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Madison Trapkin

Articles written by Madison Trapkin

Editor Madison Trapkin is an Atlanta-bred, Boston-based writer. She graduated from Boston University’s Gastronomy master’s Program in December 2018 and started at culture in March 2019. She is passionate about The Feminist Agenda, pizza, and regularly watering her houseplants.

New on the Market for Winter 2019


We’ve rounded up six hot products to look out for on your next shopping trip. Made with wildflower honey and red raspberries from Chile and Mexico, Raspberry Mead from Long Island-based Beacon Meadery has us dreaming of warmer weather. Pair the boozy, honey-forward pour with something sharp and salty, like aged gouda or Pecorino Romano. […]

Keep Calm and Eat Cheese


In 1991, founder Patricia Michelson (right) opened the first La Fromagerie location in London’s Highbury Park neighborhood with a dream of bringing carefully crafted cheeses to the city. Now more than two decades later, Michelson has realized her dream and then some. Part cheese-and-produce shop, part fine-dining restaurant, part wholesale operation, La Fromagerie has evolved […]

Shop Talk: The Fox & The Crow


If you’re in the market for a truly cheesy experience (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), look no further than Fort Collins’ midtown cheese shop The Fox & The Crow. Part fromagerie, part bistro, this shop boasts a selection of cheeses “from five to 5,000miles away.” Co-founder Tina Mooney takes pride in the range of […]

Crowning Glory


I’m staring at a nondescript dark blue garage door somewhere in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. It’s the first Saturday of New York City’s week-long Pride celebration and the streets are buzzing with rainbow-clad revelers. I approach the door slowly, then stop when I see another woman rushing over with keys and phone in one hand, […]

A Pear by Many Other Names


Close your eyes and imagine a pear. You’re probably envisioning a light green, almost yellow fruit with a large base that tapers towards the top: the Bartlett pear. This pale, golden-green varietal is available September through February and it’s a classic match with cheese—but more on that in a minute. First, we need to talk […]

New on the Market for Autumn 2019


We’ve rounded up six hot products to look out for on your next shopping trip. BelGioioso has a new snack that smiles back (no really, check the packaging); from fresh mozzarella to Asiago Fresco, two-bite Snacking Cheese will satisfy cravings morning, noon, and night. Even better: With five to seven grams of protein per serving, […]

Divine Bovine: A Photographic Ode to a Beloved Animal


Some of our favorite photos from Werner Lampert’s “The Cow: A Tribute” featuring stunning snapshots of rare cattle breeds.

Cheese Pairings: Figs


They grew from the tree that shrouded Buddha as he attained enlightenment; their leaves concealed Adam and Eve from indecency in the Garden of Eden; and their fiddle-leaf fig tree cousin now brightens waiting rooms across America. The fig, supple and forgiving, is as restorative as it is flavorful. Packed with vitamins and minerals, the fruit was prescribed to the sick by Ancient Greek and […]

Cheese Pairings: Orange Wine


What if we lived in a world where it wasn’t “rosé all day,” but rather, “orange wine all…” Okay, so nothing rhymes with orange. But you get the gist. Orange wine is the latest trend in skin-contact wine—essentially, it’s white wine made like red wine: using the skin of the grapes. (White wine is typically made by first pressing the skins off […]