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When I heard that Laura was doing a globally-focused “Mountain Cheese and Wines” dinner at The Little Nell hotel’s Element 47 restaurant in Aspen, I was thrilled. With the help of the Nell’s new wine director, Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy (at 29, the youngest to earn the distinction) and executive sous chef Mike Daley, a luscious alpine meal featuring esoteric cheese and wine came together. Last night, we gathered in a private room at the restaurant to learn more about the nature of mountain cheeses and experience the most unconventional pairings most of us had ever experienced.
It doesn’t get more Midwestern than pairing crispy potato home fries with cheese curds! For a seasonal treat, Chef Paul Virant will substitute winter squash
Choosing the perfect shade paint inspires a trip to the cheese counter for mouth-watering color inspiration
Dress up your cheese board with silken veggies preserved in oil.
“Herd shares” help farmers sell unpasteurized or raw milk legally
At a Colorado prison dairy, inmates milk the experience for all it’s worth
Fruit preserves, nuts, and honey often get the glory when it comes to creating a mouthwatering cheese plate, but savory can be just as tempting.
Take a cue from creative retailers, and create your own homemade cheese cards so you can serve your cheese with some playful prose
One woman’s path to success involves goats — and one very mean 6th grader
Cheesemongers who love what they do have the tats to prove it