Our Tale

Owners Laura Downey and Chris Palumbo have more in common than just being long-time friends and community-minded residents of Fairfield, CT.

We share an obsessive passion for food. We love and respect good food, real food…food that comes from the heart as well as the hands.

Can’t keep it to ourselves.

Naturally, that much passion, energy and knowledge has to be shared – the two of us enjoy educating (and fascinating!) customers as much as we enjoy offering up delectable goodies from around New England, and the world. Ask anyone who’s attended one of our Cheese School classes – you’ll walk away a different person.

Beyond mere “retailers”. We’re cheesemongers.

We pride ourselves on supporting the American cheesemaker, as well as other artisan food producers nationwide and worldwide. We love forging relationships with small farms and other producers in order to bring you the finest cheese and specialty foods available.

We are members of The American Cheese Society, the leading organization promoting and supporting cheese in North America. We’re also members of Slow Food USA, and the Vermont Cheese Council. We were awarded the Snail of Approval from our local Slow Food chapter. Who knew there were so many accredited cheese organizations?

”Cheese, bread and wine. One of the finest meals anyone can have.”

About Laura ACS CCP

• American Cheese Society, Certified Cheese Professional (ACS CCP)
• Participant in the annual Cheesemonger Invitational in NYC
• Favorite, alone-on-a-desert-island cheese: Wabash Cannonball

About Chris ACS CCP

• American Cheese Society, Certified Cheese Professional (ACS CCP)
• Professional caterer
• Favorite, alone-on-a-desert-island cheese: Pawlet