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In Queso You Missed It: March 8th


March is here, which means February (a.k.a. National Potato Lovers Month) is behind us. But real potato lovers know this versatile starch should be celebrated year-round, especially with cheese: like in this Creamed Spinach Twice Baked Potato recipe (which you should definitely make for dinner tonight).  In other cheese news: There’s a new cheese vendor […]

Putting the Käse in Omakase


What do you get when you combine cheese, Japanese food, and two American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals? The answer: an innovative, umami-filled omakase (meaning “I trust you” or “I’ll leave it up to you”) tasting menu prepared by Rachel Freier and Laura Sutter. The duo met at Murray’s Cheese Bar in New York City, […]

Crowning Glory


I’m staring at a nondescript dark blue garage door somewhere in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. It’s the first Saturday of New York City’s week-long Pride celebration and the streets are buzzing with rainbow-clad revelers. I approach the door slowly, then stop when I see another woman rushing over with keys and phone in one hand, […]

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 […]

13 Best Things We Tried at the 2018 Summer Fancy Foods Show


Last weekend, the culture crew flew out to New York for the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show, a semi-annual trade show for folks in the food industry. We spent three full days tasting our way through a sprawling, multi-floor extravaganza of specialty foods, with aisle after aisle of delectable cheeses, meats, jams, honey, chocolates, ice creams, shrubs, […]

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Of Oxtails and Awards: Meet Seattle Chef Edouardo Jordan


“Food with roots,” is the slogan of JuneBaby, the second restaurant from Seattle chef Edouardo Jordan. It’s an appropriate phrase—at JuneBaby, Jordan serves dishes inspired by his St. Petersburg, Fla., upbringing, seasoned with French and Italian techniques, and cooked through the lens of the Pacific Northwest. “I’m telling my story [and] letting the food be […]

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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.  […]