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Ray Bair owns Cheese Plus in San Francisco, CA. Before opening his own shop, Ray was director of cheese, wine, and specialty foods for Whole Foods Market™. Well regarded for his travels across the country and throughout Europe, Ray is constantly searching to find the source of authentic and traditional cheese and specialty foods.

Cheesemonger Pet-Peeves


 What is your biggest cheese pet-peeve?  When you’re at a party or gathering, don’t dig the cheese out of the rind, leaving a flapping cave of rind on the platter. Take a complete slice, top to bottom, so the cheese doesn’t become mutilated. Every wheel or wedge is a living beautiful thing and deserves to […]

Are Cheese Rinds Edible?

Pholia Farm in Rogue River, Oregon makes raw milk aged goat cheeses from Nigerian Dwarf Goats

Not all cheese rinds are edible, but cheesemonger Ray Bair tells you how to know what is good to eat and what isn’t

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