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ISO Telame cheese

DiveFan Sep 21, 2006 12:50 AM

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. Melanie Wong RE: DiveFan Sep 21, 2006 07:12 AM

    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!

    Franklin Peluso
    Henry M. Guerrero
    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
      DiveFan RE: Melanie Wong Sep 28, 2006 03:27 AM

      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.

      1. re: DiveFan
        miss louella RE: DiveFan Sep 29, 2006 07:49 PM

        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.)

      2. re: Melanie Wong
        Jack Eisenstadt RE: Melanie Wong Oct 26, 2006 12:38 AM

        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. PolarBear RE: DiveFan Sep 28, 2006 03:56 PM

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

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          Jack Eisenstadt RE: DiveFan Oct 26, 2006 12:30 AM

          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
            coconutz RE: Jack Eisenstadt Nov 4, 2006 10:42 PM

            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
              Jack Eisenstadt RE: coconutz Nov 5, 2006 12:51 AM

              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
                Bruce in SLO RE: Jack Eisenstadt Nov 5, 2006 03:03 PM

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

                1. re: Jack Eisenstadt
                  coconutz RE: Jack Eisenstadt Nov 5, 2006 06:23 PM

                  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
                    Nancy Berry RE: Jack Eisenstadt Nov 6, 2006 05:31 PM


                    Where in San Francisco can I find the Teleme?


                2. re: Jack Eisenstadt
                  elisek RE: Jack Eisenstadt Sep 27, 2007 07:32 PM

                  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
                    DiveFan RE: elisek Sep 28, 2007 12:21 AM

                    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
                      Bruce in SLO RE: DiveFan Mar 18, 2008 04:59 PM

                      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
                      Nadine Squier RE: elisek Sep 12, 2008 05:31 AM

                      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
                      aporter RE: Jack Eisenstadt Mar 16, 2008 03:54 PM

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

                      1. re: Jack Eisenstadt
                        DiveFan RE: Jack Eisenstadt Mar 16, 2008 05:24 PM

                        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...

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

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                        Nancy Berry RE: DiveFan Nov 5, 2006 01:04 AM

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


                        1. PolarBear RE: rotie77 Sep 13, 2008 01:40 PM

                          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
                            PolarBear RE: PolarBear Sep 15, 2008 04:46 PM

                            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
                              amandal RE: PolarBear Sep 16, 2008 04:27 PM

                              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
                                digitalsharky RE: amandal Dec 6, 2008 05:14 AM

                                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
                              DiveFan RE: PolarBear Dec 7, 2008 01:45 PM

                              PB, have you seen this website that appears to represent Mr. Peluso:

                              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
                                PolarBear RE: DiveFan Dec 7, 2008 03:26 PM

                                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
                                  Melanie Wong RE: DiveFan Dec 7, 2008 09:36 PM

                                  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. Pablo RE: DiveFan Dec 8, 2008 08:47 AM

                                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..

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                                  normalheightsfoodie RE: DiveFan Dec 9, 2008 10:22 AM

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

                                  1243 University Ave, San Diego, CA

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