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Cheese store in Denver?

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Kelly Sep 27, 2011 02:49 AM

Am looking for recommendations on fromageries in Denver - thinking ahead (already!) to a New Year's Eve dinner. This is the first time we'll be cooking the meal in Denver, and the cheese plate figures large in the list of attractions.

Please tell me there's more out there than Whole Foods...

(We are coming from Belgium, so artisanal US/CO cheeses would be ideal.)

Thanks in advance --

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    MyNameIsTerry RE: Kelly Sep 27, 2011 04:13 AM

    You're in luck! There is more than Whole Foods. You could try Marczyks for meats and a good selection of cheeses on 17th, but for cheese The Truffle Cheese Shop is your best bet. http://denvertruffle.com/. Tony's Market also has a decent selection of cheeses.

    Regarding local CO artisanal cheeses, try Fruition Farms or Haystack Mountain. They both recently won awards at a national cheese competition. (or was it International, I'm not positive)

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      rlm RE: MyNameIsTerry Sep 27, 2011 05:05 AM

      There is a gorgeous new cheese shop in Boulder on Pearl called Cured that is worth the trip (and their focus is on American artisanal cheeses). http://www.curedboulder.com/

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      caviar_and_chitlins RE: Kelly Sep 27, 2011 07:20 AM

      Coming from Europe, I have 2 recommendations of stores in Denver that cut to order, rather than pre-wrap. The Truffle in Cherry Creek neighborhood, and St, Kilian's Cheese Shop in the Highlands (32nd and Lowell).

      But Cured in Boulder is definitely your best bet in the American artisanal category- they have lots of cool small cheesemakers represented, and of course you can sample everything. They also have an extensive charcuterie selection.

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        monopod RE: Kelly Sep 27, 2011 08:27 AM

        Just adding a third recommendation of Cured. Their selection isn't as big as WF, but it's really carefully curated - there aren't any duds (that I've found, anyway). Plus the owners are great, and you'll find lots of great additional items for a cheese plate (try the truffle honey drizzled over a salty aged cheese... mmmmmm...).

        1. arashall RE: Kelly Sep 27, 2011 08:45 AM

          A few miles north of Denver, and east of Boulder is Longmont, CO. There is a cheese importer warehouse in Longmont that it wonderful. It's been there for many years. They will loan you a jacket to go into the refrigerated warehouse section and explore all the cheeses. There are many samples for tasting, especially on the weekends. They also have a small gourmet shop and deli which are quite nice. http://www.cheeseimporters.com/

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            wyogal RE: arashall Sep 27, 2011 05:26 PM

            They are fabulous. I've never been, but communicated with them for a project a while back and they gave me great information. The best cheese counter here in town orders their cheese from Cheese Importers.

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              caviar_and_chitlins RE: wyogal Oct 3, 2011 08:04 PM

              what "cheese counter in town" are you referring to? always looking to discover what people think is "the best"!

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                wyogal RE: caviar_and_chitlins Oct 4, 2011 06:22 PM

                Grant Street

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                  caviar_and_chitlins RE: wyogal Oct 5, 2011 07:56 AM

                  town/city please?

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                    wyogal RE: caviar_and_chitlins Oct 5, 2011 08:28 AM

                    http://www.caspermenus.com/Restaurant...

                    If you google wyoming and Grant Street, you'll get it...

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                      LurkerDan RE: wyogal Oct 5, 2011 10:13 AM

                      In a thread about cheese shops in *Denver*, I don't think many would have thought to google "wyoming". :-D

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                        wyogal RE: LurkerDan Oct 5, 2011 10:22 AM

                        My original point was that our local cheese counter (see my name) gets their cheese from Cheese Importers in Colorado. That's what I was reinforcing. Not coming to Wyoming from Colorado to get your cheese, but having experience with one of the cheese stores in the Denver area via my local store.

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            Kelly RE: Kelly Sep 27, 2011 10:14 AM

            Hallelujah! Thanks, all!

            1. JEN10 RE: Kelly Sep 27, 2011 05:40 PM

              I am newer to the Boulder area, I will be checking out Cured and Cheese Importers. Thank you for the information!!!

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                rlm RE: JEN10 Sep 28, 2011 05:52 AM

                Timely article in the Denver Post today about cheese shops in Colorado: http://www.denverpost.com/food/ci_189...

              2. Melanie Wong RE: Kelly Oct 2, 2011 05:20 PM

                For CO-produced cheese, do check out the offering from MouCo Cheese company. I posted about the washed rind ColoRouge here,
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/810334

                And no one has mentioned the three Murray's Cheese departments that have opened in the last two months in King Soopers stores. Another will be opening in Boulder too. Anyone checked 'em out yet?
                http://www.murrayscheese.com/kingsoop...

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                Murray's Cheese in King Soopers
                4600 Leetsdale Dr, Glendale, CO 80246

                Murray's Cheese in King Soopers
                6000 S Holly St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

                Murray's Cheese in King Soopers
                2750 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80222

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                  rlm RE: Melanie Wong Oct 3, 2011 07:00 AM

                  No one has mentioned them because if you really want Murray's then go to the shop in NYC. You're not getting the same level of service and care for the cheese at a run-of-the-mill grocery store (or at Whole Foods, for that matter) that you will at a local specialty shop like The Truffle or Cured, where the owners are slicing your cheese to order and have a personal stake in your happiness. Not that I don't appreciate Kroger's attempt at bringing better cheese to the masses.

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                    monopod RE: rlm Oct 3, 2011 09:35 AM

                    Perhaps a minor point, but the Whole Foods in Boulder will slice your cheese to order. I always ask for a freshly-cut piece if the ones in the cabinet don't look perfect to me, and they're always happy to oblige. And depending who you get, the WF cheesemongers can actually be quite knowledgable and eager to please. I prefer the local places generally, largely because I believe in the benefits of supporting local business and I like to have a relationship with the person behind the counter, but I've been favorably impressed at WF several times, for what it's worth.

                    No idea about this Murray's thing, though. I haven't noticed it at our local KS yet; curious to see if it's an improvement. The food culture there is so poor, though, that I can't imagine they'll put the time and money into actually supporting a good cheese department. (For example, the "butcher" had no idea what cut was used for the pork "stew meat" and then suggested tenderloin would be good for low and slow cooking.)

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                      LurkerDan RE: monopod Oct 4, 2011 08:59 AM

                      The real butchers would know, but alas, the guy behind the meat counter is often just the guy behind the meat counter, not a butcher.

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                        monopod RE: LurkerDan Oct 4, 2011 01:38 PM

                        I'm not sure they actually have butchers anymore at a lot of supermarkets; I think they may have a central facility that does the butchering and then sends it out to the stores, so that they don't have to hire actual butchers. It would make sense, given that the vast majority of the meat is in pre-packed shrinkwrap containers now, not behind the glass counter.

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                          LurkerDan RE: monopod Oct 4, 2011 02:55 PM

                          what are you going to tell me next, that there's no tooth fairy?!?!?!?

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