Vermont Butter & Cheese wins second place overall at the American Cheese Society

first_imgVermont Butter & Cheese Creamery announced today that their Bonne Bouche won second place overall at the American Cheese Society’s annual cheese competition in Seattle WA. The reserve champion award was among six ribbons that the company received for their creamery’s crème fraiche, cultured butter, quark, feta, and Coupole. With record breaking entries, Bonne Bouche was judged among 1,462 cheeses made in North America.‘This is the most exciting award of our 26 years of making cheese and entering contests,’ said company co-founder, Bob Reese. ‘Not only did we win for the aged goat cheese category, but we also won among the 92 first place winners across all 350 categories.’ The American Cheese Society’s annual competition is considered one of the world’s most influential and prestigious competitions in artisanal and specialty cheesemaking.French for ‘a good mouthful’, Bonne Bouche is a 4 oz ash-ripened goat cheese. The cheese is ladled by hand and drained overnight. Fresh out of the cheese forms, Bonne Bouche is sprinkled with salt and poplar ash, dried, and cured in a cool and humid ‘aging room’ for up to two weeks where it develops its distinctive wrinkled rind. ‘It has taken a decade to perfect this cheese.’ said co-founding cheesemaker, Allison Hooper. ‘The milk changes seasonally and we are adjusting the recipe to accommodate those changes. Assurance that the cheese will be predictably delicious at six to eight weeks old when the consumer buys it takes a commitment to quality.’Bonne Bouche is one of a signature line of four surface-ripened cheeses. Choosing to establish this French-style cheese made in America for the American market, Hooper said, ‘For this small goat cheese to make its way to the winner circle and be judged against the formidable mountain-style cheeses tells us that the judges recognize a good cheese of this type when they see it. While it may be well known in France it has taken some time for our customers to embrace the distinctive wrinkled rind, a visual clue that the cheese will have a mild and sweet milk flavor.’ Like the early years of pioneering fresh goat cheese, the creamery is committed to breaking new ground with aged goat cheeses, like Bonne Bouche, by sampling chefs, retailers, and consumers one at a time.In their twenty-seventh year of business, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery is a leading American creamery crafting innovative, all-natural fresh and aged goat cheeses, crème fraiche, mascarpone, and European-style cultured butter. The creamery supports a network of more than 20 goat dairy farms, providing milk that meets the highest standards of purity, and is a proud contributor to the health of local agriculture.  Source: Websterville, VT—Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery. 9.8.2010last_img read more

Badgers must regroup, improve

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoLisa Stone, head coach of the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team, has until Friday to regroup her team after what has been an eventful week. After falling to the defending WNIT champion Wyoming in an overtime thriller last Tuesday, the team got back on track, defeating Ole Miss 74-57 in the Holiday Pepperdine Tournament in Los Angeles.Wisconsin easily handled Ole Miss in the tournament opener, a game in which Wisconsin’s size advantage allowed the team to grab a season-high 58 rebounds.”I really liked what our team did and how our team looked,” Stone said in her Monday press conference. “[We] played good defense, shared the basketball, had four players in double figures and did some really good things against a good team.”Looking to build off of the win, Wisconsin (2-2) never got the chance to play in the tournament’s championship game. Though Badger hopes had been high, they were quickly doused by the rapidly approaching Californian wildfires. Regarding chances to reschedule the, Stone left everything in the hands of the Pepperdine staff, supporting the decision to put safety first.”They did try to move the game, but the right thing to do was to cancel the tournament,” Stone said. “They had evacuated the campus. [Safety] is way more important than basketball.”The team will now hit the road once more for the annual Big Ten-ACC challenge that will send the Badgers to Charleston Friday when the Wisconsin will meet up with Virginia (4-3). Weak spots identified early onExpectations were lofty for the experienced Badgers heading into the season, but now with two losses already this season Stone, though impressed with the team’s cohesiveness, is looking for improvement.”[Team chemistry] is at an all-time high, and we’ve spent a lot of time together,” Stone said. “They need to work some things out themselves and not have us walk them through everything, and I think I’m starting to see some of those things.”Free-throw shooting and turnovers have plagued Wisconsin in the early part of the season, but Stone is nonetheless confident the team will be able to shape up in those areas. “We’re going too fast. I think we need to slow down, be a little more patient and more deliberate,” Stone said. “We are in too much of a hurry, something we need to address and hopefully improve on.” Freshmen making impactA deep freshman class has already made its presence felt for Wisconsin. Alyssa Karel has had streaky performances through four games including a two-minute stretch against Wyoming that saw the guard force two turnovers despite missing a shoe.Fellow freshman, forward Lin Zastrow, played a key role over the weekend, posting 11 points and nine rebounds against Ole Miss, setting career-highs.”I thought Lin Zastrow had a tremendous breakout game against Ole Miss,” Stone said. “I like the development of our freshmen.”Difficult as it may be for freshmen to make strides at the Division I collegiate level, the Badger freshmen have been making progress each game. Natural talent has helped Zastrow thus far, establishing herself in the post position.”It’s hard for a post player, getting used to the physicality of Division I basketball,” Stone said. “[Zastrow’s] has that ability to score and rebound, and she did a really, really good job on a very physical post player.”last_img read more