Andy Becker – Baseball Jock, Cheesemonger, Pool Shark, Math Geek, Sausage Smith

by Matt Hart in Cheese

Come summertime, our focus turns to grilling and outdoor entertainment. I’ll be honest, when the Southern heat hits this California boy, I tend to stay indoors unless I’m playing outside with my kiddos, taking the puppy out to pee or cooking something tasty on the grill. Last year I talked about my favorite easy-peasy, instant appetizers one can make with their favorite cheese al fresco. This year I’ll be taking… read more

Kids’ Summertime Candy Best Bets

by Megan Scanlon in Cheese, Candy

Well, hello there! Glad you decided to come back and do a bit more learnin’ about sugary things. 
So we all know summer is really the freedom cry of kids all over the country, and what do kids like? Candy!
I’m going to let you in on a couple great, good and gross things that kids can’t get enough of. We here at Southern Season sell candy for all ages but we really aim for the kid inside, sort of like those Russian dolls that… read more

Meet the Producers: Souse Barbecue

by Charlotte Myer in Cheese, Candy, Learn

Souse BBQ owner Rob Griffin has been spreading the good word about traditional eastern Carolina barbecue since long before he started his business, but after a series of fortuitous events, he decided to start selling his sauce for real. In just two short years, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Recently, he won second place in Our State magazine’s Sauce Boss contest and was named Best Vinegar-Based… read more

Father’s Day Candy

in Cheese, Candy, Learn, Candy

Hello, my name is Megan and I’m going to take you through the world of sweets/candy/shugga’/the goods. This is my first official posting and hopefully it will be everything you want and more (no pressure). I thought for this first one we’d talk about Father’s Day and the different kinds of manly-man chocolate a Father would love.
We’ll (only sort of) dip our toes in the pool of weird and start with none other than… read more

Meet the Producers: Southern Smoke Barbecue

by Charlotte Myer in Cheese, Candy, Learn, Candy, Learn

Southern Smoke BBQ is a restaurant and sauce line based in Garland, North Carolina. Owner Matthew Register, a native eastern North Carolinian himself, has barbecue in his blood—one of his sauces is a 100-year-old family recipe that was entrusted to him by his wife’s late grandfather. With his restaurant and sauces, Matthew is aiming to preserve the region’s barbecue tradition for future generations of North… read more

The Power of Preserved Milk: How the Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company Preserved the Giacomini Family Legacy

in Cheese, Candy, Learn, Candy, Learn, Cheese

The California Bay Area-based cheese pioneers at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company 
continue to impress critics and cheese lovers alike with their growing line of artisanal, sustainably-produced cheeses made from milk of the highest quality. In the year 2000, their flagship cheese, Point Reyes Original Blue, was introduced as the first classic-style blue cheese produced in the Golden State (hence… read more

Becoming a Sommelier

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

I have, over the years, had many people ask, “Where did you learn about wine and beer?” My standard response is “I drink a lot….” But in all honesty, I personally have not attended any type of school or classes—my “wine education” is based on considerable amounts of self study, travel, tasting and work experience. However, one of the motivating forces that spurred this “self study” was taking… read more

May New Arrivals

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

It’s the time of year when our presale gems come in, in fact we have added another 30+ labels in the last couple of weeks in addition to our standing reorder presale wines. It’s always exciting when these new wines arrive!
Here are some of our new rosés: 
Chateau Miraval 2013
It’s back! Brangelina’s second vintage from Provence. “The first release of the rosé from their summer residence and wine estate… read more

Enter Our Potato Salad Recipe Contest

by Southern Season in Cheese, Candy, Learn, Candy, Learn, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, News & Events

Calling all Potato Salad pros!
Whether made with creamy mayonnaise or tangy vinaigrette, no Southern barbecue is complete without a bowl of your favorite potato salad. Submit your secret recipe to our potato salad recipe contest to win a gift basket of our favorite barbecue essentials and a $100 Southern Season gift card, a $250 total value!
Potato Salad pros can submit their recipes online or via entry forms in-store.… read more

May We Have Gouda

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