May We Have Gouda

by Matt Hart in Cheese

There are several cheeses I would describe as “destination” cheeses: Comté, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego and aged Gouda are all destination cheeses (to name only a few). We cheese people refer to them as destination cheeses because they are the reason people end up at a cheese counter. When the cheese lover arrives at the destination, it’s then our jobs as cheesemongers to provide them with the best destination… read more

Weathervane Selected America’s Top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants

by Southern Season in Cheese, News & Events

Diners have spoken! Weathervane Restaurant and Patio at Southern Season has been selected a Top 100 Restaurant for Brunch in America by OpenTable diners in OpenTable’s 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards!
Winners were determined by examining over 5 million restaurant reviews submitted through OpenTable for 19,000 restaurants. Read more about the selection process or view the complete list of winners. 
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South Africa

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, News & Events, Learn, Wine & Beer

I just returned from an incredible trip to South Africa. It is not the easiest or quickest place to go, but I can assure you it is well worth the time and effort.
The trip was organized through Wines of South Africa (WOSA), which is funded by the government of South Africa to help market their wine trade globally. I traveled with four other retailers from throughout the U.S., as well as the marketing manager of WOSA. These trips… read more

Cypress Grove Chevre

by Matt Hart in Cheese, News & Events, Learn, Wine & Beer, 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, News & Events, Learn, Wine & Beer, 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, News & Events, Learn, Wine & Beer, 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