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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Coming Up: The Fancy Food Show

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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Get your pinkies ready San Francisco, because it’s time for the annual Winter Fancy Food Show.

Sunday, Jan. 17 kicks off the first of three days where attendees can explore over 80,000 specialty food products from 1,400 vendors, making the free samples at Costco look like child's play. Seventeen days should be long enough to comfortably convert any new year’s resolution-related weight goals into fancy food goals, including (but not limited to) “eat more fancy foods by the end of 2016.”

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nextdoor's Free Cheese Offer Sparks Lengthy, Heated Debate

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 11:30 AM

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If you were concerned about the state of San Francisco’s personality becoming diluted and boring, look no further than a Nextdoor post about spoiled cheese from November 14 for assurance that this city is more itself than ever.

It’s a wild ride from start to finish.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Sharpening Up Your Cheese Smarts at Say Cheese

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 11:16 AM

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While “Creative Director” is a pretty cool title to have, we’re also really into “Hunter-Gatherer,” (as employed by Smitten Ice Cream). But “Lead Monger” is pretty damn good, too. Steve Wooten is Say Cheese’s Buyer and Lead Monger, and he’s been leading some monthly cheese classes at the Cole Valley shop’s sister café, Reverie.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pt. Reyes Station Farmers Market Returns June 27, With Cowgirl Creamery!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Peggy Smith and Sue Conley - COWGIRL CREAMERY
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  • Peggy Smith and Sue Conley

Because we can never get enough farmers markets during the peak season, we’re excited to learn that Point Reyes Station’s market will be returning Saturday, June 27. The only all-organic, all-local produce market in the Bay Area, it runs until early November, keeping the heavy tourist traffic on Highway One satisfied, fog or no fog.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Foodie Field Trip: Rockridge’s Market Hall

Posted By on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Hop on BART in the Mission and it’s just a $4 fare to get to Rockridge, a sunny slice of Oakland just south of Berkeley. As you pull into the station, you can see the roof of Rockridge Market Hall on the main drag, College Avene. It’s a hive of activity, and a destination for people who love food: stores within sell coffee, baked goods, fresh produce, wine, meat, and fish.

In the center of it all is The Pasta Shop, a place where specialty foods of every kind share space with prepared foods, fresh pasta, and a swoon-worthy cheese counter. Still going strong after twenty-seven years in business, The Pasta Shop has succeeded by offering the best ingredients – often produced by smaller companies – all in one place.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

La Fromagerie Drops in Dogpatch

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

  • Mary Ladd

Stroll, shop, repeat: with La Fromagerie moving into the same 'hood as Mr. and Miscellaneous, Poco Dolce and Little Nib, this increasingly morphing Third Street area is becoming an easy stop for gourmet goods. It's easy to get cheesy at La Fromagerie, which is housed in a light, sweet spot. The petite sized store from French Alps native Ruben Donze offers cheese of the European and domestic variety, charcuterie, escargots, fruity jams, Firebrand artisan bread and truffle mousse ($5.99).

See also:

- Two Cheese Plates That Educate

- Frog Hollow Pears and Bellwether Carmody Cheese: Best Hostess Gift Ever?

- Watch Talking Goats Dressed as Elves Sell California Goat Cheese

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Tonight: Try Dessert First at Mission Cheese

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Mission Cheese. - FLICKR/JEN.RIZZO

Dessert First: Night Cheese Volume 7

Where: Mission Cheese, 736 Valencia (at 18th St.),

When: Mon., Nov. 25, 6 p.m.

Cost: $45 (purchase in advance via Brown Paper Tickets)

The rundown: The seventh installment of Mission Cheese's occasional evening events is certainly the sweetest. And while cheese as a culture (sorry) in general has numerous virtues as a whole to extol, one shining example is that its versatility is appropriate both for a meal's beginning and end.

See Also:

- Two Cheese Plates That Educate

- Burrata and Hand-Pulled Mozzarella Are Not Cheesy Trends

- Dandelion Chocolate: Now Open

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Burrata and Hand-Pulled Mozzarella Are Not Cheesy Trends

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Burrata and frybread at State Bird Provisions. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Burrata and frybread at State Bird Provisions.

Cracking into the year's umpteenth portion of burrata (fresh cheese made of mozzarella and cream), this time over frybread at State Bird Provisions the other night, and a trendy thought occurred. Like sliders or tacos, burrata has officially achieved near-ubiquity on San Francisco menus. But unlike those dishes, burrata's omnipresence is a most welcome wave, and we've yet to find a version around these parts that is not competent. Drape it over meatballs, in sandwiches, pasta, or bread, or just plop it on the plate -- and we're gonna come a-calling.

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- Turns Out a Giant Meatball Topped With Burrata Is 100 Percent Delicious

- The Corner Store's Fried Green Tomato Sandwich Makes a Cal-Southern Spectacle

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Two Cheese Plates That Educate

Posted By on Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:15 AM

California flight at Mission Cheese. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • California flight at Mission Cheese.

Eating cheese in San Francisco can be more than just an exercise in indulgence, as we've learned from two recent meals designed to offer a crash course in the, um, culture of cheese through exploring commonalities as well as differences.

Mission Cheese offers flights ($12) of three cheeses that are divided by region; current options include California, Midwest, Vermont, and "Monger's Choice." The flights are accompanied by crostini, pickled vegetables, and fruit (apple or fig). The selections change daily, so there's always an opportunity to learn about new varieties. When it is brought to the table, you'll get some passionate descriptions akin to the recommendations behind the cheese counter at Rainbow Grocery (or in front of the CDs at Amoeba Music, to make a non-edible comparison).

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Central Coast Creamery: Taste-Testing Paso Robles' (and SFO's) Surprise Cheeses

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM


Most airports continue to ignore the obvious truth that the feet that flow through their halls are connected to hungry people with both cash and palates -- and little interest in airports' plebeian gruel and fast-food fare. Fortunately, SFO has taken the bold step with the new Terminal 2 of actually having great food, even great packaged food. I spent a half hour wandering the aisles and saw many familiar labels from posts past, and even found a few new ones, including an artisan Cheese Company from Paso Robles.

I remember Paso Robles when the only entertainment was a karaoke machine that moved from bar to bar depending on the night, and the Paso Robles Inn -- your only real place to stay, there -- stretched the meaning of the term "Inn." Today Paso has an upgraded Inn and several high end competitors, plenty of restaurants, several of which are quite good, an array of wines well worth drinking, and a growing community of artisan retailers and producers, so cheese had to come along eventually.

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