Leslie Uhl’s Grate Escape

I used to love getting cheese advice from a cheesemonger named Leslie Uhl, who worked at Di Bruno Bros. Leslie had a glittering personality and a taste for unusual pairings; she once handed me a nibble of Gorgonzola topped with raspberry-chocolate jam and crushed coffee beans. It was brilliant. Last summer, she quit her job to […]

Champion Cheesemonger Emily Acosta

Here’s a telling sign about the popularity of cheese in America: cheesemongering has become an Olympic sport. Well, almost. Every summer, the folks who work behind cheese counters gather for The Cheesemonger Invitational. It’s where muscle meets Manchego. For one grueling evening, they compete for the title of champion cheesemonger. To win, a monger must […]

Farewell, Paul Lawler

Every city needs a local cheese impresario. In Philadelphia, that person has been Paul Lawler. His bearded mug has been hovering around the Fair Food Farmstand in Reading Terminal Market for as long as I’ve written this blog (3 years), helping eaters connect to local Bries, blues, and goat cheese. When he finishes his last shift […]