When Sheryl Crow sang about drinking a beer at noon on Tuesday, we thought it was a great idea! Introducing Emily, our manager, monger and yoda in North Park, our little shop inside Bottlecraft Beer Shop & Tasting Room. She is our resident expert on beer and cheese pairings, willing to personally share her favorites and offer tips for your next party. She is joined by RobbyG, manager of our Academy of Cheese classes. I happen to be traveling in Jamaica and asked, "What cheese pairs with Red Stripe beer?" The answer, "Buffalo Soldier Mozzarella, naturally." Cheesy...
Venissimo's Del Mar manager Christine is a super fan of raw milk cheeses and shares facts, fictions, stats and information to help you understand the world of raw milk cheeses. We learned that only 15% of cheeses made in France today are made of raw milk. We also discovered that 32% of all the cheeses Venissimo has shared have been raw milk cheeses! To learn more, visit the Oldways Cheese Coalition, an organization dedicated to preserving the right to make and enjoy traditional raw milk cheeses. To show our support of raw milk, we are offering at 10% discount off all raw milk cheeses purchased at any of our neighborhood shops on Saturday, April 22, as part of Raw Milk Appreciation day #rawmilkcheese.
RobbyG, Venissimo's most senior cheese monger, launched Venissimo's Academy of Cheese (AoC, not to be confused with the AOC) in 2009 and is well-versed in the history of cheese naming, including what it means and what it protects. With so many cheeses on the market, how can one differentiate itself from another and truly capture the place from which it comes?
Venissimo's very own Jessica was recently crowned best cheese monger in the USA at the annual Cheese Monger Invitational. She was the first west-coast winner ever (by a very large margin, might we add). She shared her newly discovered love of something called rotational grazing, a method used at Sweet Grass Dairy in Georgia to ensure that the animals always have fresh grass to eat which in turn becomes delicious milk for cheese.
What does it take to earn this prestigious title? It takes practice, passion and dedication to win. But mostly, it takes saying, "Yes, I can do this!" A great lesson for anyone who aspires to something. You can learn more about Jess and see her passion at Monger Mold and Milk @mongermoldandmilk
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Gina Freize is the founder and Cheese Wiz of Venissimo Cheese and host of Noon on Tuesday, a blog series all about cheese all the time.