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The gastronomic pleasures of Studio City’s Artisan Cheese Gallery

Posted By Karen Young On January 4, 2010 @ 7:56 am In Catering,Eat,Featured,Food,Gourmet/Market Cafe,Grocery Markets,Markets,My Daily Find,Other,Restaurants,Shop,spotlight | 3 Comments

carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

The holidays may be over, but as Martha Stewart and The Barefoot Contessa will tell you, it’s always wise to keep some food staples on hand to be able to whip up that quick bite. The Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City can make any host or hostess look like a pro.

Artisan Cheese Gallery has everything you need for parties, picnics, gifts or surprise guests. From wines and cheeses, to spreads, crackers, and specialty oils, there’s no reason to drive over the hill.

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Cheese platter prepared by Artisan Cheese Gallery. Photos: Karen Young

“We have between 150-200 cheeses in stock, depending on the season,” says owner Melody Dosch, who adds that many come from small farms, including Sonoma’s Andante Dairy.

“The cheesemaker is Su Yung Scanlan, a former violinist for the Boston Philharmonic… she specializes in goat and cow milk cheeses, primarily soft bloomy rinds, but she also does some aged cheeses as well, ” explains Dosch.

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A large variety of sandwiches are on the menu. Perfect for picnics.

Among the other brands are: Twig Farm cheeses from Vermont which are made with goat’s milk (many of them are unpasteurized) and Rivers Edge Chevre from Longmont, Oregon and a variety of the Neal’s Yard Dairy Cheeses, which come from a variety of small dairies in England, Scotland, and Wales. Doestch isolates some of the more interesting as Berkswell, Strathern, Ardrahan, and Stinking Bishop.

Wine.

Select wines ($11-18) to pair with cheese.

Sarah West, Level 1 Wine Certified sommelier and expert Fromagere (cheese person), says some of her top cheese picks available at the shop include Italian Burrata (a sweet, soft textured mozzarella made with cream for silkiness), Seal Bay Triple Cream Brie (a rich, buttery cow’s milk cheese from Australia) and their nine-year-old Parmigiano-Reggiano that she calls pretty amazing.

Cheese, wonderful cheese.

There are between 150-200 cheeses in stock depending on the season.

Having a party?  You can always create your own platter with the many choices available, however to make it easier on yourself, the Artisan Cheese Gallery offers special, custom-made cheese platters. Try such selections as Tresor de Normandie (French brie), Ossau-Iraty (French sheep’s milk cheese) and Beemster XO (sharp and crunchy Gouda from Holland). Brillat-Savarin Frais (fresh version of a French cow’s milk triple cream), Tomme de Bordeaux (French semi-firm goat’s milk cheese covered in herbs and spices) and Amuse Signature Gouda (aged 2 years from Holland). Platters come with nuts, and fresh and dried fruit. Prices range from $6 to $25 per person depending upon how extensive and elaborate the platter.

Other food items.

Gourmet specialty items fill the shelves.

Artisan Cheese Gallery carries plenty of gift ideas for any foodie. Some nice choices include a beautifully packaged French Fleur de Sel ($15), Italian organic white balsamic vinegar ($15), figs stuffed with nuts from Chile ($18), Winter white honey from Finland ($14), and Tony Packo’s Sweet Hots pickles ($8.99 and served with every sandwich at the shop). They also create beautiful gift baskets.

And more cheese.

Cheese selection come from farms and dairies.

Michael Failla, Wine Director at the Artisan Cheese Gallery, explains the wines he picks are well chosen choices. “I try to buy small production wine from artisan, high-end wineries. Their lower priced items are still very good.” Most wines run between $11 and $18 and include bottles from France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the U.S.

Artisan Cheese Gallery is also a great place to grab a quick bite. They offer a wide range of salads, sandwiches and specialties, such as the Zagat-rated duck confit sandwich or the very popular in-house roasted garlic lamb Panini. Eat in or take it to go — perfect for a picnic.

Also, not to be missed — select wine and cheese events throughout the year.

Salad.

Choose from a variety of salads to eat in or take out.

Artisan Cheese Gallery 12023 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 Phone: 818-505-0207 Hours: Monday-Sat. 10:30am-7pmSunday—9am-5pm, Metered parking on street, free in back lot. www.artisancheesegallery.com

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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