I just spent two weeks in Paris getting to know French fromage from our friends at Fromagerie Beillevaire. This family started years ago hand-churning butter in wooden barrels for sale at their local market. They have since grown into an empire with a half dozen specialized creameries and 15 cheese shops in Paris alone. Fabrice, son of famed maker and affineur Pascal, hosted us in one of their shops to educate us about the state of fromage in France. The best news? They recently partnered with one of the original AOC Camembert cheese makers to ensure that the world will always get to enjoy the real deal. Camembert shall live!
Cheese Wiz Gina is in Paris to seek out new cheese while champion monger Jessica is in the studio sharing stories about her recent trip to London and a mini-internship at Neal's Yard Dairy. Neal's Yard opened its first location in Covent Garden in 1979 and named itself as such in honor of a nearby garden park. They are dedicated to finding the finest cheeses in the United Kingdom and Ireland and sharing them with the world. Jessica participated in one of their weekly cheese maker visits and was put hard to work in the aging caves, turning and brushing to ensure that each and every cheeses ages properly. Oh, and she of course had to taste, taste and taste again as part of quality control. New hand-selected cheeses will arrive at Venissimo Mission Hills in the fall!
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Gina Freize is the founder and Cheese Wiz of Venissimo Cheese and host of Noon on Tuesday, a weekly podcast all about cheese, all the time.