Miranda discusses her cheese club and her passion for cheese in an interview with CBS-Affiliate KOLN’s own Lance Schwartz. Please click on the link below to see this charming interview:

Lance’s Journal: The Cheesiest Club in Nebraska, Sept. 27.

The Lady and I have taken the cheese plunge and are about to unveil a full-service website that for some unknown and inexplicable reason is being named after The Lady rather than moi, your humble Feline Foodie, Spaulding Gray, who does all the heavy lifting around here while The Lady takes all the glory… one more time…

Please visit the website by clicking here.

Until construction is complete, we will continue to blog here and at our recipe blog… especially while The Lady is in Italy at the Bra Cheese Festival hanging out with the Cheese Swells and I am, once again, left behind to wrangle The Man… I just don’t get it… I think it all has to do with that opposable thumb thing…

I’ve been peeking and Troy, the IT genius behind the new website, is doing a bang-up job getting it ready… Stay Tuned…

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Murray’s Cheese is coming to the Kroger in Aiken, South Carolina. If you are a Foodie or know a Foodie who lives in the Aiken area, please have them contact Don Routman and apply to become a Murray’s Cheesemonger!!

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Rogue Creamery

(By clicking on the above picture, you will be able to view a slideshow of the entire trip.)

The Lady was invited to join six winning Fred Meyer Cheesemongers and two fine Ladies from DPI to make cheese at Rogue Creamery.

The winners were chosen based on their sales of Rogue Blue Cheeses at their kiosks and their merchandising abilities.

The trip began with a five-course dinner with Rogue Creamery Owners, David Gremmels and Cary Bryant, who graciously welcomed the group to their hillside home. Each course featured a different Rogue Cheese with Cary preparing several of the dishes including a wonderful, savory creme brulee that started the meal. The cheese course included the latest Rogue creation, Flora Nelle, a marvelous blue named after Cary and David’s Grandmothers. (The Lady brought home a wedge and we will be reviewing it soon…)

After an overnight stay at the Wine Country Inn in Jacksonville, Oregon, the Fred Meyer mongers traveled to Central Point and the cheesemaking facility of Award-Winning Rogue cheeses, including the 2011 Best of Show at the American Cheese Society Competition, Rogue River Blue. There, Cary, David and head cheesemakers, Craig and Jason, worked with the winners to make two vats of cheese:  Tou Velle and Oregon Blue. After aging, these cheeses will be sold exclusively at Fred Meyer Cheese Kiosks in early 2012. The Fred Meyer group learned they were the first group invited to make cheese at the Creamery – what an honor!!!

Shawn, a member of the Rogue family, led the group trough a Rogue Cheese Plate, a sack lunch was enjoyed and then the group headed out to tour the two sustainable dairy farms that provide the milk to Rogue Creamery.

Rogue Creamery is a leader in sustainable farming and cheesemaking, having been certified by Food Alliance, Oregon’s Tilth and Steritech. The guys shared with The Lady their choice of “sustainable” over “organic” (although they do make a couple of organic cheeses). Simply put, sustainable farming treats animals more humane than organic. With organic dairy farming, if an animal becomes sick, it is destroyed. Sustainable dairy farming allows treatment of the animal, pulling it from production until all antibiotics are out of the milk. As Cary said, “When I get sick, I take medicine; the doctor doesn’t put me down.” As an animal of the feline persuasion, all I can say is, “Whee… thank goodness for sustainability around the manse.”

They encourage recycling and energy conservation both at the Creamery and home. The Creamery is powered 100% in the summer by solar panels (which also provide about 30% during the winter); they recycle everything that can be recycled. If an employee rides a bike to work 45 times in a year, Rogue gives them a top-of-the-line bike. They pay bonuses for carpooling, biking and using public transportation. It’s amazing and it’s beyond admirable…

After touring the dairies, it was time to play and the group headed to Grants’ Pass and a four-hour dinner tour up the Rogue River on Hellgate Excursions jet boats. Eighteen miles up the river, they stopped for a BBQ dinner at the OK Corral. Both up and down the river, the boat pilots treated the group to maneuvers that resulted in lots of wet clothes and gleeful screaming. They saw many osprey and two eagles on the adventure.

The next morning The Ladies stopped at the Rogue Gift Shop and loaded up  on cheese, wines and cheese pairings and headed back to reality…

The Lady asked that I make sure everyone at Rogue Creamery understands how special this opportunity was… so here’s a shout out to: David, cary, Sonja, Mimi, Chelsea, Meredith, Craig, Francis, Jason, Tom, Sue, Lacey, Shawn, Delmer, Holly, Huck, Andy, Gabe and Marcela, Brandon, MacKenzie and baby Mason… and the cheesemakers whose names she failed to get… it is a time that will not be forgotten…

Now for a final note… I’d like to bring it to each of my faithful reader’s attention that one more time, The Lady was hanging out with The Cheese Swells and I was left back at the manse with The Man… I have got to have a long conversation with The Brain about the balance of power around here… I’m in charge… although with The Lady off galavanting you’d never know it… and the biggest galavant to date is just 10 days away… The Lady leaves on the 13th to attend the Slow Food Cheese Festival in Bra, Italy and work as a monger at the American Cheese Booth with Cheese Swells from Rogue Creamery, Cow Girl Creamery, Vermont Butter Creamery, Jasper Hills Farm, Uplands Cheese Company, Cypress Grove, Kroger, Murray’s Cheese and AFI… there just is no justice…

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Sir Kitty Cheese Paws

September 1, 2011

Sir Kitty Cheese Paws Dictates to The Lady

The Lady and I have a new Cheesy Friend, Miranda, who is a Cheese Steward at a Baker’s in Omaha, Nebraska. She saw The Lady’s picture (hey, where’s the picture of The Cat????) and our mention in the new Fall Issue of Culture Magazine and dropped us a line via the Kroger pipeline.

Miranda hosts a monthly Cheese Club at her cheese shop in the Baker’s store and we will be posting information on those events so that all you Cheese Nerds in Omaha can attend and taste some great cheeses that are paired “purrfectly”…

Miranda, evidently a nicknamer by nature, has bestowed on moi a new moniker… from this day forward The Lady and The Man are hereby requested to refer to me only as… Sir Kitty Cheese Paws

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Fall 2011 Culture Magazine

August 28, 2011

The Lady and I subscribe to Culture Magazine, the top-selling magazine dedicated solely to the slow food closest to our hearts: cheese, glorious cheese!! The fall issue mentions The Lady and moi, your not-so-humble Feline Foodie… please buy a copy and read the latest news about “Milk’s leap to mortality”.

Also, on page 107 there is a picture of two of the important players in making cheese for Rogue Creamery: one is a gentle animal who gives more than takes from the earth… and the other is a cow…

Please subscribe to Culture Magazine by clicking here. You can “like Culture” on Facebook and follow Culture on twitter…

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Murray’s Cheese is opening three stores in Denver area

King Soopers and City Market – Glendale/Leetsdale cheese shop is already up and running.

They are currently seeking to “cast” additional candidates in the “role” of

cheese associates

at these stores.

If you have always dreamed of working in a cheese shop

or you know someone

with an outgoing, enthusiastic personality

who adores customer engagement and cheese,

this would be a great role to apply for!

Contact:

Kristin Harrison, Human Resources

King Soopers/City Markets

303 778 2782

Store Locations:

Store 124

4600 Leetsdale Drive

Glendale, CO 80246

 

Store 96

6000 So. Holly Street 

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

 

Store 72

2750 S. Colorado Blvd. 

Denver, CO 80222