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Mail order cheese gift

Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 06:41 AM

Any suggestions for a mail order source of sampler gift packs (Christmas items - newly weds). I'd prefer a maker of cheeses vs. traditional gift basket companies, but also question if a producer would have much selection. A nice assortment is preferred without being traditional nor over the top.

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    small h RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 07:54 AM

    There must be thousands of good answers to this question, but here are three of my favorites in Manhattan.


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      teezeetoo RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 08:27 AM

      I've used Murray's several times and been rewarded by happy responses from those I've gifted.

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        HillJ RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 08:42 AM

        If you have a nice cheese shop/maker in your area, a gift cert along with a cheese knife, board and/or book on cheese is another way to go. Or, you can buy a GC from one of the recommendations made here and customize it further with a board/knife/book.

        Buying cheese is half the fun and buying fresh around the needs of your gift recipient means they can buy cheese as they want to; not necessarily all at once.

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          Clams047 RE: HillJ Nov 10, 2013 08:53 AM

          Unfortunately, both families are thousands of miles away - thus the mail-order approach. May have to investigate if anything is conveniently local to them. (Good cheese shops, but no local cheese maker here)

          Murrays did catch my attention via internet search, along with Wisconsin Cheese Mart.

          Of course, there's still plenty of time.

          Thanks for all the suggestions.

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            HillJ RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 08:56 AM

            Then I completely understand. Figured I'd start by asking what's nearby. You can still buy a GC online rather than select the cheeses yourself. It gives the recipient more flexibility on food that is so diverse. Murray's and igourmet are both consistently reliable per CH's. I've ordered large qty cheeses from Murray's but never ordered through igourmet. Both co's. offer a large volume of choices.

        2. jpr54_1 RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 11:41 AM

          what is the destination of the cheeses?

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            Clams047 RE: jpr54_1 Nov 10, 2013 04:54 PM

            greater Atlanta and downtown San Francisco

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              Ruth Lafler RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 08:27 PM

              Sending chese to San Francisco is sending coals to Newcastle. There are a number of excelent cheese shops in San Francisco, including the aforementioned Cowgirl Creamery.

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                HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 11, 2013 05:25 AM

                And, you might change your mind after running the cost of shipping. The Cowgirl Creamery shipping charges would have added $56.00 to my order so I didn't go through with the order.

                Love their cheese, I buy what I can get local.

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                  Ruth Lafler RE: HillJ Nov 11, 2013 09:32 AM

                  Yikes! I know shipping cheese is expensive, but that's ridiculous. I get $5 shipping from igourmet through my Shoprunner membership (free through American Express).

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                    HillJ RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 11, 2013 09:34 AM

                    Yes, I've read about the Shoprunner membership on the Cheese board a few times.

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                      Ruth Lafler RE: HillJ Nov 11, 2013 11:28 AM

                      If you're going to mail order cheese, it's the way to go.

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                    Clams047 RE: HillJ Nov 12, 2013 07:55 AM

                    A Cowgirl Creamery gift card seems to be the way to go for the SF gift.


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                      HillJ RE: Clams047 Nov 12, 2013 08:31 AM

                      Absolutely. Especially with your gift going to someone living in San Fran. Now you need a cheesemonger in Atlanta!

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                        HillJ RE: Clams047 Nov 12, 2013 11:24 AM

                        Another suggestion to accompany a GC is a book about cheese. There are some nifty new titles out there. I'm reading this one right now: http://www.amazon.com/Di-Bruno-Bros-H...

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                          HillJ RE: Clams047 Nov 12, 2013 11:25 AM

                          And a super friendly CH just posted a link to this book that might be fun to partner with a CC GC.


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                  thegforceny RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 11:48 AM


                  1. Ruth Lafler RE: Clams047 Nov 10, 2013 02:35 PM

                    Cowgirl creamery has gift baskets that include their own cheeses combined with other artisan chese makers.

                    1. jen kalb RE: Clams047 Nov 11, 2013 12:33 PM

                      we are satisfied customer of Fromages.com and order their cheese boards annually, but admittedly (these are sent fedex from France) its pricy with shipping.


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                        gildeddawn RE: Clams047 Nov 12, 2013 12:06 PM

                        Zingerman's has a lovely selection of handmade cheese. It's expensive, but nice.


                        1. bbqboy RE: Clams047 Nov 13, 2013 03:04 PM

                          rogue creamery-

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                            HillJ RE: bbqboy Nov 13, 2013 05:43 PM

                            Shipping starts at $15.00, now that's more like it!

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