The Cheese Grotto: A Home Aging Cave

Some of my favorite moments in this world have been inside cheese caves — like Willi Lehner’s hobbit-like cave built into a Wisconsin hillside at Bleu Mont Dairy or the labyrinthine Cellars of the Fort Saint Antoine in France, otherwise known as the “catherdral of Comté.” So, just imagine my delight when I learned that […]

Counter Culture Comes to Philadelphia

Cheese friends, this post contains an invitation to join the cheese community in Philadelphia later this month for a series of workshops hosted by Culture Cheese Magazine, one of my favorite sources of dairy inspo.  Whenever a new issue of Culture comes out, you can find me reading it over a hunk of cheese on my stoop. I […]

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 […]

Mike Geno’s Cheese Map

By now, you’ve heard me talk about my friend and neighbor Mike Geno, who paints cheese portraits. His studio is less than a mile from my house, and when I need a pick-me-up I wander over to bask in the light of his dairy-centric wall of food art. This week, I visited him to discuss […]

Scenes from Philadelphia’s Cheese Flashmob

This story needs few words. A city full of cheese lovers. A local bar with a beautiful patio and a cheese-loving owner. A few weeks of online word-spreading. All it takes is a couple of organizers (hat tip: Matt Buddah) and someone with a bunch of cheese boards (okay, I happen to have a few, […]