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Nov 13, 2008 05:50 AM

About Cheese on Church

Has anyone been into the new cheese shop About Cheese on Church Street? Next to Cumbrae's where This Ain't the Rosedale Library used to be. It's on my walk home. I may have to stop in tonight.

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  1. I've only just heard about it. Somebody told me it was owned by Cumbrae's but I'm not sure if that's right - does anybody know?

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    1. re: peppermint pate

      It's not owned by Cumbrae's -- it's owned by Cole Snell of Provincial Fine Foods. Snell is a cheese importer and distributor who also has a small retail shop on Yonge south of York Mills. He supplies many of Toronto's better restaurants and cheese boutiques.

    2. This place is a gem. The staff is so knowledgeable and willing to help. They have a blue cheese from B.C. that is quite simply out of this world. Oh, and no, Cumbrae's doesn't own the place...Stephen (creator/owner of Cumbrae's)owns the entire building and invited Cole to become a tenant and use the empty space. Stephen is planning on having more prepared foods sold at the back of the cheese store in the future.

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      1. re: finelydiced

        Ah, it must have been the fact that Stephen owns the building that led to the confused message I received. Thank you both for clarifying. Just out of curiosity, are you referring to Tiger Blue from BC? I tried that cheese at Nota Bene this summer and it was delicious.

        Also, how do the prices here compare to Alex Farm, All the Best, etc.?

        1. re: peppermint pate

          That's the one...give me that, a nice bottle of red, and call it dinner.

          1. re: peppermint pate

            Thanks for the rec, we got a hunk of that Tiger Blue yesterday and gobbled it up with a glass of Baco Noir. I don't think I've ever had a Blue that was that smooth or creamy.

            1. re: abigllama

              So glad you liked is truly sinful stuff!

        2. One of the better selections of Canadian artisanal cheeses. They seem a little pricey when you compare them to Loblaws for such things as Metis or Thnuder Oak, but their breadth of selection is admirable. Also, one of the few places that carry the Forbes/Gourmet Sauvage line of foraged products. Haven't been to the Church store, but if the Yonge one is any indication, you will find knowledgeable well-trained staff who will encourage you to try their products. Definitely a good retail experience.

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          1. re: Snarf

            Have to agree with everybody else. Was at the Yonge location a couple of weeks picking up cheese. Staff could not have been nicer and more helpful.

          2. I can't wait to try this place! Thanks for the info!

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            1. re: bacchus_is_watching

              Ditto. Thanks everyone for the input. I didn't stop in yet, but I walk through that neighbourhood almost everyday, so I will definitely try it out.

            2. I'm dying to try that cheese they claimed (in that Star article) it tasted like a mature Manchego. I think it's called "I wish" from Picton, ON

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              1. re: currycue

                I don't know that particular cheese but it's probably one of the ones from Fifth Town, a very cool artisan cheesemaker from Picton. I stopped by their table almost every week at the Brickworks Market, now closed for the season. I suspect they'll be moving over to Green Barns market so you can catch them there as well. I also like their Lost Lake soft chevre and their Lemon Fetish, sort of a lemony feta cheese.

                1. re: peppermint pate

                  Yes! Fifth town is the producer. Thanks for the tip. Their website is still under construction, so that's cool. Hopefully I can pass by their store in Picton some time.