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My Day as a Judge at The Cheesemonger Invitational


As I turned yet another corner in search of the entrance to The Midway, home to The Cheesemonger Invitational for the second year in a row, I wondered what I was walking into. The RuPaul’s Drag Race of cheese challenges? The Great British Bake Off of curd competitions? It was 10 a.m. and honestly, I […]

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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 […]