The Cheese Oasis In The Big Easy

Situated in city known for its Creole dishes, St. James Cheese may be an anomaly in NOLA, but both of its cheese shops/restaurants have amassed a dedicated following.

The Cheese Oasis In The Big Easy

It was a calculated risk opening up a gourmet cheese shop in Uptown New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, but it was one that Danielle Sutton and her husband Richard were willing to take.

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New Orleans — An Emerging Cheese City

Spice in the Big Easy

New Orleans — An Emerging Cheese City

It’s a rainy Wednesday night in New Orleans, and the cheese shop is packed. We’re here at St. James, a retailer located on the edge of the city’s business district, sandwiched between a surf-themed dive bar and slick, remodeled hotels. Inside the glassy front of St. James, well-appointed New Orleanians, from girls on a night out to older couples, sit at a couple dozen tables, their attention focused on a tray of four cheeses in the middle of each table. It’s a full house at the Alpine cheese tasting night, and a great night to be a cheese connoisseur in New Orleans.

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