Champion Cheesemonger Emily Acosta

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 […]

Tips for a Late Summer Cheese Picnic

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  Part II of a seasonal collaboration with illustrator Johanna Kindvall: Summer is the season to eat cheese in the wild. In June, Johanna and I both spent time in southern Italy, albeit separately, enjoying durable cheeses on picnic blankets (see her post on the subject). We both agree: what is lovelier than eating Pecorino in a pasture […]

To Puglia, With Gratitude

Pecorino Picnic

Yes, dear readers, I have returned from my cheese odyssey — with a confession. Although I carried my laptop across an ocean, I only opened it once. And though I planned to post about Puglia and the workshops that brought a number of you with me to Italy’s “boot heel,” well, what can I say? […]

Madame Fromage Goes to Puglia

Messors Dinner by the Sea

Remember back in October when I floated the kooky idea of leading a digital storytelling workshop in Puglia with my friend Aimee Knight? Well, darlings, my valise is packed. Flight leaves tonight. Thanks to you, the first Live Cultures workshop filled. Then, we filled a second. We plan to Intstagram our journey. Here’s how to follow […]

Come on a Cheddar Odyssey!

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If you’ve ever wanted to travel to cheddar country and stay in a manor house, get out your duffel. In late September, I’ll be off to Somerset, England for a week-long cheddar tour centered around traditional British cheese and drink. Here’s the best part: four of the six nights, we’ll stay at North Cadbury Court, the […]