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Seeking cheese retailer to send out holiday packages

hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 10:21 AM

Had a bad experience last year with a company which included invoices in each gift box. Would like recommedations on smaller companies/dairies that have a great product and would do a proper job with the mailing. Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions.

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  1. hill food RE: hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 10:33 AM

    Cowgirl Creamery? pricey, but good stuff.

    1. ccbweb RE: hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 10:34 AM

      Cowgirl Creamery outside of San Francisco, CA would fit the bill.

      1. tracylee RE: hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 10:36 AM

        My Dad regularly ships Cougar Gold from the WSU Creamery as Christmas gifts for family and friends. He worked there in college way back when.

        Washington State University: WSU Creamery
        Pullman WA, Pullman, WA

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          fern RE: hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 10:49 AM


          Please consider this group of Trappist monks in Kentucky who put out absolutely delicious cheeses. Wonderful fruitcake (really!) and bourbon fudge, also. They have added new cheeses in recent years but my favorites are still the mild, aged, and smoked. Wonderful and nicely packaged. I think you'd be very happy, as would the recipients!

          I like supporting these hard-working guys, too.

          1. LNG212 RE: hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 12:31 PM

            Artisanal puts together some great packages.

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              JoanN RE: LNG212 Dec 2, 2008 07:43 AM

              I received a gift from Artisanal about a month ago. It was very well wrapped and the cheeses were at the peak of perfection. Truly among the best cheeses I'd ever had in my life. Even in Paris. I couldn't have been more thrilled.

              I would point out, though, that the cheeses really shouldn't sit around for any length of time between when they're delivered and when they get put in a fridge. They were packed with cold gel bags, but I wouldn't send a package to someone who, for instance, would need to pick it up somewhere and wouldn't be able to get to it for a few days. The information slip from Artisanal says that the cheeses should be eaten within a few days. I'm sure there's some leeway there, but these are not, for the most part, cheeses that can be saved for a couple of months.

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              RichK RE: hopegoode Nov 30, 2008 01:05 PM

              Grafton Cheese Company Grafton, VT

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                laguera RE: hopegoode Dec 2, 2008 07:19 AM

                Murray's Cheese in New York. They have a fabulous selection of cheeses from all over and have many different gift boxes for different price points. They even have a cheese of the month club!


                1. MMRuth RE: hopegoode Dec 2, 2008 07:25 AM

                  Ideal Cheese in NYC is another option, but I also think you can't go wrong with Murrays or Artisanal.


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                    Delucacheesemonger RE: MMRuth Dec 2, 2008 07:52 AM

                    Cheese on 62nd in Manhattan, has a manager who makes awesome baskets and packages, 212-980-5544, address 134 E 62nd. Their selection of product is as good if not better than anything in the city.

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                    MIss G RE: hopegoode Dec 2, 2008 09:20 AM

                    Dean and Deluca ships...hopefully, that wasn't the company `with the bad experinece.

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                      fern RE: hopegoode Dec 2, 2008 09:43 AM

                      Back to say that I was about to order from Murray's because the recipents know it and would get a kick out of that but then I found the shipping would be $25. Went back to Gethsemani Farms and their shipping was free. The cost of the packages I was interested in was about the same but the free shipping clinched it for me.

                      I am not saying Murray's isn't worth every dime, just that for me I'm watching my pennies and I love the GF product anyway.

                      "Free Shipping" is music to my ears this year. :)

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                        hopegoode RE: fern Dec 8, 2008 03:24 PM

                        Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up using the Gethsemani Farms recommendation and will let you know the feedback from the gift recipients.

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