Affairs with Wisconsin Gruyere

A few weeks ago, my friend Mike Geno received an 18-pound wheel of Grand Cru Gruyère from Wisconsin in the mail. The American Cheese Society (ACS) had commissioned him to paint a series of award-winning cheeses, but after he finished the portrait, he was left to scratch his head. What does one do with a […]

A Champion Cheese Brunch

In America, there are three cheeses everyone wants to taste — they are the winners of this year’s American Cheese Society (ACS) Awards. Of course, no one can find all three at once because they are in such high demand. Only one man in the U.S. has a fridge full of them. That man is […]

Mike Geno Goes to ACS

Maybe you remember this mug? Maybe you’ve seen lush portraits of cheese gracing the pages of Culture Magazine or the New York Times? This is Mike Geno, a cheese painter in my neighborhood who has taken the world by storm. In the next few months, you’ll read about him in Cooking Light and Esquire (the Spanish version), but before […]

A Trip to Bobolink

Sunday is a good day for a cheese tour, and this past week I had the good fortune of riding out to Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse in Milford, New Jersey with my painter friend Mike Geno. The occasion: a chance spin in Geno’s new Honda. It is a car funded by cheese portraits. More on […]

We Made The New York Times

Back in 2011, I wrote my first post about Mike Geno, an artist in my neighborhood who wanted to paint cheese. I agreed to introduce him to some glorious wedges, and since then we have spent many afternoons “cheese browsing” at local shops around Philadelphia. We even co-hosted a private show and tasting for readers […]