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World's Largest Cheeseboard

Best Cheeses: Wisconsin


From classic cheddars and fried curds to American originals and artisanal wheels, Wisconsin’s cheese scene offers plenty of options for every cheese lover.

The Last Limburger


Long dismissed as a “stinky cheese,” limburger might just surprise you.

World's Largest Cheeseboard

Wisconsin Just Broke the Record for the World’s Largest Cheeseboard


On August 8th, Wisconsin made history by creating the World’s Largest Cheeseboard, setting a new Guinness World Record. The gigantic platter, which occupied more than an entire street of downtown Madison, overflowed with 4,437 pounds of Wisconsin cheese, smashing the previous (European) record by over 1,000 pounds. Sadly, the Culture staff was unable to make […]

Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown

All The Winners From The Grilled Cheese Recipe Showdown


Last week, I had the pleasure of judging the Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Showdown, an annual competition hosted by Wisconsin Cheese out in Madison. It’s an esteemed honor, especially for a former entrant who never made it past the first round.  There are three categories in the contest: Junior, for entrants under 18, The Classic, for sandwiches with 6 […]

3 Cheeses That Look Like Manchego But Aren’t


If you’ve tried Spanish cheese, then you’ve most likely met Manchego, the star of many a tapas spread. Made from exclusively sheep’s milk—and from only Manchega sheep—Manchego is distinct in its sharp, lingering flavor. But it’s recognizable for more than its flavor. Manchego’s appearance is just as iconic: a dark brown rind imprinted with a plaited […]

Little House on the Prairie and Cheesemaking in America’s Dairyland


If you grew up reading Little House on the Prairie or watching its adaptation on TV, the name is likely to trigger some serious nostalgia. Laura Ingalls Wilder a.k.a. “America’s favorite pioneer girl” found fame chronicling her family’s migration across the Midwest in the late 19th century. Tales of sweeping plains, Native American encounters, and hostilities borne […]

Larry's Market

Shop Talk: Larry’s Market in Brown Deer, Wisconsin


Today, Wisconsin is famous for award-winning wheels, but—believe it or not—there was a time when artisan cheese was lacking in America’s Dairyland. In 1971, most cheese was the mass-produced brick variety, of which Larry Ehlers, a grocery store owner in Milwaukee, was not a fan. Seeking an edge in the supermarket industry, he traveled to […]

In Queso You Missed It March 25th


With bi-coastal storms and tragedies across the country, we’ve been feeling pretty blue here at Culture. If you’re like us, you could probably do with a pick-me-up. To turn your frown upside down, unwrap that special wheel of brie you’ve been saving for a rainy day, break off a few (dozen) squares of sea salt […]

World Championship Cheese Contest

9 Things I Learned at the World Championship Cheese Contest


Does it get any cheesier than Wisconsin? Yep—when you fill one room with 3,400 cheeses and curd experts from across the globe. I spent a day at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin this week from March 6-8. The event was held in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, overlooking the lake […]