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The Cheese Shop Series: Fairfield & Greenwich Cheese Co
Opening a cheese shop is no easy feat, but once you get past the initial opening, you have the challenge of keeping the doors open. In this episode, we check in with Laura Downey from Fairfield & Greenwich Cheese Company about some of the strategies they've employed to keep the lights on and make the shop a valued part of the community.
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8. The Industry Series: Erika Kubick41:24Social Media has helped us connect in entirely new ways, and Erika Kubick is out here doing Cheesus' work by preaching the word of curd to the masses. Author, IG baddie, and cheese educator, there isn't much Erika can't do, but we chat about the pitfalls of living your life online and the lack of money that entails if you want to stay true to your creative vision.Find Erika here: https://www.cheesesexdeath.com/Find the black garlic honey mentioned in the episode here: https://www.eatblackgarlic.com/shop/black-garlic-infused-honey
7. The Cheese Shop Series: Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery45:55While we've lost some big-name cheese shops over the last couple of years, we've added some new flavors to the roster. One of the cheese show's new stars is Agnes Cheesery and Restaurant in Pasadena, California.Vanessa and Thomas Tilaka Kalb, two professionally trained chefs who love cheese, opened this venture in 2021 but started the process in 2018. We chat about everything it took to open it in an uncertain time.Find the shop and restaurant here: https://www.agnesla.com/
5. The Cheesemonger Series: Rachael Lucas50:37Rachael Lucas has been hustling hard in the Seattle cheese world to create her perfect cheese job. She's built relationships in the wine world, leading to her current hyper-fixation and a perfect blend of passions. From cheese classes to small cases in wineries' tasting rooms, she's trying, and succeeding at solidifying her place. Find Rachael at https://cheeseladyloveswinellc.com/IG: @cheeseladyloveswineseattle
4. The Cheeseletes: Back In The Vat Grant46:00The passionate, hard-working people that brought you a 5k during the middle of a cheese conference are back with more tricks under their sweatbands! They've added some friends and created grants geared towards cheese professionals to get experiences at some of the best in the biz. The deadline to apply for these grants is right around the corner on February 28th, 2023, so now is the time for the last push!Apply here: thecheeseletes.org Questions/Sponsorship Opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.orgFind The Cheeseletes on IG @thecheeseletes
3. The Cheese Shop Series: Lady and Larder55:55How does a small cheese shop compete in this current space of instant gratification? With heart, enthusiasm, and passion, of course!You can find all that and brightly colored aesthetic at Lady and Larder in Santa Monica, California. Created by twin sisters Sarah and Boo Simms, this small but mighty shop feeds celebrities and local cheese lovers. Sarah's energy will excite you for your next trip to the cheese shop.IG @ladyandlarderWebsite https://www.ladyandlarder.com/Sarah also mentioned working with the Cheese Culture Coalition, and you should check out their work.https://cheeseculturecoalition.org/
2. The Industry Series: Alexandra Jones52:34If you are in or near the Philly cheese scene, then Alexandra Jones is a name you know well, but even if you live on the other side of the country, her food writing has likely informed your ideas about cheese. From Culture magazine to Modern Farmer, Alex has bylines that range in topics about cheese and agriculture. She's taking a more personal approach by starting her own newsletter over at Milkfed.Here's where else you can find Alex and all of her work:IG: https://www.instagram.com/arockjonestown/Website: https://www.alexandrajones.net/Collective Creamery: https://www.collectivecreamery.com/Stuff Every Cheese Lover Should Know: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/646054/stuff-every-cheese-lover-should-know-by-alexandra-jones/
1. Barnyard Language01:07:30Caite Palmer and Arlene Hunter have created a podcast to talk about being farm parents, and they join me to give a snippet of the topics they delve into on their show. We discuss the trauma of pregnancy and childbirth, the grief of giving up pieces of your life to raise children, and the differences between the US and Canadian systems. Don't worry; we also talk about the joys of raising farm kids too. To hear more of Caite and Arlene, find Barnyard LAnguage wherever you get your podcasts and follow them on IG @barnyardlanguage
17. The Industry Series: Mary Casella38:55The role of women in cheesemaking is a storied one with a rich history that spans centuries, but too often, it gets told in sidebar paragraphs in cheese books. Mary Casella is looking to change that. As the first recipient of the Daphne Zepos Research Award, she dug deep into the history of women cheesemaking, and she presented her findings through the stories of three women at the American Cheese Society annual conference. We talk about that research and gush a bit about the wonderful women that make up the cheese industry. If you missed her presentation in Portland, keep an eye out on the DZTE social channels to sign up for the next time she is presenting. https://www.dzte.org/IG: @dzte2022Follow Mary on IG: @mlkbtchPhoto of Mary by Al PomperFind me on IG: @the_mobile_monger