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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)?

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  1. 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.
    Franklin Peluso
    President
    Henry M. Guerrero
    Owner
    429 H Street
    Los Banos, CA 93635
    (209) 826-3744 ph.
    (209) 826-6782 fax
    Estab. 1919

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    1. 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.
      http://www.eatmainefoods.org/2006/02/
      http://www.cheesereporter.com/MidCoas...
      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.
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      I believe that Spring Hill (Petaluma) and Sonoma Cheese Factory make teleme but I've never seen it.

      1. re: DiveFan

        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
        707.762.3446
        http://www.springhillcheese.com

        (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.)

      2. re: Melanie Wong

        Peluso Cheese in Los Banos is the company Franklin sold in July 2005. Franklin has no part in the cheeses they're producing. From time to time they may produce some Teleme style cheese on a limited basis.

        Jack E.

      3. It's been a couple of years but we found some at Vella in Sonoma, just a block east and north of the square.

        1. Franklin Peluso has returned to California crafting Franklin's Teleme At the Cal Poly Creamery, San Luis Obispo. Yes, to all who seek and love this American Treasure.

          Any questions, I work with the master cheesemaker...

          Best Regards, Jack E.

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          1. re: Jack Eisenstadt

            Thanks for posting aobut this. Teleme is not listed on the Creamery website. Can we buy the Cal Poly cheeses (and the teleme) anywhere locally or is is strictly mail order or pickup only on 12/8 and 12/13?

            1. re: coconutz

              Hi Coconutz,
              Cal Poly cheeses available for the holidays on their website.
              Plus on campus. Teleme, we sell through distribution in California. Also, over to the east coast through distibutors.
              Where are you located?
              Best Regards, Jack E.

              1. re: Jack Eisenstadt

                Where is it available in San Luis Obispo ?
                At the Cal Poly market on campus ?

                1. re: Jack Eisenstadt

                  Right now I am in Arroyo Grande, so I don't want to mail order it from the website. The website lists 2 days for in person pickup in December, but I won't likely be here then. So I am wondering if I can purchase some in person somewhere. Where on campus do you mean?

                  1. re: Jack Eisenstadt

                    Jack,

                    Where in San Francisco can I find the Teleme?

                    Thanks.

                2. re: Jack Eisenstadt

                  Jack - I didn't see your answer about where in the SF Bay Area one might buy some of Peluso's Teleme. ??
                  Thanks. elise

                  1. re: elisek

                    Mr. Eisenstadt does not appear to be very active on CH.
                    Likewise, the elusive Franklin Peluso has miniscule internet presence. I don't think marketing is his strong point :-(.

                    I'd suggest posting your request on the SFBA board. Hopefully we'll both find out something helpful!

                    1. re: DiveFan

                      A couple months ago I bought Franklin's Teleme at Molinari's Deli on Colombus in SF. Give them a call and see if they still have it.
                      Scolari's Groceries also have carried it in some of their stores.

                    2. re: elisek

                      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...

                    3. re: Jack Eisenstadt

                      I'm looking for somewhere to buy that wonderful cheese in Southern California.

                      1. 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: https://www.calpolycheese.com/index.html
                        Mid Coast Cheese: http://www.manta.com/coms2/dnbcompany...

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                        Cal Poly Cheese
                        Mt. Bishop Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA

                      2. Here's a link to the Cal Poly Cheese website:

                        http://www.calpolycheese.com/

                        1. Not quite sure why my earlier post disappeared, so I'll try again.

                          Frankin's Teleme is available (per SheanaD) at:

                          Whole Foods in Fresno

                          New Leaf in Santa Cruz

                          Taste in San Diego

                          It's not yet available at the Cheese Store in Beverly Hills.

                          I've posted the retail outlets for SF, Napa, and Sonoma on the SF Board.

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                          1. re: PolarBear

                            Just received an email from Franklin that it's also available at Sam's Deli in Fresno.

                            [Edit to add] Also mentioned that since he sells through distributors he's not always aware who all carries his product, so check out some of the nicer cheese shops, you might just find it.

                            1. re: PolarBear

                              His teleme is absolutely the best. I buy it regularly at Napa Valley Olive Oil in Healdsberg. I cannot imagine anyone saying it has gone downhill. We're just so glad he's back!

                              1. re: amandal

                                FYI, I just bought some of Franklin's Teleme last week at the Whole Foods in Petaluma. I've now converted from Brie!

                            2. re: PolarBear

                              PB, have you seen this website that appears to represent Mr. Peluso:
                              http://www.franklinscheese.com/index....

                              BTW I haven't seen Franklin's Teleme in SoCal yet, even at the monster Whole Foods in El Segundo. None of the CA distributors are in SoCal :-(.

                              1. re: DiveFan

                                Yes, this is the resurrection after selling off Peluso.

                                Send him or the lady I mentioned an email, they may have increased distribution.

                                1. re: DiveFan

                                  Distributor The Cheeseworks is located in Alameda, but distributes goods throughout Southern California, don't know if anyone in SoCal is buying Franklin's.

                              2. I picked up some Teleme at the Encinitas Farmers Market sold by Spring Hill Cheese. Unfortunately I cannot find it for sale on their website so you may have to head to the FM to get it..
                                http://www.springhillcheese.com
                                http://www.sliceofsonoma.blogspot.com/

                                1. HAve you considered contacting TASTE in Hillcrest. They are often mentioned on the board as a place to find hard to find cheeses.

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                                  Taste
                                  1243 University Ave, San Diego, CA