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    October 3, 2013

    Eat Cheese, Drink Beer, and Meet Celebrity Cheesemakers

    For a gouda time, The Cheese School of San Francisco is hosting its annual Meet-the-Cheesemaker event next Thursday. Proceeds of the event will go to the California Artisan Cheese Guild, an organization dedicated to artisanal, specialty and farmstead cheeses made in the state.

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    March 20, 2013

    Two Festivals This Weekend Celebrate World's Best Foods: Cheese and Chocolate

    In a scenario where we were asked at gunpoint to choose whether we'd give up cheese or chocolate for the rest of our life (you know, threatened by hardened criminals who are discerning about such matters), we'd be hard-pressed to come up with a decision. Thankfully we can celebrate both this weekend ... More >>

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    October 30, 2012

    Enjoy Comparative Beer and Cheese Tasting at 'From Ales to Fromage' Event

    At some point in your life, you may have cracked open whatever beer was in the fridge, unwrapped a Kraft single, and went to town. Don't worry; we aren't the types to judge. But allow us to recommend an event that goes far beyond macro lager and chemically enhanced "cheese products" -- 'From Ales T ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Markegard Family Grass-Fed Offers Workshops for the Aspiring Urban Farmer

    If you have an itch to drive out of the city learn more about the country life, then Markegard family of Half Moon Bay have a workshop series that might be for you. The Markegards run a large grass-fed farm and ranch in Half Moon bay and raise beef, lamb, eggs and pastured pork, all available via CS ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Central Coast Creamery: Taste-Testing Paso Robles' (and SFO's) Surprise Cheeses

    Most airports continue to ignore the obvious truth that the feet that flow through their halls are connected to hungry people with both cash and palates -- and little interest in airports' plebeian gruel and fast-food fare. Fortunately, SFO has taken the bold step with the new Terminal 2 of actually ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    "Fat Bottom Girl" Cheese Makes the Dairy World Go Round

    One great thing about Northern California: Whatever your foodie pleasure, there's always more of it out there than at first seems possible. We've lately discovered yet another great cheese out there in the hills: Fat Bottom Girl, spring cheese from Bleating Heart in Sonoma. Like so many pursuing th ... More >>

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    April 26, 2012

    Jasmine Smith Introduces Strong Cheese To San Francisco

    A child of northern Wisconsin, Jasmine Smith grew up on a steady diet of processed cheese and Milwaukee's Best. "We used to get this cheese spread every year for Christmas that as a kid I liked but I now realize it was terrible!" Smith told us.  With her new venture Strong Cheese Provision ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Mixed Milk Cheeses: The Tasty Joys of Combining Goat and Cow

    Often, cheese makers blend milk from different animals to create flavors a single milk can't provide. La Tur, a three milk cheese (sheep, cow and goat) from Caseficio dell'Alta Langa in Italy, is an exceptional example.  But sheep- and goat-milk cheese producers blend milk for a functional re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Local, Store-Bought Burrata Stands up to its Italian Inspiration

    One time in Italy we were told, with a hint of condescension, that we couldn't possibly have had "real" buffalo mozzarella in the States, as it hails from only one Italian town and was only eaten on the day it was made. Unless you feel a need to throw out your bread after its baking day, I would ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Forget Skiing, It's Cheese This Weekend

    ​This weekend, it's Disneyland for cheese, expect instead of rides there are tours of cheese making facilities; instead of performances and plush, strolling characters there are cheese seminars, authors, and producers; and instead of crappy food at the end of long lines it's all cheese.  &nbs ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012
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    December 30, 2011

    The Artisan Cheese Ball: Now at Rainbow Grocery

    ​Every fall, SFoodie's mother used to stock up on pecan-and-parsley-covered cheese balls from a local fundraising drive, which would then emerge from the freezer to appear at card parties and Easter buffets over the course of the year. SFoodie loved them.When we were speaking to Gordon Edgar, Rain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2011

    Gordon Edgar's 2011 Finds: New Cheeses to Discover

    ​SFoodie is calling up food types around the city to ask them about their favorite discovery of the past year, whether it's new or ancient, an ingredient or a person. We'll be running their responses through the end of the year. By this point in his career, Gordon Edgar, head cheese-buyer at R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Cowgirl Creamery: The Fresh Cheeses

    ​Cowgirl Creamery is best known for its aged, European style, cheeses like Mt Tam and Red Hawk. But the ladies parcel our a fair selection of fresh cheeses as well, all of which can lift your morning, or your entertaining, to another level.Yesterday, we looked at Cowgirl's aged cheeses. Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Meet and Eat With Your Favorite Cheesemakers

    ​What: Meet the Cheesemaker, a California Artisan Cheese Guild Fundraiser Where:The Cheese School of San Francisco When: Fri., November 11, 7-9 p.m. Cost: $35 The rundown: Every year, the Cheese School in North Beach hosts a bunch of California's cheesemakers to raise funds for the Califor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2011

    Barinaga Ranch: Excellent Basque Cheese From Marin

    ​Just as the Bay Area has a shorts-to-sweater array of micro climates, it has a stunning selection of micro-cultures of cheesmaking. You can find examples of cheese styles from countries around the world and milks across the animal spectrum throughout the Bay. Barinaga Ranch in West Marin add ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Cheese Affinage? New York Times: Pro. Rainbow's Head Cheesemonger: Meh.

    ​Yesterday, the New York Times published a feature on affinage, the practice of properly aging cheeses until they hit that perfect moment for eating. The article profiled several East Coast cheesemongers who practice affinage, most notably Murray's Cheese Shop in Manhattan, which has a master ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011
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    March 17, 2011

    More Local Cheese Recommendations

    Jonathan KauffmanValley Ford's Estero Gold.​ This week, as I was tasting local cheeses for today's SFoodie's 92 segment, I called a number of pros to ask them about cheeses they thought I should know about. Three ― Jens at Say Cheese, Ellen at 24th Street Cheese Company, and the amazing Laura We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Clean Cheese, Ginger Ale, and the Mighty Subway

    Madame Fromage/FlickrSally Jackson's amazing cheese, now lost to the world after an FDA crackdown.​A new daily column: Notes on national stories, local trends, random tastes, and other miscellanea dredged up from the food media.1. Cheese makers under attack? San Francisco diners haven't felt the i ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011
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    December 15, 2010

    The Best New Cheeses of 2010

    Gordon EdgarKunik from Nettle Meadow: Goat, meet cow.​Guest cheese blogger Gordon Edgar is the buyer for Rainbow Grocery and the author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge, published by Chelsea Green. He blogs at It shows the strength and popularity of the growing world of Am ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Taste Local Cheese for the Holidays (and a Good Cause)

    ​For obvious, if college-humor, reasons, our favorite of the twelve days of Christmas has always been the eight maids a-milking. Egg nog and Santa's glass of milk always have a place in the holiday celebrations, but why can't we include dairy in its more awesome and solid forms? The

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    June 24, 2010

    Biters, Vegan Sabotage: Just Another Day at Rainbow Grocery

    gordonzola/FlickrUs, we would've stuck our teeth into something tastier that Jack.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. The thing about Cheesemonger Gordon Edgar? The cheese buyer at Rainbow Grocery lets you live ― vicariously ― the weirdness of working at a place where, any bad shit happe ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Memoir by Rainbow Cheesemonger Smashes Foodie Stereotypes

    Chelsea GreenIt's a very local mashup of food and chip-on-the-shoulder social conscience.​Is it possible to turn gastronome without surrendering your punk soul? That question bleeds through the text of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge by Rainbow cheese buyer Gordon Edgar. The 200-page memoir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Orgy of Artisanal Cheesemaking in Berkeley Tomorrow

    ​A cheese tasting, a panel discussion, and book signing are all going down at The Pasta Shop on Fourth Street (1786 Fourth St. at Hearst, Berkeley) tomorrow. Cheese artisans from Bellwether Farms, Cellars of Jasper Hill, Cowgirl Creamery, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, and Vermont Creamery will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    Doggy Bag: Cheese Doodles

    Gordon EdgarCreepy faces adorn wheels of Chällerhocker, a Swiss cow's milk cheese.​Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Antonia Richmond tackles home cheese making for The Bold Italic. I've been hooked on the stuff since childhood--beginning with my first taste (of a cellophane-wrapped Kraft ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    Cali Cheeses Rack Up Awards, But the Real Winners Might Be Ones You've Never Heard Of

    Gordonzola.netGordon Edgar, Rainbow's cheesemonger: New California artisans are making magic.​A half dozen California cow's milk cheeses snagged more than a dozen awards at the 2009 World Cheese Awards earlier this month in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. The annual event is a slugfest of more than ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 20, 2009
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    March 6, 2009

    Cheeseheads: Artisanal Cheese Festival in Petaluma, March 20-23

    Sonoma will be ground zero for aficionados of California's artisan cheese producers. The third annual Artisan Cheese Festival, held at the Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma, will run from Friday, March 20, through Monday, March 23.  The festivities begin with a Meet the Artisans welcome reception a ... More >>

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    December 13, 2007
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    June 27, 2007

    Our Cornucopia Runneth Over

    There is plenty new at two of San Francisco's best takeout places

  • Dining

    June 13, 2007

    Closer Than Italy

    Lucky Glen Park gets a new neighborhood hangout

  • Music

    January 25, 2006

    Repaired Social Club

    Is Annie's Social Club the 19th Cheese of bars? And what the hell is the 19th Cheese anyway?

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    May 11, 2005
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    May 11, 2005
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    April 13, 2005

    Slices of Heaven

    Enjoying pizza in several locations, including between covers

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    May 19, 2004

    Best Food Court

    Ferry Building Marketplace

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    May 19, 2004

    Best Pizza by the Slice

    L'Osteria del Forno

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    July 30, 2003
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    May 14, 2003

    Best Burger

    Pier 23 Cafe

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    January 24, 2001

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    October 23, 1996
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    August 28, 1996

    Heat of the Night

    At Zinzino, wood-burning oven + thin crusts = fab pizza

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    June 12, 1996

    A New World Order

    Rendezvous du Monde tours the Mediterranean cuisines with verve and style

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