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Shop Talk: Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, Albuquerque, NM.

Kaune’s Neighborhood Market

IN 1896, when the Kaune family moved from the Midwest to Santa Fe, Henry Kaune opened a general store. His philosophy: Provide grocery staples at reasonable prices, plus hard-to-find specialty goods. In 2003, Cheryl Sommer and her husband, Kurt, purchased Kaune’s Neighborhood Market, and they remain equally passionate about maintaining these values. Case in point: The shop has provided home delivery for years, allowing staff to develop close relationships with elderly and otherwise homebound customers.

Cheese buying at Kaune’s Neighborhood Market is a team effort, shared between Cheryl and Anthony Montoya. Every Wednesday afternoon, Kaune’s samples a beer, wine, or spirit alongside a food item (usually cheese). A happy hour, indeed.

culture: What local cheeses do you recommend?

Cheryl Sommer: Tucumcari Mountain Cheese Factory makes Jack cheese with green chile. (I also recommend) two riffs on triple-cream cow’s milk cheese from The Old Windmill Dairy: one with green chile and one with chipotle and spices.

culture: What’s your favorite cheese to bring to a party?

CS: Parmesan. But if I’m entertaining at home, triple creams, which I try to pair with something sweet, like apricot preserves. Or I may offer some Italian cheeses with meats, olives, and whatnot.

culture: What is the weirdest cheese pairing you’ve had—and did you like it?

CS: Nettle Meadow Farm out of New York offers a spreadable goat cheese that has lavender and honey. I’m not always partial to floral flavors but it was surprisingly delicious.

511 Old Santa Fe Trl.
Santa Fe, NM
Mon.–Sat. 8 a.m.–7 p.m

Jessica Mandelbaum

With a BA in Anthropology, as well as her current work towards a MA in Gastronomy, Jessica offers a distinct and eclectic perspective to the culture team. When she’s not writing about the multi-sensorial perception of flavor or force-feeding her loved ones cheese-laden meals, Jessica can be found practicing yoga, gardening, reading, hiking or spending quality time with her dog-daughter, Emmie.

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