Cypress Grove Chevre

by Matt Hart in Cheese

An ever so brief herstory of Cypress Grove Chevre:
Mary Keehn, founder of Cypress Grove Chevre, began her journey in cheese in the 1970s. Like most great gustatory accomplishments in American artisanal cheese making, the Cypress Grove Chevre company materialized out of a series of “perfect storm”-like circumstances which include, but are not limited to, some science, a great deal of improvisation, lots of hard… read more


Domenica Marchetti

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In Domenica’s own words: “Italian home cooking is my first passion in the kitchen. Food is at the center of Italian family life and I have probably spent the equivalent of half my hours on this earth in kitchens and around dinner tables, cooking, eating, talking, arguing and socializing. If I’m exaggerating, it is not by much. The food I cook is the food I love to eat and feed others:… read more

Celebration Season

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer

It is celebration season: Mardi Gras, Saint Patrick’s Day, NCAA Tournament, Passover and Easter—this is definitely a busy time of year, and when we celebrate, well, we need to toast the event with the appropriate beverage. There are beverages for any and every occasion and ones that match any taste or style preference. Of course with Mardi Gras, I’m sure many of you indulged in the random Hurricane or Sazerac,… read more

March Features

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese

This month we’ll have a split focus in cheese featuring our favorite local cow’s milk farm as well as some internationally-known Irish cheeses in honor of the one, the only, the deceased: Saint Patrick of Ireland.
Let’s begin with our local feature, shall we? 
We’ll be featuring three fabulous cheeses made by Flo, Portia and their devoted crew at North Carolina’s own Chapel Hill Creamery.
The Chapel Hill… read more

lionel vatinet

Lionel Vatinet

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Lionel Vatinet is a skillful Master Baker and owner of La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC, and one of the best bread producers and bread baking consultants in America. Lionel began his illustrious bread baking career when he joined France’s prestigious artisans’ guild Les Compagnons du Devoir at age 16, where he began training for 7 years to become a Maitre Boulanger (Master Baker). His goal is… read more


Joe Yonan

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Joe Yonan is a two-time James Beard Award-winning food and travel editor and writer for The Washington Post, famed for his column about cooking for one, and he most recently authored the cookbook, “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook.”
Upcoming class: Eat Your Vegetables on 3/8 at 5 p.m.
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
1. My cook’s knife, of course!2. My Clever coffee… read more

February Is for Lovers

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese

Although I could be wrong, I am fairly certain that February is for lovers.

Am I too cynical for Valentine’s Day? You can ask my wife Jenean and she will likely say yes. I’ve grown into other holidays as I’ve gotten older with little-to-no resistance, but I’ve yet to fall in love with Valentine’s Day. I don’t skip it by any means, but I must confess that Valentine’s Day is barely a blip on my holiday… read more

Hong Kong

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer

I spent a wonderful vacation at the end of January in Hong Kong. It was truly an eye-opening experience with such cultural diversity—I was able to try a mix of cuisines both local and multi-cultural. My traveling companion and I arrived late on Wednesday evening, so our trip really did not begin in earnest until that following Saturday. We were visiting my friend Lee’s daughter, Rae, and her husband, LY, who have been… read more

Mac and Cheese for the Soul

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese

It’s 2014 people. Happy New Year! What’s there to be happy about? Well, for starters I’m happy to say we at the Southern Season Cheese Counter survived the holidays! Woo-hoo!
So this blog entry should be short and sweet (just like me… well, I’m more short than sweet), as I’m busy tying up loose ends before heading to San Francisco for the Cheesemonger Invitational West as well as the Fancy Food Show where… read more

New Year’s Resolutions

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer

Well it’s that time of year—resolution time… Ugh.  My resolution this year started out with no resolutions, I just didn’t want to let myself down… again.  But then I started thinking, what I resolve does not have to be painful, difficult or self-sacrificing. In fact, if I’m creative, it should be something self-fulfilling, even allowing for a bit of luxury. So here goes:

Get more exercise and reward… read more