Rich Rogers of Scardello
In late October of 2008, Scardello opened it’s doors. They had a crack team of cheese lovers who were ready for anything that came their way. And just like what happens each time they open a new wheel of cheese, they really didn’t know what to expect.
Today Scardello still have an amazing staff of knowledgeable, and enthusiastic cheesemongers, and a case loaded with seriously incredible cheese. The owners, Rich and Karen Rogers have carefully curated the tiny shop that has flourished into a true Dallas gem offering classes with cheese, wine and even chocolate. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
What weighs five ounces, is about an inch and half tall and is no more than five weeks old? I can only think of one thing, the MT TAM from Cowgirl Creamery. This lush heavy butter fat cheese has a soft and very edible rind, slightly oozy in the center and will make you leap like a lord. Lords do leap quite a bit, and Mt Tam may very well be the reason why.
Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt Tam is arguably the finest example of a triple cream in the United States. It has a rich and buttery flavor with a natural essence of cremini mushrooms, a certain nuttiness from the aging, topped with a delicious lemony finish that pairs ever so wonderfully with your favorite bubbles. It is a festive cheese and it clings to a festive wine. But do not fear pairing with whatever works for you.
In the past few weeks we have enjoyed the cheese with a delicious 2010 Pinot Noir from MacMurray, and more recently with a Malbec. The Malbec had an assist from particularly beautiful and plump blackberries, which were on the sour side but played well into the hands of the wine and cheese combination. The MacMurray pairs well with most anything. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Scardello Artisan Cheese is excited for the warmer weather headed our way and want to help you enjoy the outdoors with its new “Monger’s Picnic Service.” The new-and-improved program offers two biodegradable and recyclable options, the Couples Picnic, for $25, and the Group Picnic, for $50. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We love Scardello for their wonderful selection of cheeses, the affordable wine, and those mighty fine grilled cheese sandwiches. But what many may not know is that they provide these amazing cheese classes and events. Check out some of the upcoming events and sign up online today. These are intimate and fill quickly. And guys, these make terrific Valentine’s gifts. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Rich Rogers, owner of Scardello Artisan Cheese, is nothing if not persistent. At the American Cheese Show last year he tasted a cheese named Salers and had an aha moment. It was God’s cheese and he had to have it. He gave the vendor an order for a wheel, price unseen. Only later, while waiting for delivery from France, did he have symptoms of buyer’s remorse at not having firmed up the price. It turned out price would be the least of his ‘Salers Problems’.
His east coast importer called to confirm that his wheel was on its way and just entering customs. It never made it out. The FDA, always protecting us from ourselves, had seized the wheel because it contained cheese mites. Cheese mites are tiny organisms that both live on certain cheeses and contribute to flavor. They have existed virtually forever. Their crime? According to the FDA, some people are allergic to them. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
It is open day this coming Sunday at Latte Da Dairy in Flower Mound. That means that you can:
Meet the goats;
See where they get milked;
See where they feed;
Buy some of their award-winning goat cheese;
Scoop your own goat compost (you provide the barrel/trash bag with a tight lid) for $5/barrel;
Check out the mini market for goat milk soaps and fresh bread (with no goat);
Location and directions here.
by Rich Rogers
Rich from Scardello, our city’s resident caseophile, sends word that his cheese has been highjacked. Listen in on his tale of woe and console him by checking out a few cheeses that made it to the shop on Oak Lawn in Dallas.
The Salers cow in the picture is not happy with the FDA, and neither am I. Is it bad to say that about a department of your government? If it is I don’t care. They have my cheese and they aren’t going to let it go. They’re only doing it to protect us, but lately they have been overly protective. Queso in point – my cheese.
The best thing I tasted at the winter Fancy Food Show was a piece of Rodolphe’s Salers. This incredible hard cow’s milk cheese was so packed with complexity and incredible flavor. (His 3 year old Mimolette was not far behind in the amazing category.) I liked the Salers so much I ordered a 50 pound wheel and didn’t ask how much it was going to cost. I didn’t care what it cost, it was THAT good! Continue reading