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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 […]

Daily Driver

Stop by Daily Driver Next Time You’re in San Fran


Stop by Daily Driver for hand-paddled butter, fresh cheese, and wood-fired bagels.

The Best Chefs of the Year: Quince


Michael Tusk’s three Michelin–starred restaurant in San Francisco is using cheese in all kinds of ways.

Cheese Curd Closeup - What's the Difference between Cheese Curds and Cheese

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.

Grilled Cheese by Ellen Mary Cronin

The Cheese Photographer We’re Obsessed With


Shot for Murray’s Cheese by Ellen Mary Cronin Is there any food more photogenic than cheese? From wedges of brie oozing out of their rinds to the textured landscape of an overflowing cheese platter, I for one can spend hours scrolling through “#cheeseporn” on Instagram. But I always seem to get stuck on one feed […]

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 […]

Little Sister Delicatessen

11 Cheese Shops You Have to Follow on Instagram


If you’re reading this, we think it’s safe to say you love cheese. We’d even go so far as to presume you swoon over oozing brie and go weak in the knees for tangy pecorino. You love long walks on the cheese trail and you’re definitely a Comté-person. Cream is your favorite color and you’d […]

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 […]

It’s a (Cheese) Marathon


Planet Cheese is a weekly blog devoted to everything cheese: products, people, places, news, and views. James Beard Award-winning journalist Janet Fletcher writes Planet Cheese from her home in Napa Valley. Janet is the author of Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer, and The Cheese Course and an occasional contributor to culture. Visit janetfletcher.com to […]

Cheesemonger invitational - Rory Stamp

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 […]