1940. Today, in addition to its original

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Liquid Indulgence


Wine from Long Island

Celebrated wine aficionado, Ron Kapon, who is known in wine circles as the Peripatetic Oenophile — the traveling wine expert — answers questions that Cheese Connoisseur readers have asked.

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Cooking with Cheese

Fondue Entree - Roth Cheese

Fondue Re-Do   

Recently, I’ve noticed fondue sets, including a pot, table stand with burner and color-coated forks, are being sold in cookware shops and online again. I say “again” because a couple of times in my past, serving fondue was all the rage, and I loved serving this to my family and

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Where's my Cheese?

New Mexico

Artisan Goat Cheeses of New Mexico

Extreme diversity distinguishes the southwest from other U.S. Regions. I-40 (old Route 66) splits the Southwest into two distinct environments: the northern divide has cool climates, tall pines and mountainous terrain, for example, in Santa Fe and Flagstaff. The southern divide is hot, flat and arid, like Albuquerque and Phoenix.

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