re: Robert Lauriston
Burrata is definitely best when consumed soon after purchase.
I've found that the locally made stuff (from Gioia) is fresher and has a longer shelf life than the stuff flown in from Italy (all burrate has about a 7 day shelf life, and it takes two days to get it from Italy to here and only a day to come from LA to heare, and it doesn't to sit in customs or for through FDA inspections)
re: Robert Lauriston
"cheeseboard" is the "standard answer" for all "east bay cheese-related inquiries".
it isnt necessarily the answer to all the questions, but it's a good default starting point,
i.e. unless it's a case of "i am looking for X and already verified cheeseboard doesnt
have it" or "i know cheeseboard has X, but i am looking for something closer to
in case you are not familiar with cheeseboard:
cheeseboard is a 40 yrs old berkeley instutition and a "founding member" of the berkeley
gourmet ghetto [other survivors being chez panisse and peet's coffee&&tea]. it is a communist
enterprise [sic] with weird hours but good prices and mostly knowledgeable and helpful
staff and a good selection of usa and euro cheese. the baked stuff is of variable quality.
yes, cheeseboard has various burratas. usually get delivery on wed or thr.
not always available ... call, if you want to be sure. they are generally very
good about allowing you to try before you buy ... including packaged stuff like
burrata. they also have domestic and imported mozz of various grades.
"cheeseboard is the standard".
p.s. there was something kinda high end they stopped getting because a
bunch of it was arriving in iffy condition, but i dont remember if that was the
really fancy burrata ... i dont think so, but again call if you care about the
"DOC(G)" of your burrata.
You can usually find it at Farmstead Cheese & Wine in Alameda. If you sign up for their on-line newsletter, they'll notify you when they receive new shipments of both their burrata and buffalo mozz. They also recently opened a second location in Montclair Village.
We go through lots of cheese, so although I'll occasionally splurge on the burrata, I find their buffalo moz is almost as tasty and a bit easier on the wallet.
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines in Alameda carries it. Their shipment comes in on Thursday, I believe, and it's usually gone by Sunday afternoon (which is about as long as it keeps anyway). If you call they'll probably put some aside for you. They also have a store in Montclair Village now.
Farmstead Cheeses & Wines
1650 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501
Farmstead Cheeses and Wines
6218 La Salle Ave, Oakland, CA