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Articles written by Carolyn Bender

It took Carolyn a little while to work up the courage to follow the career path in cheese that she wanted, but for the past two years, she has been answering her calling as a cheesemonger. Pretty different from her previous career in advertising! Carolyn’s love of cheese started with Slow Food. The fact that cheesemongers know where the artisan cheeses they sell come from and the care and effort that goes into making each wheel appealed to her sensibilities. Carolyn has never had the opportunity to attend the Cheesemonger Invitational and looks forward to competing for the first time.

A selection of cheeses whose rinds have been washed with alcohol

Booze Washed Rind Cheeses


Cheesemonger Carolyn Bender gives examples on how to do a funky twist on cheese and wine pairing by serving cheeses whose rinds have been washed in alcohol

Closeup of heirloom tomatoes

Spring Grilled Cheese with Tomato


Cheesemonger Carolyn Bender explains how juicy ripe tomatoes are the perfect seasonal addition to a buttery, melty grilled cheese sandwich.