Archive for June, 2009

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Interview

CBH-logo.jpgKurt Dammeier is a unique and welcome addition to the world of artisan cheesemaking. People might wonder why an entrepreneur like Kurt would be interested in the cheese business- if you’ve listened to any of our other interviews via Cheese by Hand you know it couldn’t possibly be for the money. Well, Kurt is a believer in and backer of the “know where your food comes from” movement and given that his offices are kitty corner from Pike Place Market- it was only a matter of time before he leased a retail spot with huge windows so that he could show the masses how one of their favorite foods is made and thus Beecher’s Handmade Cheese was born.

While the vision of cheese production that Beecher’s provides isn’t as romantic as some wish that artisan cheesemaking was- no farmer, no cow, no milk cans on the premises- it is amazing to watch the throngs of market visitors press their noses and fingers against the glass to watch fluid milk transform into solid cheese.

Credit and thanks for music pieces used in this piece goes to Matty Charles, and Kevin Macleod.

Beecher’s Handmade Cheese Interview

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Up next: Cranberry Ridge
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River’s Edge Chevre Interview- aka Three Ring Farm

CBH-logo.jpgEven before we moved to Pat Morford’s neighborhood I was a huge fan of her cheese. Her legendary, smokey, leaf-wrapped chevre- Up in Smoke- landed at Murray’s Cheese just in time for Thanksgiving back in 2004 and my enthusiasm for her products is still going strong. Her herd has grown some since we visited her farm on our tour but she is still cranking out some of the best goat’s milk cheeses to be found in the U.S. Pat’s personality really comes through in this piece- she’s direct, quick to laugh, and very much present to the risks and challenges inherent in the artisan cheese business.

River’s Edge Chevre Interview (Three Ring Farm)

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Up next: Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
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Add comment June 5th, 2009

More from Rogue Creamery

You would think that I would tire of these cheesemakers but I swear they just keep getting more interesting. There were entire chunks of footage from my interview with David that didn’t necessarily fit into the “story of Rogue Creamery” but were still super interesting. Similar to the bonus footage I posted for Fiscalini this piece has minimal editing, narration, etc.- just bits I thought any cheese enthusiast would enjoy.

Rogue Bonus Reel

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