Thursday, May 20, 2010

Come and Meet a Cheese Legend!

In 1982, when I was wasting time by watching Knight Rider and Dynasty a woman in Texas was embarking on a career that would not only change her life, but would touch the lives and tummies of millions of people.

The woman is Paula Lambert of the Mozzarella Company. Paula had spent some time living in Italy and was disappointed upon her return to Texas that all the fresh mozzarella she could find was nothing like what she has had in Italy. From that disappointment sprang an a wonderful idea. She would make her own cheese.

Ms. Lambert went back to Italy to learn how to make the cheese she had grown to love, and then brought that knowledge back here to the States. Like many cheesemakers she started small, selling only 100 pounds of mozzarella a week. Then she got her cheeses into some professional kitchens, won some awards at the ACS and started getting a larger audience.

Today the Mozzarella Company creates 250,000 pounds of cheese-nearly all of it handmade-and they're creating several different types of cheese. One of our favorites is Hoja Santa. The Spanish named Hoja Santa translates to "sacred leaf". Often used in Mexican cooking, Paula used the leaf to wrap her delicate fresh goat cheese. The resulting cheese has a fresh lemony, tartness with a hint of mint and sassafrass. Absolutely delicious!

Please come and join us on Friday, May 21 from 4-6:30 at our Lake St. store as we proudly host a demo featuring this lovely cheese with Mozzarella Company founder and cheese legend Paula Lambert.

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