“You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.”
― Anthony Bourdain
Over the last 11 years I’ve devoted myself to the craft of cheese making and mongering. There's a world of difference between a goat milk tomme from the Alsatian hills and a sheep milk tomme from the Larzac plateaus. There are reasons behind these differences: the natural climate, the terrain, and the traditions of the locals.
Since 8,000 BC, cheese has been an essential staple for communities all over the world. Before refrigeration, there were varying methods for storing cheese. Early nomads kept cheese in natural caves or they made an enclave in the forest by tightly wrapping trees in the animal hide to keep their cheeses cool and out of the sun.
Throughout the centuries, cheese makers and keepers have come up with ways to store cheese and prolong its life, regulating humidity, air flow, light exposure, temperature, and carefully selecting materials the cheese would touch.
Drawing from both ancient cheese wisdom and contemporary technology, the Cheese Grotto allows you to create an optimal cheese storage climate right in your own kitchen. The Cheese Grotto is designed to be enjoyable to use, beautiful to look at, and durable enough to last a lifetime.
I hope your Cheese Grotto will serve to enhance your cheese experiences and will pique your curiosity and enchantment with one of the most complex and varied foods throughout time.