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Cheeses Make the Perfect Picnic Centerpiece

Fresh flavors are a great place to start when selecting picnic picks. Nothing says summertime like a cheerful, delicious picnic spread unfurled on a blanket in a park, on a beach, or in a garden. Ideally, the sun is shining, you’re surrounded by your favorite people, and you can relax

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What is Special About Speck?

This specialty ham hails from a province in northeastern Italy, but has a Bavarian background. For those not familiar with speck, a cured and smoked ham, looking at its origins presents a conundrum. The German name for bacon, speck originates from South Tyrol, which, although located in northeastern Italy, has

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Cheesemaker Profiles


Cheesemakers bringing Dutch cheese traditions to the world. Dutch Cheese Makers is the exclusive importer of Artikaas, a brand of authentic Dutch Gouda. Established with a passion for sharing the flavors and textures of the Netherlands’ famous dairy heritage, Dutch Cheese Makers has carved a niche as a leading provider

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Small But Mighty

Briar Rose Creamery has accomplished big things in Oregon. In 2005, Sarah Marcus was hired at Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco, CA, as a cheesemonger, working at the city’s historic Ferry Building. “I was born into a food family. My mom was a food and travel writer for the San

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Centerfold Cheeses


This year marks Belle Chevre Inc.’s 35th anniversary of making goat cheese. Throughout its history, Belle Chevre, Huntsville, AL, has created a variety of products (including cheesecake!), with fresh goat cheese always at the forefront. When Chevoo was up for sale in early 2022, Belle Chevre saw this as an

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Hook’s Cheese Company: Sheep Milk Truffle

Tony Hook, of Hook’s Cheese Company Inc., Mineral Point, WI, knows a thing or two about cheese. He has been selling his cheeses at the Dane County Farmers’ Market in Madison, WI, for more than 30 years and has about 50 years of cheesemaking experience. “We sample all of our

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Cheese Retailer Profiles

A Downtown Napa Original

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant combines a cheese counter with a wine bar to create the perfect pairing. When Master Sommelier Peter Granoff and his business partner Debbie Zachareas decided to create a cheese shop as an offshoot of their successful Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant business, the idea was to

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A Neighborhood Gem

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, California retailer Milkfarm has surpassed owner Leah Park’s expectations. When Leah Park was searching for the perfect place to open a cheese shop, she didn’t have to look far from home. It turns out that Eagle Rock, CA, in northeast Los Angeles, just 10 miles from

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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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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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