I recently had the opportunity to attend a small festival of food producers in the Extremadura region of Spain with fellow food buyers representing small shops as well as large distributors from around the world. I had never been to Spain before and was thrilled to be able to visit a country with such a Continue Reading »
One of the great perks of working at Formaggio Kitchen is the opportunity to travel around the world in search of delicious foods. Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal, owners of the Formaggio Kitchen family of shops, feel strongly that being on the ground to meet with farmers, affineurs and food producers is the best way to Continue Reading »
Last month, I had the great opportunity to join two co-workers in a pilgrimage to the Cellars at Jasper Hill in Greensboro, Vermont. In previous posts, my colleagues have described the merits of Jasper Hill as the home of award-winning cheeses like Winnimere, as well as an innovative model for sustainable small-scale cheese production. Rather Continue Reading »
We knew it would be a fast trip, and the time spent waiting for our flight in the Newark airport did not make it any easier. Switzerland was calling and we could not have been any more prepared (and less ready) for what we were going to experience. We landed in Geneva and made haste Continue Reading »
Four years ago, when I first moved from New York to the Boston-area, I can only describe it as a collision of worlds. Although the change of pace is less noticeable for some, it took me extra time to adjust to the relatively gentle mobility of Beantown as compared to that of the Big Apple. Continue Reading »
It was the perfect day yesterday at Shelburne Farms for the 5th annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival. Forty plus cheesemakers from around the state of Vermont, as well as a few from New Hampshire and Massachusetts, gathered for an afternoon of tasting and talking – and, happily, we did a lot of both! Tripp, Meredith, Kyra, Continue Reading »
This image sets the stage for our visit to the region surrounding Castelmagno. We came upon Santuario di San Magno, in the Valle Grana as we drove up and up and up into the alps of Castelmagno where we were surrounded by heavy fog and cool air that gave a mystical feel to the place, Continue Reading »
In the glinting dawn sunlight at the Madrid airport, Ihsan made his perennial toast: “Here’s to a great trip, baby!” Valerie and I raised our glasses of bubbling cava, and with a clink and a final sip, we were off. Our final destination after this layover was Bra, a city in Italy’s Piedmont region, where Continue Reading »
Colleagues and I recently had the opportunity to visit cheesemakers at several farms in Vermont: Consider Bardwell, Blue Ledge and Twig Farm.
Switzerland was our focus. Leaving France behind, we arrived in Villeneuve on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac du Monde) to meet with Bernard. Immediately, we were swept up and driven north into the Alpine hills and mountains of Gruyère.
Tim and Julie recently traveled to Portugal where they visited the capital city Lisbon and toured around the Alentejo, the least populous part of the country, with Portuguese specialty food exporter Manuel Maia. Summers in the Alentejo are hot and dry, but during our springtime visit the grass and trees were green and the weather Continue Reading »
This past fall, Ihsan, Valerie and I spent a rainy week in October traveling through southern Gascony and the Pays Basque region of southwestern France. Following the mountains along the French and Spanish border, the narrow, curvy roads passed through shady forested nooks, over cold rivers and around very steep green hills dotted with fluffy Continue Reading »