Fall Festival of Cheese

The Fall Festival of Cheese is here!

Carefully sourced and curated, our House Cheese offerings are exceptional variations of the cheeses every household should have on hand. From exquisite aged cheddar and gruyere to Parmagiano Reggiano, feta and others, our expert Cheesemongers take extra care and attention when selecting our House Cheeses to provide exceptional flavor, texture and value.

Oct. 22 – Nov. 4 Cave-Aged Gruyere

Our Cave-Aged Gruyere has been made in the same location since 1115.  It is matured for several months in natural sandstone caves benefiting from extremely constant temperature and humidity.  The caves are critical in the production and aging of this cheese. If the humidity is too low, the wheels will dry out.  If it is too high, the cheese gets soggy.  If the temperature is too cold it will mature slower and the texture will get dry and crumbly.  If the temperature is just a bit higher, it will spoil. Perfect climate management creates ideally aged Gruyere with the depth of flavor and texture we desire.

The AOC designation requires that all milk used in the cheese be traceable, produced within 12 miles of the creamery, used with 18 hours of milking, with no silage, preservatives or growth hormones. In accordance, our House Gruyere is made with only raw, unpasteurized milk from Holstein cows to retain aroma and flavor derived from naturally foraged grass and hay.

Product Care:
Store this cheese between 35 and 41F in the refrigerator. However, serving cheese cold mutes its flavor and aroma. Allow to warm to room temperature before serving for optimal flavor.

Pairings:
Hazelnuts, Honey, Prosciutto or Onion Jam. Pilsners and Helles, Cava, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc.

Producer:
Mifroma

Sampling:
Friday, 10/22, and Saturday, 10/23, 1-4 pm

Parmigiano Reggiano

Our Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the world’s best examples of this prized cheese. It is made with milk from four small, family owned, dairies. It takes approximately 15 gallons of fresh milk to produce each wheel. Parmigiano is big business, most producers making hundreds of wheels a day. Maestri, makes only 36 handcrafted wheels a day and ages them 24 months, twice as long as required to receive PDO status.

Parmigiano Reggiano is one of the most imitated cheeses in the world and as a result, it has become increasingly regulated and protected. The name “Parmigiano Reggiano” comes with many strict rules about how and where the cheese can be made. To be sold as Parmigiano Reggiano, it has to be made in the Reggio Emilia, Parma, Modena and Mantua regions of Italy. It must be made with raw cow’s milk from cows only being fed grass with no silage, or other fillers. And, it must be aged for a minimum of 12 months.

Product Care:
Due to extended aging, this cheese can last a long time if you treat it properly. Tightly wrapped, a piece of Parmigiano will last up to a month in your refrigerator.

Pairings:
Apricot, Cherries, Walnuts, Castelvetranos olives, Gamay or Pinot Grigio.

Producer:
Maestri Del Re

3-Year Aged Cheddar

Our House Cheddar is part of the Tillamook reserve aging program. We have identified the 3-year mark as the sweet spot between everyday snackability and flavor complexity. This is the ultimate workhorse cheese; it’s a great snack, holds its own on a spendy cheese board and melts well to led depth and complexity to your favorite cheesy dish.

Since its founding over 100 years ago, Tillamook cheddars have become ubiquitous across the country due to their exceptional quality. Quality starts with the cows and Tillamook gets their milk from a farmer-owned and farmer led dairy collective, the Tillamook County Creamery Association. The association holds high benchmarks for the milk’s somatic cell count, a key indicator in a cow’s health. Another key standard is high butter fat that brings a more unctuous richness to young cheese and unrivaled depth in aged versions.

Product Care:
Store this cheese between 35 and 41F in the refrigerator. However, serving cheese cold mutes its flavor and aroma. Allow to warm to room temperature before serving for optimal flavor.

Pairings:
Cider, Almonds, Dried Cherries and Prosecco

Producer:
Tillamook Creamery

House Brie

House Double Crème Brie
Our house double crème brie is luscious and creamy with a snow-white, pillowy rind. Spread over crackers with your favorite preserve or use in homemade Jambon-Beurre sandwiches.

House Blue

House Blue Cheese
This award-winning, mild, double crème blue from Wisconsin is perfect for crumbling over a salad or melting over a steak, fresh off the grill.

House Chevre

House Chévre
This fresh and spreadable goat cheese is a great way to liven up salads and pizza or enjoy with crackers and your favorite preserves.

House Feta

House Feta
Our house feta comes from sheep that graze near the Mediterranean Sea in Southern France. It is incredibly rich and lightly tangy, perfect for topping fresh and vibrant dishes.

House Cheddar

House 18 Month Cheddar
We hand-selected our 18-Month AA-Grade Wisconsin house cheddar to be your ideal, everyday cheese. Perfect for homemade mac & cheese or just a snack.