Giveaway: Win a Lenox Cheese and Cracker Set!

Did you know that October is National Cheese Month? We're celebrating by giving away a Scoop Cheese and Cracker Set from Lenox, one of our generous house purveyors. This 11 1/2-inch cheese service set (pictured below), which features a contemporary design and includes cheese-and-cracker tray and cheese knife, will help you get your fill of fromage any time of the year. For a chance to win it, tell us about your ideal cheese plate in the comments section of this blog, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter (use hashtag #JBFcheese) by the end of the day on Tuesday, October 25. We’ll pick a winner at random on Wednesday, October 26.* UPDATE: this giveaway is now over. Congrats to L. Jeske of New York City for winning the Lenox cheese-and-

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An Autumnal Cheese Primer

An autumnal cheese primer from chef Matt Jennings and the James Beard Foundation

Sure, fall’s harvest brings tons of great produce, but as JBF Award nominee, chef, and master cheesemonger Matt Jennings explains, it’s also the peak season for cheese.


You can tell a lot about your cheese from how it tastes, and the flavors of true artisan American cheeses are as varied as the seasons in which they’re created.

It’s a well-known truth in the tight-knit world of professional cheesemongers that autumn in particular brings a bounty of small-production cheeses from farms and producers across the country—each with a distinct flavor profile and a story all its own.

While it can be hard to choose, here are some of our favorite cheeses to purchase and consume in the autumn months.

Vermont Shepherd // Vermont Shepherd Farm, Vermont
Vermont Shepherd, an American raw-milk classic, is created by David Major... Read more >

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