Anna Juhl, founder and tour host of Cheese Journeys, which creates food travel opportunities around artisan cheeses while promoting the awareness of producers, serves as the guide throughout our nine-day Cheddar expedition through some of England’s most beautiful countryside in Devon and Somerset.
The planet is blessed with over 7,000 varieties of apples. From the ancient fruit-bearing trees of Britain and France to the northern most regions of Scandinavia to the far regions of Australia to the frostier parts of North America, apples cover the earth. It’s easy to see after biting into a sweet and juicy Pink Lady or a full of flavor Fuji, how every apple must be a good cider-making contender. Not so. Surprisingly, what tastes good might not be a good candidate for producing a delicious hard apple cider.
Coordinating the shipment of containers full of cheese from France, introducing new cheeses from Australia to the U.S. market, and forecasting future cheese trends—it’s all in a day’s work for Stephanie Ciano. As the vice president of international purchasing for Armonk, NY-based World’s Best Cheese, one of the United States’ leading cheese distributors, Ciano is responsible for bringing quality and cutting-edge cheeses into the United States. It’s quite possible that you can thank her for the selection at your local cheese shop.
It was 18 years ago when Russell glover and Angela Miller went searching for a nice quiet second home in the country and came across a huge farmstead and 300-plus acres in the stunning rolling hills of Vermont’s Champlain Valley.
Carlos Yescas has been a diplomat, professor and united nations expert. He still juggles a number of jobs, including raw milk cheese advocate, cheese judge and researcher. Born in Mexico, Yescas, 40, also distributes Mexican cheeses and is currently setting up a Latin American cheesemaker network to connect producers there with “scientists, gastronomers, chefs, researchers and historians,” from around the world. He hopes to keep traditional cheesemaking going and growing in Latin America and around the globe, which he explains is in danger of disappearing. Oh, and he also throws clay in his spare time.
Laura Chenel’s was founded by its namesake in 1979, though starting a cheese company was not her initial goal. As a young woman, Chenel was someone who traveled a great deal and was an early adaptor of the belief that one should provide their own food. She grew and made what she could, and acquired some goats, too, in the process.
Margaret Cicogna is one of the united state’s leading authorities on Italian cheese. “People call me the Cheese Lady,” she told Cheese Connoisseur over coffee in New York City. “But I do a lot more than cheese. I went to school. I have a family.” Still, Cicogna’s deep knowledge and passion for cheese, and close relationships with the producers she’s worked with over many decades, have more than earned her the title.
Some would say that biting into a sweet, sticky, squishy fig has been a gastronomic pleasure since the beginning of time. Fig trees purportedly shaded Adam and Eve and provided them with their first hint of clothing. Archaeologists have found fig branches next to human remains that date from more than 7,000 years ago. Some scientists believe the fruit trees may have been among the first domesticated crops.
We don’t have to tell you that Mozzarella di Bufala is a miraculous food. One bite of its milky, sweet, pure, gooey, silky perfection is all it takes to convert chefs, diners, consumers and foodies.
Joseph Gallo Farms, Atwater, CA, has announced that its family of organic cheeses has earned verification by the Non-GMO Project. This verification confirms that Joseph Farms organic cheeses are produced in compliance with rigorous standards for GMO avoidance.
“GMO” stands for Genetically Modified Organism, and refers to plants, animals or other organisms whose genetic material has been changed in ways that do not occur naturally. The “non-GMO” claim means that the food is made without ingredients that were derived from genetically engineered organisms. For meat, poultry, dairy and eggs, the “non-GMO” claim means animals were not fed a diet containing genetically engineered crops.
The Non-GMO Project’s Verification Program is North America’s most trusted third-party program for verifying a product’s ingredients. Its seal gives shoppers the assurance that a product has completed comprehensive third-party verification for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Comté PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), although the cheese’s history goes back almost 1,000 years. Comitй Interprofessionnel de Gestion du Comtй (CIGC) held a four-day celebration at the Royal Salt works at in Arc-et-Senans, France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This event was a moment of sharing among those who craft Comté cheese and the consumers who enjoy it. In addition, it provided the opportunity to salute the history, future and the pursuit of excellence embodied by the Comté PDO as well as recognize the contributions the organization has made to the community, the environment and the vitality of the region.
The festivities, which commenced on October 19th, included events for Comté professionals from farmers to affineurs, school children as well as for the general public. These included a giant fondue with 1,500 participants, a mini-comice (cattle exhibition and contest) and a Comté village with cheese tasting workshops, demonstrations, historic exhibits and a bookstore featuring local authors.
The anniversary can also be enjoyed virtually, through a series of videos that showcase everyone in the production of Comté and beyond. These can be viewed at http://vismavie-comte.com/ or for more information contact [email protected].
Consumers are encouraged to look for the special green plate that has been affixed on wheels of Comté, to commemorate the occasion.