Andy Hatch of Uplands Cheese Inc with Pleasant Ridge Reserve
The American Cheese Society 2012 Conference is in full swing with over 1700 cheeses battling it out to be named the best of the best. While the judges tasted and tallied, we regular folks had the opportunity to get up close and personal with the talented cheesemakers. Below are just a few of the amazing cheeses represented here in Raleigh this week.
Lets start above with Wisconsin based Upland Cheese Inc.‘s talented young cheesemaker and multiple ACS winner (including snagging two awards this year) Andy Hatch, maker of Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve. Continue reading
When thinking about Ohio, specifically Portage County, cheese is not the first thing that comes to mind. Lush green pastures of the various farms, quaint small towns that appear frozen in time, and narrow dirt roads leading to who-knows-where dot this beautiful countryside. Yet dotted throughout the county are artisans yielding their craft and producing fresh, sweet, and often surprising goat’s milk cheese beyond compare. One such artisan is Jean Mackenzie, founder and President of Mackenzie Creamery in Hiram, Ohio. Continue reading
When I order cheese I usually ask the cheesemonger what’s new and interesting on the shelves. Since I do most of my ordering by phone or email I have to trust my mongers and take chances. Such was the case when I ordered Bleating Heart’s Lucky 13.
I had heard of Bleating Heart’s Fat Bottom Girl from Jeanne Carpenter of “Cheese Underground” and at the time, Seana Doughty (owner and cheese-maker of Bleating Heart) was only making the one cheese. Sadly, it was all sold out by the time word got around so the rest of us cheese lovers were expecting to have a long wait till the next batch arrived on the scene. Continue reading