About Oregon Cheese Guild

August 17, 2011

This video was produced by Christine Hyatt, Current President of the American Cheese Society. You can visit her website by clicking here.

Thanks Christine for sharing this with us. 

Member, Association of Food Bloggers

Member, Association of Food Bloggers

One of our favorite cheese memories was hanging with the Cheese Swells last year in Seattle for the 2010 ACS Conference. Fortunately or unfortunately (looking at it from both sides), The Lady spent this year’s ACS Conference time in Denver opening a new Murray’s Cheese at the Glendale King Soopers.

On Friday, the ACS announced its 2011 cheese competition winners and the Pacific Northwest brought home the Best of Show for the second time in the past three years with Rogue River Blue. It was a bittersweet win for David Gremmels and Cary Bryant of Central Point, Oregon’s Rogue Creamery. The American Artisan Cheese World lost its Godfather, Ig Vella, this year and in the early 2000’s Ig sold Rogue Creamery to David and Cary… but only after teaching them to make cheese… Ig was a very wise man in so many ways but to require the men to learn the art was one of his wisest demands…

For a complete list of winners, please click here.

The list below is of partial winners; all of which The Lady and I have reviewed:

Best of Show: Rogue River Blue

2nd Place (Tie): Carr Valley’s Cave Aged Marisa


Winners in their respective categories:

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese’s Mascarpone (1st)

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery’s Mascarpone (3rd)

Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam (2nd)

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery’s Coupole (2nd)

Cypress Grove’s Humboldt Fog Grande (3rd)

Beecher’s Flagsheep (3rd)

Sartori’s Reserve BellaVitano Gold (3rd)

Tumalo Farm’s Rimrocker (2nd)

Sartori’s Limited Edition Pastorale Blend (3rd)

Beehive Cheese Company’s Barely Buzzed (1st)

Rogue Creamery’s Chocolate Stout Cheddar (3rd)

Beecher’s Marco Polo Reserve (1st)

Beecher’s Four Year Flagship (2nd)

Tillamook County Creamery Association’s Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar (3rd)

Beecher’s Flagship Reserve (3rd)

DCI Cheese Company’s Salemville Blue Cheese (2nd)

DCI Cheese Company’s Black River Gorgonzola (3rd)

Hook’s Cheese Company’s Little Boy Blue (1st)… Boy did The Lady and miss it on this one…

Emmi Roth USA’s Gran Queso (2nd)

BelGioioso’s Cheese’s Sharp Provolone Mandarino (3rd)

Sartori’s Sarvecchio Parmesan (1st)

BelGioioso’s Burrata (1st)

Sartori’s Reserve Black Pepper BellaVitano (1st)

Beecher’s Smoked Flagship (3rd)

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese’s Petit Frere Reserve (3rd)

Tumalo Farms’ Classico (1st)

Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery’s Crottin (3rd)

Sartori’s Reserve Merlot BellaVitano (3rd)

Vermont Butter and Cheese Company’s Crème Fraiche (1st)

Vermont Butter and Cheese Company’s Cultured Butter (3rd)

LaClare Farms Specialties’ Evalon (1st)

Uplands Cheese’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve (1st)

Consider Bardwell Farm’s Rupert (2nd)

Widmer’s Cheese Cellars’ Washed Rind Traditional Brick (3rd)


The Lady and I have at least 100 more cheeses to review and many of them won awards at this year’s ACS Competition including the following winners:

Tillamook County Creamery’s Monterey Jack; Tillamook County Creamery’s Colby; Carr Valley’s Cocoa Cardona; Carr Valley’s Cave Aged Mellage; Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery’s Cremont (including an ice cream using Cremont); Carr Valley’s Caso Bolo Mellage;Carr Valley’s Billy Blue; Rogue Creamery’s Echo Mountain; Cello Riserva Copper Kettle Parmesan; Sartori’s Reserve Espresso BellaVitano; Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy’s Green Chile Jack; Emmi Roth’s Rofumo; Spring Brook’s Tarentaise; Cypress Grove’s Purple Haze… stay tuned…


Up next on the blog (later today): Looking Back… Looking Forward: Cheesemonger’s Weblog Celebrates it’s Third Year Anniversary This Week… that’s a lot of blogging…

Do You Want To:

Work in the world’s best cheese shop?

Join the cheese revolution?

Become an expert cheesemonger?

Are You Ready to:

Work hard and learn something new?

Sample cheese from around the world?

Talk to customers, make them laugh and sell lots of cheese?

If you answered “Yes!!” to these questions;

You can work with Murray’s at Kroger.

We are looking for Murray’s Cheese Associates for Boulder, Colorado:

Cheese Master – Deadline to apply is August 19

Cheese Stewards – Deadline to apply is October 8

In Boulder, Murray’s Cheese Shops will open

in the following King Soopers/City Markets:

Store 33:

3600 Table Mesa Dr. Boulder, CO 80303

(303) 499-4004


Bob DiCroce or Deborah Unger

Store 61:

1650 30th St. Boulder, CO 80301

(303) 443-9622


Bill Light or Sharon Cade

Store 80:

995 S. Hover Street Longmont, CO 80501

(303) 702-0099


Dave Gabbert or Rhonda Lamach


Murray's Cheesemonger, Michael... being Michael...

We would love to see you in a Murray’s Cheese Shop…

Woohoo!! Our very own Cheesemonger Extraordinaire, Steve Jones, owner of Mt. Tabor’s Cheese Bar, out slung 39 other top cheesemongers from around the world to win the Second Annual Cheesemonger Invitational. Congratulations, Steve!! Portland couldn’t be prouder!!!


Photo Copyright 2011, Bob Galivan

For competition particulars, please see the official website.

by The American Cheese Society
Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 3:14PM EDT  

MONTREAL – Want a back stage pass to the biggest cheese show in North America? Then sign up to volunteer at the 2011 American Cheese Society’s 28th Annual Conference & Competition this August in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


With more than 1,650 artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheeses from Canada, U.S.A., and Mexico needing to be sorted, judged, sliced and served, volunteering at the annual ACS Conference & Competition provides a unique way to get an up-close-and-personal look, sniff and taste at hundreds of artisanal cheeses, many of them not available on a national retail level.


Volunteers who offer time to support the ACS Conference & Competition in Montréal between July 28 and August 6 not only earn a free t-shirt to show off to their cheese-geek friends (past years’ t-shirts have gained a cult following amongst cheese groupies) – volunteers also earn a free ticket ($85 value) to the fabulous Festival of Cheese on Saturday evening. The Festival features all cheeses entered in the ACS competition, as well as a wide array of accompanying foods, wine and beer.


Learn more and sign up to volunteer at http://www.cheesesociety.org/conference/volunteer or email volunteer@cheesesociety.org.


The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead, artisan, and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. Over 1,400 members strong, ACS provides advocacy, education, business development, and networking opportunities for cheesemakers, retailers, enthusiasts, and extended industry. ACS strives to continually raise the quality and availability of cheese in the Americas.


Source: The American Cheese Society

Trivia: That’s The Lady on the right in the above picture…






The Lady is swooning; The Man is swooning and even I, your more than simply cool to the core Feline Foodie, am swooning and we’re all wishing we could be at the second annual Cheesemonger Invitational this Friday, July 8th at 7pm. This event is sold out!!!

The Cheesemongers: 40 Cheesemonger from the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Australia will gather in a Long Island City, New York warehouse for a classic cheese-off. Among the challengers are our cheese friends Tim Gaddis of Star Provisions in Hot-lanta, Steve Jones of our Portland’s own Cheese Bar, Mejken “Mike” Poore of Beecher’s Handmade Cheese who gets to taste and be near my most favorite cheese, No Woman; the cheese that started me on this cheese blog journey and Affineur Extraordinaire of Murray’s Greenwich Village, Brian Ralph.


The Challenges: Round 1 is to a chance for the Cheesemongers to introduce themselves to the judges and the crowds; Round 2 will be the Taste Test where the Cheesemongers must blind test 6 pieces of cheese and determine milk type, origin, raw vs. pasteurized, category, age and name. This will be an elimination round for those who can’t “Cut the Cheese”… sorry…I couldn’t resist… in three years of hanging out at this blog, not once have I ever used that phrase; Round 3 will be cutting and wrapping and another elimination if you really can’t “Cut the Cheese” and Round 4 will be the ultimate pairing of one cheese and 2 elements for 11 judges to taste and then decide who will be Second Annual Cheesemonger.

 The Judges: Holy Smokes!!! Now this is one tough panel which includes our friends Allison Hooper of Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery and Mark Goldman of Formaticum.

The Prizes: $10,000 in cash and prizes for the three winners.

The Sponsors: The Crème de la Crème of the Cheese World – thanks to all for putting the event together!!!

Refreshments: Food by Fromageer, Tia Keenan and Beer by Sixpoint Brewery

For more information, please check out the Cheesemonger’s Invitational Website and their Facebook Page.

Interview with last year’s winner, Matt Rubiner.


Padam, Padam

Songs of passion. . .French cabaret music, klezmer, tangos, Latin and original music.

Updated June 12, 2011

Padam, Padam at the Cheese Kiosk

The Lady was there; I wish I had been there… it was a perfect day at the cheese kiosk. The Lady thanks Padam, Padam for performing and making a special day even more special!!!

How cool!! Portland’s own musical group, Padam, Padam, will perform a mini-concert from 2pm-3pm tomorrow, June 11th at Fred Meyer’s Hawthorne Store, the only Leed’s Certified Silver Grocery Store in Oregon. It’s all part of the specialty cheese kiosk’s “Locavore/Local” theme as the cheesemongers salute more than two dozen cheeses from local cheesemakers in Oregon and Washington State. They also are featuring other local fare that pairs well with the local cheeses, including Beer, Wine, Tea, Jams and Mustards.

There will be cheese samples as well… stop in and hear some great music and take home some local cheese.

Local cheesemakers include: Tillamook, Willamette Valley Cheese Company, Tumalo Farms, Appel Farms, Rogue Creamery and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.

The Lady will be there and if I can sneak in (another “No Pets Allowed” food joint… what’s up with that???), so will I, your not-so-humble Feline Foodie!!!

We love this cheese around the manse and reviewed it recently. You’ll love it, too. And finally it’s available in the U.S. Please contact Grand Prix Trading for more information. We also saw a blurb about this 2010 “Best New Cheese” while reading Culture Magazine yesterday.

After nineteen years, the USDA has updated the food pyramid with the new “My Plate”:

And here are their suggestions:

Balancing Calories
Enjoy your food, but eat less.
Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Make at least half your grains whole grains.
Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ― and choose the foods with lower numbers.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks.                   PDF

Jill Taylor Zoomorphic Cat*

The Lady and I like to check out incoming links to the blog to see who is writing about me or referring visitors my way.

Bedford Cheese Shop, which claims to be “The Best New Cheeseshop in Brooklyn, NY” (although according to its press page, it appears to have been around since at least 2003), wrote about Cougar Gold and in an article and made the following comment about moi:

“The person who writescheesemonger.wordpress.com even gave it “4 paws out of 4 paws (cause that’s all I got).” Despite the serious zoomorphic delusions going on here, that’s a pretty rave review.”


First of all, let me thank you for the referral to the blog… but I must correct your incorrect assessment of moi, your (not so humble) feline foodie…

According to the dictionary, the definition of “zoomorphic” is:

zo·o·mor·phism http://img.tfd.com/m/sound.swf (z-môrfzm)


1. Attribution of animal characteristics or qualities to a god.
2. Use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.
The “god” attribution is cool; but I suspect that the Bedford Cheeseshop humankind writing that sentence was referring more to definition #2.
… and that same humankind refers to me as a “person”…  While, it may be true that The Lady helps with the spelling (felines are notoriously poor spellers… what… we can’t be perfect at everything… just the important stuff…), I am 100% of the feline persuasion and deeply offended to be considered of the lowly humankind or “person” persuasion…
Sheesh… it’s a shame I even have to write this to correct none other than a humankind… I’d write more; but on this subject, let me add… that’s all I’ve got…
*The Zoomorphic cat shown above was created by Washington State Artist, Jill Taylor, whose work can be viewed and purchased by clicking here.