Cheese News November 2012

@@  Nancy Leson of the Seattle Times wrote a glowing piece recently about Meghan McKenna, cheesemaker at Washington's Mountain Lodge Farm. I recently visited the farm, tucked into the foothills of Mt. Rainier east of Tacoma, and I have to agree, this cheesemaker is one to watch! @@  Christine Hyatt has produced a series of outstanding videos about a number of Oregon's cheesemakers. Her latest covers Liz Alvis of Portland Creamery (see here).

@@ Now open in Portland - Clay Pigeon Winery and its associated wine bar, Cyril's at Clay Pigeon. This project is the brainchild of Sasha Davies and Michael Claypool; Sasha is well known in cheese circles as an expert cheesemonger and author of The Guide to West Coast Cheese and the new The Cheesemaker's Apprentice: An Insider's Guide to the Art and Craft of Homemade Artisan Cheese, among many other things. Michael and Sasha's Cheese by Hand project chronicled their 2006 trip across the country visiting dozens of artisan cheese makers.

@@  Bandon, Oregon used to be famous for its cheese factory. The factory struggled financially though, and in 2002 the Tillamook County Creamery Association purchased the factory, later closing it. Now plans are underway to revive the legacy of cheesemaking on the southern Oregon coast - Face Rock Creamery hopes to be open by Summer 2013.

@@  It's what they call "Cyber Monday," and don't forget that you can also order cheese online as well as iPads and Xboxes... A number of the Pacific Northwest's cheesemakers offer online ordering, including Rogue Creamery, Mt. Townsend CreameryBeecher's Handmade Cheese, Tumalo Farms, and Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese. You can also order cheese online from Oregon State University (the new Beaver Classic) and Washington State University (Cougar Gold plus several other styles). Other cheesemakers, including Little Brown Farm on Whidbey Island in Washington and Briar Rose Creamery in Oregon's wine country, host on-farm stores if you're in their area. Don't forget local cheese for the holidays!

@@  Speaking of Beecher's Handmade Cheese, word is that they're producing a new cow's milk cheese at the New York plant called Dutch Hollow Dulcet. I guess we can't really consider this a new Northwest cheese, since it's made from New York milk in a New York facility...can we?

Upcoming Cheese Events July/August 2010

Portland Oregon Cheese Events Tonight (July 20th):

Rogue Ales in Portland welcomes esteemed beer writer Fred Eckhardt for his 19th Annual Beer and Cheese pairing and tasting event. Starts at 5:00pm at the Flanders pub; tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call ahead to reserve: 503-222-5910.

Two great events this Saturday July 24th:

Cascadia Cheese Festival at Madison Market in Seattle. From 11-3pm, stop by and visit cheesemakers from Kurtwood Farms, Larkhaven Farm, Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese and more! Try lots of new and different cheeses and enter to win two tickets to the American Cheese Society's signature event - the Festival of Cheese on August 28th (a $70 value!).

Also this Saturday, Tumalo Farms in Bend, OR will be holding an open house. From 11am-4pm, you can visit the farm, take farm tours and taste a range of great cheeses including the brand new Jewel, a bloomy rinded cheese. Sign up on the website for a $10 guided tasting including small plates using the farm's cheeses, paired with local wines and beers.

And a little foreshadowing of things to come in August:

Don't miss the third Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival in Whistler, BC on August 14th....also coming up soon is the American Cheese Society Conference August 25th-28th in Seattle!