Washington Gets Good Cheese
I poked my head into the shop yesterday afternoon and the first thought that came to mind was, "It's about time! Washington is finally catching up with other food-centric cities that boast small shops selling artisan foods."
For old times' sake, I selected two favorites, Humboldt Fog, an ash-veined, goaty treat and Cowgirl's signature triple cow-cream Mt. Tam. Then I asked for a surprise, something very different from the other two, which the woman behind the counter dutifully obliged with a hunk of San Andreas, a drier-textured, mild beauty made from raw sheep's milk.
If the selection is overwhelming and makes you feel faint, ask for help. Based on my visit, the staff is eager to educate on what's what and give you taste of something that piques your curiosity. The passion seems to run high, too; one employee named Katie recently quit her job as a lawyer to work with cheese full time.
For those who just want to grab their cheese and run to the park, there are daily grab bags, with three pre-wrapped selections, for $20. I like the element of surprise here, too.
Co-owner Sue Conley tells me that the Cowgirls plan to host regular cheese tastings, including one as soon as late next week. As soon as I have details, I'll post them in this space.
For a closer look at the shop, turn that dial to Channel 9 News (WUSA), Thursday evening at 5:45 p.m., when my colleague and Going Out Guru Erin Hartigan gets a cheese-filled tour.
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