Cheaters can win...

...if you use great ingredients!

 A delicious and quick entertaining appetizer.

A delicious and quick entertaining appetizer.

sweet and spicy Indian flavors with fresh chevré

This flavor combo can't be beat—it's a winning hors d'oeuvre at any bbq, including the one I was at on Memorial Day!  The fresh citrus flavor of Westfield Farms Capri log goat cheese is the perfect cooling agent for the sweet heat in Lyndigo Spice's Pineapple Chutney. (Lyndigo is made right here in Massachusetts!)

Place the goat cheese (I used a mix of fresh chevré and hickory smoked chevré from Westfield Farms in Massachusetts) on a platter topped with dollops of the chutney and a basket of crackers—it'll be nothing like mom's cream cheese and pepper jelly, we promise! Or for a more elegant display, fill mini pastry shells (don't worry, we've got them!) with the softened cheese and top with the chutney and freshly snipped chives.

-Sarah Jennings

What's so cool about the Cheese School?

You may have noticed that the School @ curds&co. has really taken off in the last couple months and we wanted to take a minute to tell you a little bit more about what we're doing here at 288 Washington St.

First, our mission at the school:

Make it accessible - remove barriers to learning and don't be intimidating

Make it fun - and do it by adding value. Your time is important, we won't waste it.

Make it memorable - create a lasting impression that is difficult to duplicate

Light a fire! - earn loyalty and build a desire to learn more!

We definitely have audacious goals but we want to be more than just your neighborhood cheese store. We want to be a place that your kids come for grilled cheese, your spouse comes for a surprise treat for you, you bring your visiting family to as something fun to do, and you meet here with your book club

More than anything we want you to eat more cheese, laugh more laughs, and end your day feeling fulfilled--mind, body and spirit.

So how do we do all that? What are our classes and events like?

First, we speak to you in your language. We don't assume you know anything but we also don't talk down to you. Second, we work tirelessly to find pairings and interesting ways for you to experience cheese and delectables. We don't put anything on a pedestal. We want you to walk out feeling like a food genius without having to do anything other than be open minded and interested.

We don't judge, badger, or belittle--instead we share, encourage and reward.

Your experience with a class will be one that you appreciate from the moment you arrive, we likely will have a full place setting set for you and chilled water waiting. We provide you with our fun but informational "sketch" handouts and we fill you with goodies.

So how do you sign up for a class or event? Come visit us in store or go to our events and classes page on our website here. Bring a friend or make a new one. You know where to find us!

 

CHEESE March Madness is HERE!

We're already to eat some cheese and have some fun!

Join us for our first annual CHEESE March Madness 

Here's how to play:

  1. Download the bracket sheet using button below
  2. Print it out
  3. Fill in who you think will win each battle and write that in the next spot. Do that for each round making sure to add the final winner in the middle.
  4. Bring us your filled out sheet, or email it to info@curdsandco.com by Midnight on March 15th.

Here's how it works:

  • The Sweet 16 will be determined by purchases in store.
  • The Elite 8 will be determined by tasting votes in store on March 16 and 17
  • The Final Four will be determined by tasting votes in store on March 23 and 24
  • The Final Two will be determined by tasting votes in store on March 30
  • The winner will be chosen by tasting votes in store on March 31 and announced on April 3rd with the winner.

Here's what you can win:

  • A foodie collection of gourmet foods (some not even in store yet!) 
  • Cheesemongers selection of delicious cheese
  • Curds&Co Cheese Vault
  • A free pass for one of our Cheese Centered or Wine Centered classes. (must redeem in store)

Meet the Maker-Walter Niklaus

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a man and his treasures

Meet Walter Niklaus, the cheesemaker

Part three of our Adopt-an-Alp adventure is a little bit about who makes the cheese and his team.

Walter Niklaus makes Alp Maran cheese, other cheeses, and butter as part of an award-winning team in Switzerland. 

Niklaus trained as a master cheesemaker and has been the head of the dairy Maran for just short of a decade and his time and patience with shows with the beautiful cheese he's made and the awards he's won. Most recently his Alp Maran cheese won Best in Show!

The dairy belongs to the community of Chur and the Farmers' Cooperative Chur is responsible for running the dairy. Niklaus works for them--at 1850+m above sea level.

Niklaus appreciates the ability to sell cheese directly to the nearby hotel and restaurant and also is able to export around 150 wheels of cheese to curd fans here in the states--including the 4 wheels of the Best in Show cheese that are coming here to Curds & Co.

So get ready to yodel and eat alp cheese--the next step in our adventure is our party, and you're all invited. Stay tuned for details!

Swiss and cheese,

the curds&co crew

 

Where for art thou, Alp Maran?

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Where in the world ... 

is Alp Maran?

In our last Adopt-an-Alp blog post, I promised to share where this lovely cheese heaven is located so we put together a short video for you.

I'm not sure there is a more beautiful place to eat grass and make milk but if I were a cow, this is where I'd like to be.

In our next blog, we'll not only tell you a little bit about the cheesemaker, but also about his obsession with holes. We'll also be telling you about a very, very special celebration we'll be having that you can join us for that will include a little Swiss fun, a wedge of our Maran Raclette, delicious pairings and fun tools you can use for eating it. There will be a limited number of tickets available for this event since our cheese supply is limited, so stay tuned!

Cowbells,

the curds&co. crew

 

Adopt an Alp is here!

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We've adopted an Alp!

Eh, a what??

Have you ever heard of Alp style cheese? 

Alpine cheese is quite simply cheese that is made in the Alps (Mountains). The cheesemakers take the cows up into the mountains during the summer months where the cows happily eat the beautiful grass and flowers that are grown during this short time. The practice is called transhumance and it involves the movement of people and animals according to the season. It can be a quiet solitary time up in the mountains milking the cows and making the cheese but it has been going on for centuries--and we get to benefit from the tasty creations made lovingly by the cheesemakers.

In support of these delicious cheeses we are participating in the Adopt an Alp program to help get more people to understand the tradition of Alpine cheese and get more people tasting the delicious wheels!

Curds and Co. has adopted Alp Maran which means we'll be sharing more information on them over the coming weeks both in store and online. We'll also be celebrating the arrival of 4 reserved wheels just for you, our customers. Stay tuned to find out more about our cheese and how you can reserve your own wedge of wonder.

In our next Adopt an Alp blog we'll be telling you more about where exactly our Alp is! Get your maps ready! 

raclette and fondue,

Jenn and the curds&co crew

Kicking Things Off

Welcome to our little piece of cheese heaven. We're excited to have you read our blog, come to our classes, and of course, visit our shop. We'll be using this blog to give you all sorts of interesting information. I hope you'll excuse us if we don't use it as a traditional marketing tool. We are here to teach you about cheese in a friendly and tasty way and we think that will speak for itself. So here you'll find interesting things we want to share with you, stories we've heard and more about what we're working on. 

We'll be back tracking shortly with some fun pictures and video of how this place came into being. We hope you'll enjoy seeing how we got here--but we'll also show you where we're headed. 

Stay tuned and thanks for the warm welcome!

Jenn