Congratulations to the cheesemonger team at DeLaurenti's in Seattle! They're the winners of the American Cheese Society's 2010 Merchandising Competition, announced today. This was a pretty intense four part contest that included case design, wrapping, grilling by judges posing as customers, and a presentation on a specific cheese. Teams from all over the country competed in this event. It's worth mentioning that this is the second year in a row the prize was taken by a team from the Pacific Northwest (last year's winner was Team Oregon - Steve Jones of Cheese Bar and Tom Van Voorhees of Rogue Creamery).
Will the Northwest continue this pattern of domination in future years? Tune in next year at the 2011 competition, which will be held at the next annual conference in Montreal, Quebec.