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Monica is Culture's Social Media Editor. Coming from a formaggio-obsessed Italian family, she was very excited to combine her passions for cheese and writing at Culture. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and pairing wine and cheese in her spare time.

Q+A With Cheese Culture Coalition Founder Whitney Roberts


The recent protests against racial injustice in America have sparked a movement across the globe, calling for change in all areas of life—including the cheese industry. Leading part of that movement is longtime monger and Certified Cheese Professional Whitney Roberts, who recently launched the Cheese Culture Coalition: an initiative that seeks to expand educational opportunities […]

Weathering the Wildfires: How local cheesemakers are coping with destruction


Since wildfires started raging across the West Coast last month, residents have faced high rates of air pollution, power outages, and record-breaking destruction. And for cheesemakers already impacted by the pandemic, this latest challenge has only made their jobs more complicated. “The economic impacts of the fires include business interruptions, costly loss of goods, reduction […]

In Queso You Missed It: September 20th


Temps are dropping and pumpkin-spice-everything has officially hit the shelves, which can only mean one thing: Our Autumn issue is here!

In Season: An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor A-Whey


Apples are to autumn what ice cream is to summer—once the temps drop and leaves change, our cravings for a crisp Pink Lady or Granny Smith are ignited. That’s because the fruit starts to mature in late summer and throughout the fall, feeding the country in the form of pies, ciders (more on this here), […]

Drinks with Cheese: Not Far From the Tree


Apple cider is as American as, well, apple pie. It’s been part of our culture since European settlers brought apple seeds across the pond just to brew the boozy beverage, back when the fruit itself was deemed too bitter to enjoy on its own. This trend caught on, especially in New England and the Northwest […]

Cheesemongering in the Time of COVID: Wisconsin Small Shop Spotlight


COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, upending life as we know it and impacting each of us in ways we never could’ve predicted. And for small businesses facing economic crises on top of health concerns, this pandemic hits especially hard. But these difficult times have also inspired an era of resilience—small cheese shops across […]

In Queso You Missed It: September 6th


In what seems like the blink of an eye, the summer months have passed and we’re creeping into comfort food season. And what better way to welcome the cooler temps than with National Potato Month? Incredibly versatile and easy to pair, potatoes are practically a no-brainer with cheese. Celebrate this month by treating your family […]

In Queso You Missed It: August 23rd


PSA: National Peach Month is still going on! Savor the final days of the season by pairing cheese with this beloved stone fruit in all its forms—from jams to cocktails to wine-marinated wedges. Get your juices flowing with ideas by peeking at our Summer 2018 cheese plate here. In other cheese news: Cheese is at […]

In Queso You Missed It: August 9th


We’ve officially (somehow) made it to August, AKA National Goat Cheese Month! And if there was ever a time to stock up on local cheeses and build an all-chèvre cheese board, it’s now. For inspo, reminisce on our Spring 2018 cheese plate that offers a wedge for every palette: from smoky maple to sweet gouda […]

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