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California Artisan Cheese Festival

California (Cheese) Dreamin’


Come along with the Culture team as we fly cross-country to sunny California to spend the weekend at a cheese festival.

California Telere

Teleme: Franklin’s Edition


I’m driving through dense morning fog in California’s San Joaquin Valley, slowly maneuvering my car, searching for road signs and landmarks scribbled down on the back of an old envelope. My eyes spot the sun, a white orb only slightly brighter than the dewy air around it. I can look directly at it without squinting.   This hazy valley is the heart of California Big Ag country. It’s home to the World Ag Expo, the largest milk processing center in California, and […]

Cheese Goals 2019: Take a Trip — to Cheese


Cheese-focused travel allows people to see where the product comes from and to interact with cheesemakers.

Cowgirl Creamery Hilary Green Interview - Tomales

Best Cheeses: Northern California


Northern California’s longer growing season and lush pastures produce many award-winning cheeses.

Shop Talk: Milkfarm


From Girl Scout cookie pairing classes to over a hundred offerings, this LA cheese shop has something for everyone.

In Northern California, A 150-Year-Old Creamery Believes in Keeping it Local


These pioneering sister creameries prove there’s more to NorCal than wine.

Tomales Bay Foods - Hilary Green Interview

Shop Talk: Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes, CA


For cheese lovers and curd nerds alike, Cowgirl Creamery is a destination on the California cheese trail. Founders Sue Conley and Peggy Smith have come a long way since they opened in the mid-90’s with a mission to help get West Marin cheeses into the Bay Area’s best restaurants. It all began with a delivery […]

dream weaver

Behind the Label: Dream Weaver from Central Coast Creamery


A cheese with a killer name like Dream Weaver—which often prompts people to break into the chorus of its namesake 1970s hit song—merits an equally memorable label. Central Coast Creamery owners Reggie and Kellie Jones wanted to create a look for their washed rind wheel that embodies the “sweet, slow life” of their home state […]

Mission Cheese

Shop Talk: Mission Cheese in San Francisco, CA


Tucked into the heart of one of San Francisco’s trendiest neighborhoods, Mission Cheese is equal parts cheese bar, retail shop, and swanky restaurant. A champion for the American artisan cheese movement, the shop not only almost exclusively carries domestic cheeses, but owner Sara Dvorak also serves on the Board of Directors for California Artisan Cheese […]

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, a Creamery by the Sea


On a chilly, fog-shrouded morning, it’s easy to miss the turnoff for Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company. Nestled among the rolling hills of Marin County, approximately 45 miles north of San Francisco, the farm and creamery are situated out of view of the region’s main thoroughfare. Here, above the long, blue stretch of Tomales Bay, […]