Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Welcome to Cheese-a-topia!

It's been a little while since posting, because the shop is hopping! Business has seriously increased over the past couple of months now that all of us in the market are open, and I often find myself buying so much cheese for the weekend that I'm afraid I've made a horrible mistake, only to find that come Monday, the deli case is back to only 75% capacity. It's an amazing feeling, and it's keeping me busier than many bees.

I am taking some time away this week for Cheese-a-topia! This year's annual American Cheese Society conference is being held in Seattle, and I could not be happier. I got to experience this 3 day immersion in all things cheese geeky last year down in Austin, Texas. The conference is such an amazing opportunity to meet people in the industry from all around the world, learn more than a reasonable brain can handle, and eat far too much cheese than anyone should ever eat in 72 hours.

While the conference doesn't begin until Thursday, we are kicking it off tonight at the shop with a reading and book signing with Gordon"zola" Edgar, author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge. He's always super fun and I'm looking forward to hanging out with many of the awesome cheese peeps I met at last year's conference. Tomorrow will see myself and pal Sarah of Mission Cheese on a full day tour of cheesemakers in the area, followed by dinner on the farm at Kurtwood Farms. Thursday the conference officially begins, and I promise rich coverage of every cheesey moment.

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