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Fall is Officially Here!

by Matt Hart in Cheese

Can you believe it’s already October? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to say goodbye to the summer, but good Lord! Where does the time go? Fall is officially here and the gentler weather is rapidly approaching!! The leaves on the trees have begun to change from green to gold, the southern air is suddenly not quite so humid and the nighttime winds encourage you to bring a sweater when going out for the evening. Much like… read more

This Autumn’s Finest Cheese Selections

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Cheese

Beaufort you pick up that piece of Gruyère or Comté, do read the following post and choose wisely.
September will be a fun-filled month for cheese! There are many, many new cheeses to choose from at the counter, and as autumn and the holidays approach, that selection will only get better and better!
Here are a few we’ll feature for your tasting pleasure in September:
September for many cheesemongers marks the… read more

Summer in North Carolina: It’s So Hard to Beat the Heat!

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

We cheesemongers notice an enormous lull in the sales of semi-firm and firm cheeses come summertime (doubly so if your counter resides in a College town like ours does). It would appear that most folks don’t want to stuff firm or semi-firm cheeses into their skulls on hot summer days unless, of course, said cheeses are sliced and melted on a burger. While summertime sales of firm and semi-firm decline, the fresh cheeses… read more

Dad wants cheese…duh!

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

With Father’s Day approaching, it seems one could cut the nervous energy in the air with a knife (preferably a cheese knife). Although men contend they’re the more easy-going of the sexes, it is my humble opinion that we men are far pickier than our female counterparts when it comes to receiving gifts from loved ones. I can see it now: frantic, last-minute shopping by Mothers with children in tow, desperately scrambling… read more

Cow, Goat & Sheep’s Milks… but what about di Bufala?

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

Caseificio Quattro Portoni (Four Gates) is a dairy farm located in Cologno al Serio (in the province of Bergamo), Italy. They specialize in fifteen different cheeses made from milk of the domesticated Mediterranean Water Buffalo. Buffalo milk is not only higher in fat, protein and minerals than cows’ milk (making it an ideal candidate for cheese), but the buffalo requires far less land to graze upon to produce… read more

Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

Capriole Farmstead has been a favorite at the Southern Season cheese counter as of late. If you’ve paid us a visit in the last month, then I’m certain by now you’ve tasted at least one of their award winning Greenville, Indiana goat cheeses (Sofia, O’Banon, Juliana, Fromage A’Trois, Mont St. Francis). Judy Schad, her husband and their then three young children moved onto an abandoned… read more

Trust Your Cheesemonger

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

Matt Hart
My name is Matt Hart and I’ll be your new Cheesemonger here at Southern Season (if you’ll have me of course). First off, I’d like to apologize for taking so long to introduce myself. I’ve been changing a lot of things at the counter and within the cheese culture (pun intended) here at Southern Season and change, as you all know, takes a great deal of effort, energy, patience and time. Lots… read more

Cheese it up for Christmas

by Alexander Kast in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

Unfortunately cheese doesn’t easily lend itself to Christmas gifting.  The thought of leaving a hunk of cheese under the Christmas tree or even better, in the stocking over the fireplace, is a concerning deterrent.  
With that being said, the holidays are a time of family get-togethers, staff parties and lots of food.  Cheese fits in perfectly and is a great way to wow your guests with flavors they’ve never… read more

Thankful for Cheese

by Alexander Kast in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

I am a happy man and I have lots to be thankful for.  I am lucky for having a great family, for my good health and to have one of the coolest jobs one can think of.  Not many people have the joy of selling a product you feel so adamantly about, much less love.  Few get to develop such long lasting relationships as this ‘career’ path has provided. 
Cheese has brought me to London to work at the amazing Neal’s Yard Dairy… read more

Cheese Plates…how to make your guests gush over your selection and display

by Alexander Kast in Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese, Cheese

This past weekend I taught a class at the wonderful TerraVITA Event in Chapel Hill, an amazing culinary education seminar highlighting sustainable and local food & beverage.  The event is organized for Colleen Mitten, whom I have to give a big high five for orchestrating such a fabulous get together (big ups to Breana Lai Beck and Amanda Miller as well)!  Every year it gets better and better.
 I had the great opportunity… read more