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Archive for December, 2009

We certainly can’t fault our hometown alt weekly for a lack of support — the Isthmus, once again, has given us some wonderful ink. We made the paper’s list of Best Wisconsin Foodie Books for 2009. Terese Allen writes, in part:

Cheesemakers have for too long been undervalued in our culture, and I’m so glad to see a book that gives them their due. Peruse this photo-rich, artfully written profile of cheddar, havarti and muenster makers, in fact, and you will want to rise from your chair to give them a standing ovation. James Norton’s words and Becca Dilley’s pics bring you right into the factory, where you can breathe in the milk-sweet aroma, soak up the tradition and listen to the stories of more than 40 certified master cheesemakers around the state.

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From an article in Progressive Grocer about major deli supplier Kretschmar:

To promote its recently introduced line of specialty cheeses made by Wisconsin master cheesemakers, Kretschmar Deli is providing retailers with a wide variety of marketing and promotion collaterals, including floor graphics, easel signs, iron man signs and POP recipe brochures…

‘When we made the decision to extend our deli line with premium cheeses, we knew to look to Wisconsin because of the state’s well-earned reputation for superior products,’ said Erik Waterkotte, Kretschmar’s director of marketing.

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We did a radio appearance with the terrific Mitch Teich for Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect program. They were also kind enough to put together a Flickr slideshow of Becca’s photography.

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A nice mention in the Shepherd-Express of Milwaukee, promoting our appearance at Boswell Book Co. on Friday night. A quote: “Not surprisingly, this is a story of Wisconsin as well as the cheese that made the state famous. Through photo images and biographical accounts, The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin reveals the hard-working, humble cheese-making residents and the industry that established Wisconsin as the Dairy State.”

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune included us in a wrap-up of books by local authors — exciting stuff!

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Thanks to Sarah Horvath and the team at the Wisconsin Union Directorate for sending along these photos taken from our Nov. 19 appearance in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Union in Madison. The guy in the Badgers sweatshirt is Master Cheesemaker Gary Grossen, who was kind enough to come out to our event and say a few words to the assembled crowd. Photo Credit: David Micheals.

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Luxury Cheddar

USA Today reports on Hook’s 15-year cheddar, available for $50/pound. Having enjoyed Hook’s at 12 years old, I find the idea of eating it at 15 years not merely plausible, but actually really appealing. Particularly if someone else is picking up the check…

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