There was a bit of initial confusion. What would we call “the new space?”
Until recently, “the new space” was how we referred to our new warehouse and classroom facility in West Cambridge. Several names were bandied about in the shop, including FKO (in longform – Formaggio Kitchen Online), Formaggio Kitchen Mail Order, even Le Nouvel Espace, in keeping with our European roots. Eventually, however, FKA (Formaggio Kitchen Annex) or, as staff have come to style it, simply “The Annex,” won out.
Staff gathering at “The Annex” (before it’s all set up!)
The Annex will accommodate our growing demand for classes and events, and allow us to further develop our mail order business. Continue Reading »
Julie makes a variety of fresh, cured and cooked charcuterie for our shop. We sell them throughout the year, but her recipes vary as the seasons change. We sell her bacon, pancetta, fresh sausages, rillettes and pates along with a number of other specialty items.
Almost every Sunday evening at Formaggio Kitchen, we hold a class. Most of our classes somehow involve cheese, even if that’s not the headline topic for the evening. Classes range from Cheese 101 (always a sell out!) to classes that focus on subjects such as Piedmontese wines, American beers, pizza making or barbecuing!
Our destination was the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival, a gathering of about 50 local cheesemakers, 30 breweries and wineries, and a host of other food artisans making everything from mustard to nougat. The event, in its second year, was held last Sunday at the breathtakingly lovely Shelburne Farms estate outside of Burlington, and this year we organized a bus to bring our customers to the festival — a first-of-its-kind trip for Formaggio Kitchen.
During BBQ season here at the shop (March-October), when I work in the bakery on Saturdays, I get the benefit of Eric’s company for a brief while in the morning as he puts the finishing touches on his BBQ. Saturdays find him baking off cornbread, roasting the chickens and finishing off ribs.
On Thursday mornings, if I am coming into work at just the right time and the wind is blowing in the right direction, I can sometimes smell our cinnamon bread from up to a block away! Cinnamon bread is baked fresh every Thursday and Saturday at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge.