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In Queso You Missed It: January 24th

National Cheese Lover’s Day was technically four days ago but…we’re still celebrating. If you’re like us and want to keep your love for cheese at the center of your life, check out our list of activities to keep the cheesy energy going strong—like making, melting, and plating all the cheese you can get your hands on. 

In other cheese news:

  • Rogue Creamery is making a difference in their community with cheese. With every block sold of this new aged cheddar, Cheese Is Love, one is donated to local food banks and pantries. All proceeds go towards feeding local communities in need. 
  • Straus Home Ranch just launched small-batch artisan cheese collections just in time for Valentine’s Day. These boxes will be curated by Vivien Straus, creator of The California Cheese Trail, and will include a live virtual tasting to join on Zoom. Take a peek at what cheeses and chocolates will be featured in this first collection here.
  • Co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery and industry trailblazers Sue Conley and Peggy Smith have officially announced their retirement. The couple is leaving the company to managing director Amanda Parker, and they plan to stay active in the cheese world going forward.
  • The Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is hosting a giveaway of limited-edition gift boxes filled with Wisconsin-made cheeses that’ll arrive just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nominate your cheese-loving bestie or significant other here before January 31st for the chance to be one of the 500 lucky winners.
  • Speaking of the day of love…it’s time to start planning your virtual Valentine’s dates (before spots start filling up!). Marissa Mullen of That Cheese Plate is starting the season early, with her “Season of Love” Plate Class on January 30th. Then, cure your sweet tooth with a guided cheese and chocolate tasting with Jasper Hill Farm (February 12th) and Green Dirt Farm (February 13th).
  • Looking for more healthy options in the new year? Babybel announced new versions of their iconic red wax-wrapped snacks—Babybel Plus+ Probiotic and Babybel Plus+ Vitamins—to introduce some balance into our cheese-heavy diets. Expect these convenient and delicious bites to hit shelves next month.
  • Scientists are currently studying a phenomenon we at culture will never understand: why some people are disgusted by cheese. There are some scientific and sociological explanations for this tragedy, but it’s a strange issue that still requires research. In the meantime, we’re happy to take any of these people’s leftovers.

Monica Petrucci

Monica is Culture's former Social Media Editor. Coming from a formaggio-obsessed Italian family, she was very excited to combine her passions for cheese and writing at Culture. She loves experimenting in the kitchen and pairing wine and cheese in her spare time.

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