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Cutting the Curd
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Featuring interviews with notable cheesemakers, cheesemongers, and cheese-lovers, Cutting the Curd is an informative, occasionally irreverent, but always cheesy look at the curdy, the nerdy, and the downright funky world of artisan cheese.
 
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This time sensitive show is devoted to making sense of the potential tariffs on cheeses imported into the U.S. from the European Union. It's clear how the tariffs could impact importers (read: not good for business), but what other sectors of the industry will feel the effects? And, will those effects be all bad, or are there some who stand to ...…
 
This week's show is a collaboration between Cutting the Curd and The Farm Report. Elena is in the studio fellow HRN host and producer, Lisa Held, interviewing farmer and cheesemaker Celeste Nolan. Celeste and her husband purchased their family dairy farm 15 years ago. Struggles with sustaining the business on fluid milk production alone led the ...…
 
Charles Duque is the Managing Director for North America for the French Dairy Board. He travels all throughout the continent, promoting French cheese from Central America to Canada. On today's show, Elena chats with Charles in studio about how his promotional efforts are received in the different countries he focuses on, and the state of cheese ...…
 
On today's show, Elena interviews cheesemaker/creamery worker and photographer at the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Lilith Spencer. Lilith's cheese career started in college. Lilith began mongering at some of the best retail counters in NYC, hit Instagram fame for her artistic cheese board creations, and has landed in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Ele ...…
 
On a continued Italian kick, Diane interviews author and food tour operator Elizabeth Minchilli about her new cookbook, The Italian Table. It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us keep broadcasting the most thought provoking ...…
 
Pairing wine and cheese is so classic, it's become a cliche. Craft beer has enjoyed an upswell of interest lately, and with that it's also been the focus of a lot of pairing opinions. But one of our favorite pairing partners - cider - hasn't gotten its proper due. Today, Jeff Russell - cider fanatic and sales director for Vermont's Eden Cider - ...…
 
Elena taped today's episode at the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin Booth at the Summer Fancy Food Show. Today's episode features shorter interviews with ten different cheesemakers, all from Wisconsin and all making unique products! From the science behind cheese spread texture to the benefits of using a bio digester, these mini-interviews are full o ...…
 
The Summer Fancy Food Show is happening this week in New York City and that means cheesemakers and specialty food producers are in town in a big way. Our guests today are in town from Italy: Bruno Gritti of Quatro Portoni and Paola Calciolara of Le Tamerici chat with Elena about their products and what's ahead for them during their trip to the ...…
 
In our third Cheesemaking Elements episode of the year, Elena visits Crown Finish Caves, Brooklyn-based Affineur, to focus on the final steps in the cheesemaking process: maturing, packaging and distributing the cheese. Elena chats with Crown Finish Cave Manager Ethan Partyka and Sales Director Caroline Hesse. It's HRN's annual summer fund driv ...…
 
On today's show Diane interviews writer Natalie Danford. Natalie was the translator for Slow Food's Osteria: 1,000 Generous and Simple Recipes from Italy's Best Local Restaurants. It's HRN's annual summer fund drive, this is when we turn to our listeners and ask that you make a donation to help ensure a bright future for food radio. Help us kee ...…
 
Our guest today is Amy Thompson, owner and operator of Full Shelf Foods. Amy's path to business ownership was mostly rooted in retail work. We'll hear about how she's bringing a cheesemonger's perspective to brokerage space. Also, what exactly is a brokerage-type business? Cutting The Curd is powered by Simplecast…
 
Jessica Kesselman joins Elena in studio to discuss working in cheese alongside her journey as a parent. How well does the cheese industry support parents, and what are the challenges specific to parents that come up when working in cheese? Elena and Jessica explore the answers to these questions and more on today's episode! Cutting the Curd is ...…
 
Will Studd is perhaps best known for his cheese-focused television show, Cheese Slices. Now in its eighth season and with sixty-four episodes under his belt, Will Joins Elena on air to talk about all that goes into the show. We'll also hear about his newest adventure, Will Studd's Cheese Range, a curated selection of cheeses offered to the US a ...…
 
This month Diane interviews freelance writer and former New Yorker editor Emily Rees Nunn about her food-focused memoir, Comfort Food Diaries. Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.By Heritage Radio Network.
 
Elena, Diane and Aaron are at it again with our second end-of-season host show. Following the runaway 'morning talk show' style success of last season's host show, Elena has some thought-provoking cheese-related prompts for the group, Diane tries to thwart her efforts and Aaron tries his best to answer while aghast at what's happening in the st ...…
 
Cara Warren has worked in cheese since 2005 and is currently the East Coast Sales Manager for Isigny Sainte Mere. Cara's pairings wow'ed the room at The Cheeses of Europe Interactive Beer & Fromage Event last week, and on the same day Vice Munchies featured her along with a small group of lesbian and non-binary cheese professionals. Elena chats ...…
 
Janet Fletcher chats with Diane about her latest book, Wine Country Table. A Napa Valley resident and long-time food writer, Janet's Planet Cheese is an industry favorite newsletter. Cutting The Curd is powered by Simplecast.By Heritage Radio Network.
 
We caught up with Rachel Smith, General Manager at Goed Zuur, in the midst of a cheese-inspired road trip. Two years after opening Denver's first sour beer tap room, Goed Zuur is en route to pick up their first cheesemaker collaboration: Acid Wash, made by Parish Hill (washed with––you guessed it: sour beer!). Elena and Rachel chat about this f ...…
 
Ivy Ronquillo is about to join the frazzled ranks of cheese shop owners with her new emporium Second Mouse Cheese in Pleasantville, NY. While Ivy has extensive experience in the advertising industry, as well as a culinary degree from FCI and years working in specialty food for the likes of Murray's and Artisanal, opening a shop presents an enti ...…
 
What do you do when your plans turn to ash––literally?! Inga Witscher, host of PBS's Around the Farm Table, chats with Elena about the unique moment she and her husband find themselves in. Just as they were on the cusp of building out a brand new cheesemaking room, their barn and facilities burned down last fall. Now, rebuilding is the new plan ...…
 
In our second episode of the 2019 Cheesemaking Elements series Elena dives deep into the world of cheese cultures. Culture expert Robert Aguilera explains how culture houses work and why we're starting to see monoculture creep when it comes to starters and adjunct cultures used in cheesemaking. Plus, how the culture supply chain business is cha ...…
 
Diane welcomes Steve Jones of Portland's Cheese Bar and writer Adam Lindsley––co-authors of Cheese Beer Wine Cider: A Field Guide to 75 Perfect Pairings––to the show this week. Listen as Diane gets to geek out on two of her favorite things: cheese and beer! Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.By Heritage Radio Network.
 
This will be seven years since the DZTA was founded in 2012. The organization has grown its squad of cheese teachers, just released a newly defined vision for the organization and has a revamped membership on their Board of Directors. Rachel Juhl, Chief Administrator of the Endowment, chats with Elena about how the organization has grown and wh ...…
 
Founded in 1940, Murray's Cheese remains a New York City institution. Over the past ten years they've taken their cheese show on the road, and 430 stores later they have made their mark within their Kroger 'Cheese Shops' all around the country. Elena talks with Lauren Toth, Project Manager, Training & Curriculum at Murray’s Cheese about how the ...…
 
Our 2019 Cheesemaking Elements series kicks off with...milk! Sheep’s milk, at that, in all its luscious glory. Elena interviews Mariana Marques de Almeida, sheep and goat specialist on everything from milk production to cheesemaking. Check out the Dairy Sheep Association for more resources! Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.…
 
On this month's book review Diane Stemple interviews Mike Edison, fellow Heritage Radio Network host (Arts & Seizures) about his latest memoir, You Are a Complete Disappointment, A Triumphant Memoir of Failed Expectations. With the title pulled from real life––it was one of the last things the author’s father said to him before dying––there's a ...…
 
Cheese-focused culinary specialist, Rachel Freier, joins Elena in studio. Rachel’s experience working with chefs and culinary students reveals that, unlike truffles or prime cuts of meat, specialty cheese is woefully misunderstood by back-of-house staff. Undaunted by the learning curve, Rachel is committed to changing how cheese is thought of—a ...…
 
On today's show Elena looks at a facet of the cheese business that's tangential to the supply chain: cheese tourism. Anna Juhl, Founder and CEO of Cheese Journeys and Sylvain Jamois, Private Chef and Cooking Instructor, join Elena in studio to chat about their growing cheese-focused travel business, Cheese Journeys. Cutting The Curd is powered ...…
 
Elena, Diane and Aaron all gather in-studio as an end-cap to our fall season and 2018! This episode features reflections on the cheese industry this year, host-picks for 2018 Cutting the Curd season highlights, lowbrow confessions and a spirited debate on what cheeses should be represented if Mt. Rushmore featured cheese instead of American Pre ...…
 
Marieke Penterman is no newcomer to the American artisanal cheesemaking scene––or to this podcast! On today's show Elena and Marieke chat about the joys of a well-aged business and how Marieke got to where she is today. As mentioned in the episode, here's a link to the new Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin commercial featuring Marieke and her cheesema ...…
 
Following up on our Supply Chain 101 show with Aaron and Glenn, on the first half of this week’s show Elena goes in-depth with Brie Hurd of The Cheese Shop of Salem on her simple [and brilliant] approach to placing pre-orders as a retail buyer. In the second half of the show Brie pulls back the curtain on some of the systems and philosophies be ...…
 
"The King of Cheese" or as Elena puts it, "The Queen of Umami" – today's show is all about the wonders of Parmigiano Reggiano. Grace Singleton of Zingerman's Deli sheds light on the Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano and Elena tastes three different parms live, in studio! Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.…
 
Glenn Hills joins new addition to our host team Aaron Foster in studio to talk about supply chain and how cheese gets from the farm to your face. We'll touch on importing rules, what it's like in the crazy halls of Rungis, the miracle of container shipping, the nightmare of FDA / Customs, what a bonded warehouse is and more! We'll learn all abo ...…
 
Tia Keenan is back in studio with Diane for this month's book review. Melt, Stretch, & Sizzle: The Art of Cooking Cheese – the book just landed and it is fierce! With a captivating style the photos take the idea of 'hot cheese' to new places and Tia tells all about her inspiration for the book and her path to pub date. Powered by Simplecast…
 
On this week's episode host Diane Stemple takes a break from book reviews! Diane chats with 2018 DZTA Scholarship winner Eric Meredith about his project vision and how it's coming along so far. Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.By Heritage Radio Network.
 
Elena's fascination with cooperative approaches to business turns to cheesemaking as she looks at unique partnerships among Wisconsin cheesemakers. Today's show features Ann Bates of Landmark Creamery and Chris Gentine of The Artisan Cheese Exchange. Find out how friendly neighbors can be the difference between success and failure in cheese dis ...…
 
Elena continues to explore the cheese retail landscape! Today's guests are Laura Downey and Chris Palumbo, owners and cheesemongers of Fairfield and Greenwich Cheese Companies in Connecticut and Cheesemonger Box. Elena, Laura and Chris tackle big questions: how can stand-alone independent 'family-sized' cheese retail compete in today's bifurcat ...…
 
Aaron Foster's cheese and specialty food shop, Foster Sundry, has made major Bushwick waves since it landed in 2015. A hospitality haven with a serious cheese selection, go now if you haven't yet been! On this week's show Elena chats with Aaron about what led him to open Foster Sundry and how small business ownership is all shaking out. Plus, s ...…
 
Merryl Winstein is the author of Successful Cheesemaking, a book eight years in the making – a true tome to tommes! (Gotta love a cheese pun.) Diane chats with Merryl on this week's show about her experience making her own cheeses and teaching cheesemaking to students over the years. Listeners will get a sneak peek at this extremely detailed co ...…
 
The Cheese Board Collective is a fifty-year-old worker-owned cooperative business located in Berkeley, California. On this week's episode Elena chats with worker-owners and cheese buyers Omri Avraham and Linh Nguyen about the collective's unique operational approach. Some highlights: full-time employees get five and a half weeks vacation each y ...…
 
Elena takes us out to San Francisco for the 4th annual SF Cheese Fest, hosted by the California Artisan Cheese Guild. Meet the folks behind Achadinha Cheese, Folly Cheese Co., Stuyt Dairy Farmstead Cheese and the cracker folk at Rustic Bakery! Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.By Heritage Radio Network.
 
Peter Gethers, author, screenwriter, playwright, book editor, and film and television producer (!!), chats with Diane about his new memoir – what Library Journal calls "a great primer on second acts and living (and dying) well." Cutting the Curd is powered by SimplecastBy Heritage Radio Network.
 
Rob Frie, Director of Operations for Roth Cheese calls in from the heart of America’s Dairyland. Elena and Rob chat about Roth Cheese’s unique cheese selection and their approach to the dairy business. Plus, we learn about Wisconsin’s cheesemaking–and ski destination!–‘Little‘Switzerland’. Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast…
 
This year the American Cheese Society competition received 1,954 entries! On today's show the competition's Best in Show winners–Jasper Hill Farm and Cows Creamery–will join Diane to talk about their winning cheeses and how they got to where they are today. Cutting the Curd is powered by SimplecastBy Heritage Radio Network.
 
Amid the inspiring energy at this year's American Cheese Society conference, Elena chats with Gordon Edgar of Rainbow Grocery about the store's long-standing worker-owned business model and how it all works IRL. Cutting the Curd is powered by SimplecastBy Heritage Radio Network.
 
Elena chats with Katie Fuhrmann in the studio during a break from Katie's Wisconsin-based cheesemaking. We learn how Katie and her team (many of whom are family members!) have built out their dairy and cheesemaking operations into a full-fledged Agri-tourism destination. Also, Katie reveals the algorithm behind how her family names their cheese ...…
 
Kathleen Shannon Finn, past president of the American Cheese Society, Garde et Jure and Maitre Fromager in the Guilde des Fromagers Confrérie de Saint-Uguzon joins Diane to talk about the cookbook she's launching in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the American Cheese Society Conference this month. Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast.…
 
The Cheesemonger Invitational is an industry must-see at this point! On today's show Elena chats with 2018 winner Eric Schack about his journey to cheese and his triumph at this year's competition. Cutting the Curd is powered by SimplecastBy Heritage Radio Network.
 
Clara Diez and Ruben Valbuena of Cultivo chat with Elena about Cultivo, their Neals Yard Dairy-inspired shop in Madrid. Born from an economic need to get their cheeses in front of more customers, we hear how Cultivo is evolving and developing into a full-blown cheese destination and way of life. Cutting the Curd is powered by Simplecast…
 
Tenaya Darlington, wordsmith-of-fromage, joins Diane to chat about her latest penned project: Booze & Vinyl. Her latest book–co-authored with brother André Darlington–prepares readers to shake, stir, and just plain pour your way through some of the best wax ever pressed. Get ready to set the mood for 70 great records from the 1950s through the ...…
 
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