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Meet Evan Talen, the Cheesemonger Invitational Champion


Newcomer Evan Talen of Aperitivo blew the judges away in the Chicago Cheesemonger Invitational.

Jill Zenoff Wins the Winter 2019 Cheesemonger Invitational


From cheesy s’mores to a Cheese Camp song, Jill Zenoff blew the judges away at the Winter 2019 CMI.

The Best Cheese Events for Winter 2018


From a 400-pound wheel of cheese paraded through the streets to a beer and cheese festival in Wisconsin, these are the best Winter cheese events this year.

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 Do I Learn to Taste Cheese Like An Expert?


How can I learn to taste cheese the way the experts do?  Tasting doesn’t have to be formal or prescriptive—cheese is the great democratizer, that incredible distillation of dairy that anyone with taste buds (and lactose tolerance) can enjoy. The rules are simple: Taste often and taste deliberately. Start a journal or photo log of cheeses you taste and record your observations.   While […]

In Queso You Missed It June 17th


Photo Courtesy of Rogue Creamery Good morning cheese friends, and happy Father’s Day! We hope you’re gathering around the grill, or maybe the TV for some good ol’ fashion football. You’ve waited four long years to fill your days and nights with another World Cup, and the time has finally arrived! But between games, we […]

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Rory Stamp of Dedalus Wine Shop Wins the Cheesemonger Invitational


Last Sunday, Rory Stamp of Dedalus Wine Shop in Vermont was crowned champion at the Cheesemonger Invitational in San Francisco. This was Stamp’s second time competing, after placing fourth at the last Invitational this past summer in New York. “I put so much into this, but never really expected this outcome,” says Stamp, “it feels pretty […]

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In Queso You Missed It January 21st


The Culture team is out in San Francisco this week attending the Cheesemonger Invitational, aka the Olympics of cheese, and the Winter Fancy Food Show, the grandest specialty food and beverage showcase on the West Coast. We’ll be sharing our adventures over on our Instagram story, in case you’re curious to see what all the fuss is about.  […]