ISO Telame cheese
When traveling from the Bay Area to LA I used to be able to find producers of this cheese in Riverbank and Los Banos.
Are any of these producers still in business and do they sell it locally (as opposed to upscale markets like Andronicos or Bristol Farms)?
One of the oldest producers of Teleme is Peluso Cheese in Los Banos. Don't know if they sell direct, but here's the contact info. Let us know what you find out!
PELUSO CHEESE INC.
Henry M. Guerrero
429 H Street
Los Banos, CA 93635
(209) 826-3744 ph.
(209) 826-6782 fax
re: Melanie Wong
Haven't driven by or called Peluso yet, but apparently the cheese making operation has moved to Rockport, Maine in 2005 and is operating under the dba Mid Coast Cheese.
They used to carry the cheese at Trader Joes, but I suspect that he wouldn't commit such a large percentage of his production to support the growth of TJs. Or, maybe TJs just didn't sell enough. Unfortunately I don't find any online presence for Peluso or MCC, say for direct purchase.
I believe that Spring Hill (Petaluma) and Sonoma Cheese Factory make teleme but I've never seen it.
I tasted at Spring Hill last weekend, and they're still making teleme but happened to be out. If you're on a quest, you should definitely call before showing up.
4235 Spring Hill Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(The same owners recently bought the Petaluma Creamery (in town), but I don't know if they carry all of the Spring Hill cheese and don't have that contact info handy. Sorry.)
It's been a couple of years but we found some at Vella in Sonoma, just a block east and north of the square.
I bought Teleme when on vacation July 2008. Purchased at Sonoma Market in Sonoma. Sonoma Cheese Factory on The Square also carries it.
It was not the same as I remembered from years ago, but F. Peluso evidently is not manufacturing what I purchased years back and loved. It's still creamy and nice, but just not the same in texture and flavor...
re: Jack Eisenstadt
As of today I don't see any indication on the Cal Poly Creamery website that Mr. Peluso is making his wonderful teleme there. We should monitor this web site for more info.
I noticed that Mid Coast Cheese (his former east coast operation) has a phone number in Los Banos with a contact. Perhaps they should create a Free Blog with some info for consumers.
If someone is in the Los Banos area, confirming dijit1's info on Peluso Cheese would be helpful.
Cal Poly Cheese
Mt. Bishop Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA
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