The BelGioioso story began over a century ago when the great-grandfather of BelGioioso President, Errico Auricchio, founded a cheese company based on a philosophy of excellence. In 1979, Errico moved his family from Italy to America with the goal of continuing his great-grandfather’s legacy.
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When Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company was founded in 2000, we already had the most important part. For decades, our farm was known for making the highest quality, freshest Grade A milk. Our family’s herd of Holsteins were all raised from birth right on the property, giving us complete quality control from start to finish.
The ‘Food for Friends’ range of natural cheeses bring the fun back into eating with its robust flavours and distinctive textures that everyone craves for. We firmly believe that quality foods always start with natural ingredients and good manufacturing practice; this philosophy is deliciously reflected in our Californian-milk cheeses.
Sierra Nevada Cheese Company strives to create the best tasting dairy products by keeping true to our own philosophy: A clean ingredient list, coupled with traditional manufacturing methods. We use only natural, wholesome ingredients and milk and cream from local Northern California producers who guarantee their product is free of synthetic hormones and antibiotics. Additionally, our organic diary partners practice animal welfare standards outline by American Humane Association.
Our cheese making roots go all the way back to our ancestors in Switzerland who made a living producing cheese in the 1700’s. After a visit to Lionza, a small village in Switzerland, John Fiscalini decided to return that time-honored family tradition of making handcrafted farmstead cheese to his dairy farm in California.
Since 1931, Vella Cheese has been a companion to the finest foods in the world. As an ingredient, sprinkled on top, or served alongside, the full fresh flavor and smooth creamy texture of Vella Cheese is guaranteed to satisfy. And we still make our cheeses by hand in the founding building just a few blocks off the historic plaza in Sonoma, California.
Monterey Jack earns the rightful position as a true “American” cheese since it originated in the Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California. Around the 1700s, these monasteries around the Monterey region were making a semi-firm, creamy, mild flavoured cheese from cow’s milk which they aged for a little period. An American entrepreneur named David Jack realized its commercial value and started selling it all over California. The cheese came to be known as “Monterey Jack’s” or “Jack’s Monterey,” eventually acquiring the name Monterey Jack.
The cheese is commonly used in Mexican and Spanish cuisine as its mild in flavour and melts really well. It’s akin in taste and texture to Colby and Cheddar. Variants of Monterey Jack known as Dry Jack (aged version) and Pepper Jack (pepper spiced) are also quite popular. Monterey Jack is available across all grocery stores and supermarkets in the United States. Consider Pinot Noir and Riesling with Jack cheese.
Cheese is synonymous with Europe. Parmesan and Mozzarella from Italy, Gouda from the Netherlands, Danish Blue from Denmark, Brie and Camembert from France, Feta from Greece; the list goes on. In fact, European countries dominate both the world’s production and consumption of this popular food.
Stella® Feta Cheese adds a memorably fresh and tangy Mediterranean flavor to appetizers, sandwiches and dips. Its firm yet crumbly texture is similarly perfect for dressing up salads, especially lettuce, cucumber and tomato-based varieties. With its distinctively tart and salty flavor, Stella® Feta Cheese also serves as a great base for dips.
Bridel Emmental Cheese
Bridel emmental will win over all cheese lovers thanks to its mild, fruity and flavoursome taste.
Gouda Cheese from Holland may be grated, shredded, sliced or melted. Dutch Gouda is perfect as both a table and dessert cheese, and excellent when paired with fruits and wine or beer.
Located in Sonoma, California since the 1970’s, Laura Chenel’s upholds a long tradition of European-style artisan cheesemaking using fresh American goat milk from family-raised goats. Our commitment to producing only the highest quality, handcrafted goat’s milk cheese has made us the standard for American chèvre.
Makers of award-winning cheeses including Humboldt Fog®, the American artisanal classic. Cypress Grove was founded by Mary Keehn, an entrepreneur that helped put American cheesemaking on the map.