American Cheese Goodie Bag {Giveaway!}

by dccheese on November 20, 2014

in american cheese month,reviews and giveaways,Tweets + News

Happy birthday to us! This month marks our 6th year of sharing our cheese discoveries with you, dear readers. To celebrate, Jill and I gathered our curd kids for a weekend retreat in Minneapolis (thankfully, pre-snow) and, well, ate cheese. Would you expect anything else?

6th anniversary cheese cake |

We thought we’d knock off a few missing letters from our ABCs and build a cheese cake while we were at it. Pro-tip: Don’t use an uber-ripe camembert as the base of your cheese tower. But we had to include Alemar Cheese’s Bent River, a nod to our Minnesota half. As you might expect, we selected an array of bubbly-worthy cheeses — after Bent River came St. Stephen (cows milk, Four Fat Fowl, NY), Valentine (sheeps milk, Ancient Heritage Dairy, OR), Martone (cow/goat mixed milk, LaClare Farms, WI), and Smokey Mountain Round (goat milk, Goat Lady Dairy, NC). Cheeses to represent each of our home and present state/regions, and one amazing new triple-cream to tie it all together.

American Cheese Month may be over, but we’re hoping our ABCs of American Artisan Cheese (and this leaning tower of cheeses) inspire you to seek out some new cheeses — and perhaps include them on your holiday table. To make that easier, we’ve got an American Cheese Goodie Bag to give away to one lucky reader! (That’s right, it’s our birthday and we’re giving you gifts. Cheese is made for sharing, after all.)

CheeseandChampagne anniversary giveaway 2014

The goodies will come inside (1) the fabulous American cheese tote bag from our friends at Brooklyn Slate. Included you’ll find (2) a copy of Tami Parr’s Pacific Northwest Cheese: A History, (3) an exclusive Raw Milk Rockstar t-shirt, and (4) a $50 gift card to EITHER your local cheese shop, or, if you don’t have a shop nearby, from our favorite mail-order source, Murray’s.

3 ways to enter the American Cheese Goodie Bag Giveaway:

(1) Leave a comment below telling us, where do you buy cheese?

(2) Leave a comment on our giveaway post on Facebook; and/or

(3) Subscribe to our monthly cheese newsletter.

Giveaway is now closed: congrats to Carolyn G.! Contest closes at 11:59pm EST next Sunday, November 30, 2014. (Winner must be a resident of the US. As mentioned above, a gift card will be provided to the cheese shop of your choosing or to Murray’s for mail order. Remember to support your local cheesemonger this holiday season!) The tote bag has been provided by Brooklyn Slate; the book by Oregon State University Press.)

Thanks for all your support over the years! And stay tuned — we have several more holiday giveaways coming up!


shannon November 20, 2014 at 7:19 pm

I buy my cheese at Whole Foods ( where Im the cheese buyer) ☺

dccheese December 10, 2014 at 11:57 am

hope you give yourself a nice discount! 😉 thanks for reading & commenting!

saralynns2 November 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

We buy cheese either at the grocery store or a cheese factory store :)

D Schmidt November 21, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I usually buy my cheese in the local grocery store

livivua November 22, 2014 at 7:28 pm

our neighborhood corner market

Carolyn G November 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I buy it at the local cheese shop

dccheese December 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Congrats Carolyn — you’re the lucky winner! Check your email.

Carolyn Gonzalez November 23, 2014 at 7:59 pm


Madeline November 23, 2014 at 8:03 pm

I buy cheese at our local market in the city, and at Walmart.

The House Mouse November 25, 2014 at 1:22 am

Happy Birthday Colleen & Jill! So happy for you guys. 6yrs! Wow! Amazing! Wishing you much success and many more years. You guys were an inspiration to me and I’m so glad I discovered your blog. So, cheese shops…well, there’s Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Murray’s in NYC (mail order), then Plum Market in West Bloomfield and Whole Foods. I also like to directly to the cheesemaker whenever possible. So, Beehive Cheese in Utah, Sweet Grass Dairy in Georgia, Beekman 1802 in Sharon Springs, NY…okay, I’m getting a bit carried away. Stay Cheesy!

dccheese December 10, 2014 at 11:56 am

Thanks House Mouse for the kind words! Sounds like you have your buying strategy all plotted out. Hope to make it to Zingerman’s myself some day — got to go on the WI Cheese Tour with Ari a few years ago, talk about a cheese rock star! :)


manda November 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

I buy cheese at sprouts.

Syd November 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

DiBrunos in South Philly

shaunie November 26, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I buy cheese at the local supermarket

shaunie November 26, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I subscribed

Amanda November 28, 2014 at 11:01 am

I buy cheese from Original Herkimer Cheese in Ilion, NY, from the farmer’s market down the street and whenever I’m in NYC I go to Murray’s!

dccheese December 10, 2014 at 11:59 am

Ah yes, Murray’s is a must when in the city! Love to buy directly from cheesemakers at farmers markets, too.

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