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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 it...it 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.

              2. Its a great little shop. The staff is fantastic, and we needed a place for cheese in the area so badly! Cole and Warren have been hard at work and doing a great job.

                finelydiced- where exactly did you hear anything about having prepared cumbraes foods in the back? The back half of the building is cumbraes wholesale division...could you have been mistaken?

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                1. re: cupcakez

                  Sorry I didn't respond until now, I must have missed it. During the renovations Stephen extended his space in the back of both stores...added another huge walk-in and more prep/cooking areas. Currently the bulk of the wholesale work is being done at the Cumbrae's location on Bayview. Stephen had plans to move more of that work to the Church St location and to also feature more prepared foods at Church St. I'm not sure if this is still being planned, however the back wall of About Cheese does not appear to be 'permanant' so perhaps there's more installation work to come? Next time I see Stephen I'll get an update for all the CH's in the hood.

                  1. re: finelydiced

                    I know stephen myself actually.
                    Just curious as I hadnt heard anything about that, and thought maybe someone had some top secret info.

                    This thread is making me want cheese though

                2. Great store, good selection. Picked up "Peter, a Washed Rind goat cheese" from the store last week and it was fantastic. They told me its from a small town in Quebec. Definitely one of the best I've had.

                  Also picked up some soft cheese from FT.

                  1. Right down the street. Definitely checking this place out.

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                    1. re: ONstilts

                      this place is great. Warren is so helpful!

                    2. I stopped in there this week. Really cute little shop with a great selection of cheeses. I tried a triple creme cheese from the US - possibly the richest cheese I've ever had in my life. It was insanely amazing. It was called Cowgirl or something like that. Oozy, creamy, artery-clogging goodness. Really friendly service and a lovely selection of artisan cheeseboards hanging on the wall.

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                      1. re: peppermint pate

                        Have they started posting prices beside the cheese? I stopped going because they never did in the earier days.

                      2. I think this store is great too... I went in for the first time because I bought a voucher of the RFD daily deal site and I am glad I bought more than one. They have some unique products that I haven't seen elsewhere (besides the cheese). I ended up getting a grilled cheese sandwich from there too and I felt like I was going to die after it... in a good way :) I would recommend splitting one just to get a taste of it. Also had a blue cheese topped chocolate chip cookie.

                        As others said, staff was very friendly and seemed knowledgeable.

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                        1. re: ylsf

                          One thing that caught my eye is that they sell Spruce Beer. Not to everyone's liking but a treat in my house.

                        2. They just started selling truffled mac n cheese with mushrooms slices in it. It was easily the best I've ever had. Soooo tasty. I really like this store they are always encouraging you to sample different cheeses so that you know you will never buy a cheese that you don't love. Unfortunately I often end up buying way to much cheese because so much of it is delicious!

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                          1. re: LiMe_83

                            im in love with their blue cheese choc chip cookie. HEAVEN. Just the right combo of sweet and salty. Someone knows how to make a great cookie!!

                            1. re: domesticgodess

                              i only got a sample, but that cookie is fantastic.

                              they make their own fresh mozzarella. it's fun to watch them pull it and eat it immediately all warm....

                              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                About Cheese is an incredible store. Go in with a fixed budget or expect to unload a lot of money there. The day I went, they had delicious wild boar artisanal sausages to taste by the cash register. I wound up buying some, plus very spicy Hungarian Csabai, in addition to a few sensational cheeses.

                                About Cheese
                                483 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C6, CA

                                1. re: 1sweetpea

                                  do you know where they were getting their csabai from?

                                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                    No, I didn't ask, but it was definitely spicy (in a warm and tasty way, not a fiery way) and had a hit of garlic to it. My only complaint was it had some unchewables. The elk sausage was incredibly delicate.

                                2. re: pinstripeprincess

                                  I agree, their mozzarella is amazing, especially when it's warm.

                            2. I guess as the OP, I should chime in. I've gone there several times now. Staff is very friendly and helpful. I love that they have such a big selection of Cdn cheeses.

                              Last time I was in, I was getting cheese for a cheese plate to serve with apple pie. I ended up with Prestige from Quebec, Provincial Smoke and Bonnechere.

                              1. About Cheese is now closed. It's been gone about a month or so.

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                                1. re: peasontoast

                                  Whaaaaaa...!? Oh sad. They were a good shop downtown. Sorry to see them go. Thanks for the FYI.

                                  1. re: jlunar

                                    Windows are still papered up but there's a sign up that says:

                                    All The Best
                                    Fine Foods & Catering

                                    Soon to be a proud part of your neighbourhood


                                    1. re: peasontoast

                                      Is this the company that ran them before? So, maybe they are just going to be doing other stuff besides cheese? Like, make it more of a takeout/prepared meals type of place? I seem to recall these may have been the same people that owned them before but maybe I am wrong.

                                        1. re: LexiFirefly

                                          I'm pretty sure About Cheese was never owned by All the Best. It was owned by Provincial Fine Foods/Cole Snell, was it not?

                                          1. re: Tatai

                                            Thanks for that, my memory was off... I couldn't remember "Provincial Fine Foods" and "All the Best" name sounded so familiar for some reason.

                                            1. re: Tatai

                                              Provincial went kaput about two years ago. For some reason I'm thinking they may have been all the best after that? I'll check in with some people about that.

                                        2. re: peasontoast

                                          I went to a wedding a couple of months month back that was catered by All the Best and it was really good.

                                          1. re: abigllama

                                            For those who might not be making the connection, All the Best Fine Foods has been operating a food shop in the Yonge and Summerhill area for almost 30 years. This will be their second location. www.allthebestfinefoods.com

                                          2. re: peasontoast

                                            Paper just came down off the windows today. If they're not officially open today then it shouldn't be long.