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In Queso You Missed It December 9th


If you happened to be in New England this past week, you hopefully attended the Crucolo Day Parade in Concord, Massachusetts. The main attraction, of course, was a 400-pound wheel of Crucolo cheese, but the addition of the “town crier,” dancers, and Miss Crucolo USA definitely augmented the festivities. Now we just need a cheese event in every major U.S. city. Here’s some cheese news to inspire you while you brainstorm.

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

  • South Korea has a cheese theme park! That’s right. The Imsil Cheese Park is a 32-acre park complete with cheese-shaped buildings, classes, and mini cheese-themed rides.   
     
  • Rising demand for non-dairy cheese options has prompted the New England-based cashew cheesemaker Nuttin Ordinary (hands down the best name ever) to expand.  
     
  • December 12 marks the return of Whole Food’s famed 12 Days of Cheese. One cheese each day will be marked down 50%. See you there!     
     
  • Milwaukee Bucks’ star player Giannis Antetokounmpo received the best (and most Wisconsin) birthday present money can buy: a 40 pound wheel of cheese.
     
  • Football coach Bill O’Brien coined the term “don’t take the cheese” to warn that success can lull you into a careless state. While maybe true, we respectfully disagree: always, always take the cheese.   
     
  • With holiday parties galore, bring a dish that’ll outshine all the competition. Smoked cheese is your answer.  
      
  • On a more solemn note, a salmonella outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese has jumped to 80 potential cases. Belgium and Germany has joined with France in recalling the suspected culprit.

Madeline Upson

A longtime lover of cheese and wine nights, Madeline finally gets to use her love of cheese in an actual job as Editorial Assistant at Culture Magazine. She lives in Boston.

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