What’s HOT in the World of Cheese?

Cheese shopby Danika Reed

Summertime is my
absolute favorite time of the year. 
Growing up in North County, I consider myself a true Central Coast native.
While I did stray from my little oasis for a brief stint in the corporate
world, the experience caused me to fall deeper in love with Paso Robles.  The occasional 110 degree summer days do
sometimes elicit a small amount of complaining but I really do love our
weather!  The hot days and perfect nights
make for heavenly picnic and barbecue weather. What is the best accompaniment
to your outdoor menu? I am happy that you asked!  It’s CHEESE, of course!

What’s Trending
in Summer Cheese?

First and
foremost, all of our local cheese producers are in full swing and doing a good
job keeping Vivant stocked with seasonal cheeses that seem to be flying out the
door!  One of my personal favorites is
Alcea Rosea Marinated Chevre.  I know I
talk about this one a lot, but only because it is simple and amazing regardless
of your level of cheese snobbery! Whether you consider yourself a cheese
aficionado or just a newbie to the cheese world, you’ll love this cheese!  It is a fresh farmstead goat cheese made
right here in Templeton.  Legendary
cheese maker, Bev Michaels is not only amazing at the art of cheese making but she
is also a certified Master Gardner.  Bev
brings these two talents together in her Marinated Chevre starting with her
amazingly creamy and mild fresh goat cheese (chevre) and then she then adds an
array of herbs from her garden and finishes it off with Olea Farms Olive
Oil.  I recommend bringing it to room
temperature and slathering it on a fresh local La Migliore baguette.  Serve this on your patio table with a chilled
bottle of Pinot Grigio and your guests will never leave!

Of course, we
can’t write a blog in the middle of heirloom tomato season and not mention
Burrata! This time of the year we can’t keep it in stock!  With a shelf life of only three days we ship
it in three times a week to keep it at the peak of its flavor and creamy goodness!  Traditionally an Italian cheese, Burrata is
in the mozzarella family but with so much more to offer! This cheese starts
with a thin mozzarella “skin” hand filled with mozzarella curd and cream. Just
writing about this makes my mouth water! 
We sell it in one pound tubs made by our favorite mozzarella company
Gioia Cheese in South El Monte.  Maybe not the most romantic place to make it,
but they know what they are doing!  To
make the most of this lovely cheese, slice up some of your favorite juicy
heirloom tomatoes and top with a spoonful or three of burrata, fresh basil,
Olea Farms lemon olive oil
and a pinch of fresh ground pepper. Take my word for
it, it’s so good that you will hide this one from your guests!

CarrBread cheese is
another one that is trending during the summer months and for good reason.  Hailing from the great state of Wisconsin,
Carr Valley Cheese Company creates this little gem that needs a little time on
the grill.  Yes I said grill!!  Remove it from the wrapper and put it on the
barbecue!  Wait for a few minutes and you
won’t believe the gooey goodness that awaits you!  While I like to serve it with marinara sauce,
but they also recommend dipping in honey or even coffee!  You can’t pass this one up next time you fire
up the grill!

So, now that
your mouth is watering and you are getting ready for your next “cook out”, as
my Wisconsin friends like to say, swing by Vivant and pick up everything you
need to make your meal amazing!  No cooking
needed, since we all know we don’t want to be inside this time of the
year! 

Vivant_fine_cheese_side-barCheers to our
beautiful Paso Robles and all it has to offer!

Danika Reed is the Cheese Monger at Vivant Fine Cheese, located in historic downtown Paso Robles.
The Central Coast's premier cheese tasting room features premium, local
and imported handcrafted artisan cheeses paired with the finest Central
Coast wine and beer.  Danika is our monthly guest blogger for Cheese'n
it Up!

Danika Reed is the Cheese Monger at Vivant Fine Cheese, located in historic downtown Paso Vivant_fine_cheese_side-barRobles.
The Central Coast's premier cheese tasting room features premium, local
and imported handcrafted artisan cheeses paired with the finest Central
Coast wine and beer.  Danika is our monthly guest blogger for Cheese'n
it Up!
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