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Shop Talk: Mad River Taste Place


Wedged into the tiny ski town of Waitsfield, Mad River Taste Place is centered around an all-Vermont selection of beers, ciders, spirits, and 80 to 90 cheeses

Ask the Monger: Why Are Washed-Rind Cheeses Orange?


Ever wondered where washed-rind cheeses get their color? We have your answer.

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Ask the Monger: What’s the Difference Between Blue Pockets and Streaks?


Why do some blue cheeses have pockets while others have streaks? When it comes to blues, there are some slight variances that determine the texture, flavor, and, yes, even the style of veining. You may notice some cheeses have a more open structure, where blue molds like Penicillium roqueforti can thrive. These are called “pockets.” […]

Ask the Monger: What Are Some Tips for Buying Cheese at a Grocery Store?


Here are some cheesemonger pro-tips for buying cheese at a grocery store.

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Ask the Monger: What’s the Difference Between Cheese Curds and Cheese?


Gordon Edgar of Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco lays out the difference between cheddar curds and the cheese itself.

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Ask the Monger: How Do I Become A Cheesemonger?


How does one become a cheesemonger?  I began my career as a cheesemaker in rural West Pawlet, Vermont. Due to the distance between the farm and our retail customers in NYC, a tremendous information gap existed. Is the cheese raw or pasteurized? Jersey milk or Ayrshire? From the Northeast Kingdom or the Slate Valley? I wanted to close that gap and tell […]

Shop Talk: La Maison Du Fromager in Paris, France

Shop Talk: La Maison Du Fromager in Paris, France


Marie Quatrehomme is the owner of four successful Parisian cheese shops: La Fromagerie Du Rendez-Vous, La Fromagerie D’Issy-Les-Moulineaux, La Fromagerie De L’Espérance, and La Maison Du Fromage. She is one of France’s most well-known—and perhaps most unlikely—cheese savants, a celebrated author, and one of the first cheese professionals to achieve both the Meilleur Ouvrier de […]

Eric Schack is the Newest Cheesemonger Invitational Champion


Photo Credit Kristine Jannuzzi With 1,400 attendees, the 14th Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI)—held for the first time at the spacious Brooklyn Expo Center on Saturday, June 30—was the biggest and arguably the best event in its nine-year history. “The cheesemonger talent was incredible, and what I’m hearing from guests is that the CMI is all grown […]

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Ask the Monger: How Long Can Cheese Sit Out of the Fridge?


How long can cheese sit out of refrigeration? Awesome question! It’s one I get a lot at the counter, especially in the summertime. Unfortunately, there isn’t one simple answer: It all depends on the cheese. Generally speaking, those with a higher moisture content like fresh cheeses, soft cheeses, or anything especially squishy don’t do as […]