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The TAS Cheese Tour

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A. Tongola Goat Products, Huon Valley

B. Gradvewe Cheeses, Birchs Bay

C. Bruny Island Cheese, Bruny Island

D. Pyengana Dairy, Pyengana

E. Elgaar Farm, Deloraine

F. Ashgrove Cheese, Elizabeth Town

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16 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on The TAS Cheese Tour | Filed under: Popular , The Great Aussie Cheese Trail

The VIC Cheese Tour

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A. RedHill Cheese, Redhill

B. Berry’s Creek, Gippsland

C. Maffra Cheese Co. Maffra

D. Tarago River Cheese, Gippsland

E. Yarra Valley Dairy, Yarra Valley

F. Vannella Cheese, Thomastown

G. That’s Amore Cheese – Melbourne

H. Milawa Cheese Co. Milawa

I. Locheilan Farmhouse Cheese, Murray

J. Holy Goat Cheese, Sutton Grange

K. Meredith Dairy, Meredith

L. L’Artisan Cheese, Timboon

M. Shaw River, Yambuck

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16 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on The VIC Cheese Tour | Filed under: Popular , The Great Aussie Cheese Trail

The NSW Cheese Tour

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New South Wales is Australia’s most populous state and is recognised by the NSW Government Department of Primary Industries as the dairy state with the most regional differences of any Australian state.

There is no greater showcase of these regional differences then in the increasing number, variety of style and quality of boutique, farmhouse cheese; largely produced and sold through local networks of farmers markets and restaurants.

Australia had no goats, cows, sheep or buffalo until white settlement in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip sailed into Sydney Harbour and off loaded from the First Fleet boats limited livestock for milk and meat.

He did so straight onto the sandbank that is today famously known as Bennelong Point; originally called Cattle Point, as the cattle were held there in make shift enclosures. This sandbank has been built up and is now home to the Opera House.

Unbeknown to many, Sydney Harbour NSW has this rich history in Australia’s milk and cheese industry.

It was at this time in Australia’s history and from this exact region, now known as NSW, that our nations dairy industry in general and cheese industry specifically commenced.

Continued exploration and migration of people and livestock by ship down Australia’s east coast is how our dairy and cheese industry migrated to other regions.

Ideal dairy farming regions were discovered by settlers today known as VIC, TAS and SA where the majority of Australia’s dairy output comes.

Here are our suggestions for The NSW Cheese Tour :

A. Paesanella Cheese, Marrickville

B. Pecora Dairy, Robertson

C. Small Cow Farm, Moss Vale

D. Highland Organics, Southern Highlands, Moss Vale

E. Bodalla Dairy Shed, Bodalla

F. ABC Cheese Factory, Tilba

G. Hobbit Farm, Barry Way Jindabyne

H. Second Mouse Cheese Company, Orange

I. Jannei, Lidsdale

J. Leaning Oak Mudgee, Leaning Oak Winery & Dairy Mudgee

K. Hunter Belle, Muswellbrook

L. Bangalow Cheese Co, Byron Bay

M. Marrook Farm, Manning Valley

N. Binnorie Dairy, Hunter Valley

O. Willowbrae Cheese, Wilberforce

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15 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on The NSW Cheese Tour | Filed under: Popular , The Great Aussie Cheese Trail

Guilde Internationale des Fromagers

Claudia with Cheese Royalty; David Gremmels & Cary Bryant

Guilde Internationale des Fromagers

“Last night it was a great honour to have been inducted into the ‘Guilde Internationale des Fromagers’; a most prestigious, French Cheese Association” – Claudia Bowman

Nine robed, official Les Guilde Internationale members including; President Roland Barthélemy, Cathy Strange- global cheese buyer for Whole Foods Market, David Gremmels, co-owner of Rogue Creamery, Louis Aird, specialty cheese director for Saputo in Canada, and Philippe Chevrollier the director of Artisan Cheese for Bongrain, recognised Claudia Bowman of ‘McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemonger’s’ outstanding contribution to the Artisan Cheese Community.

Claudia Bowman was awarded the exclusive title of ‘Garde et Jure’; protector and judge of dairy products and cheesemakers, at what was the 130th induction chapter in the guilde’s history.

The ceremony was held in Alexandria at The Simon Johnson head office and was opened by Roland Barthélemy and Cathy Strange, North American Guilde Internationale des Fromagers Ambassador.

Barthélemy defined the Guilde as being ‘Since 40yrs we are protectors of dairy products and cheesemakers’ and described the ceremony as ‘a monumental occasion’
as it was the first time in the guildes history of visiting and initiating an Australian chapter.

Other Sydney honourees in which awards were bestowed included;
Jill Dupleix
Terry Durack
Niel Perry
Serge Dansereau
Simon Johnson

(more…)

24 Jan 2012 | Comments Off on Guilde Internationale des Fromagers | Filed under: Archive

Artisan Box of Cheese- delivered to your home or office

As featured in the current edition of Instyle Magazine, Dec 2011

Click here to visit our shop and buy today!

 

 

Many thanks to (our now best friends at) Instyle Magazine who most generously featured our Artisan Cheese Box in the ‘Christmas Gift Guide’ of their Dec 2011 edition.
-Every small business’s dream!

Look for the cover with the fabulous Sarah Jessica Parker.
And hey! Be encouraged to LIKE their facebook page, commenting on how impressed you are to see your favourite cheesemongers getting a feature.

Maybe if they see how many cheese lovers read their terrific publication, and they identify an uncharacteristic increase in both Facebook LIKES and magazine sales, they may attribute this to the inclusion of our unique Artisan Cheese Box and maybe even one day, wish to have me write a regular cheese column for them? wow! I wouldn’t say no.

I was originally thinking of calling this post ‘Cheese In The City’ but thought it would be, well a bit too…. cheesy.

I’ve thought about it a lot, and I strongly believe there to be no coincidence between SJP being on the cover of this months edition and us being recommended as a great gift idea.
Perhaps even a great connection… All that amazing cheese; a perfect concentrated source of calcium and protein for keeping her well manicured, expensive looking hair, skin and nails in check!

Could it be that she in fact, requested that we be featured in the edition that she was to grace the cover of?

Was she even perhaps, eating our cheeses after the photo shoot, in the green room?

… we may never know.

But what we can definitely confirm, is that when you purchase our Artisan Cheese Box you will enjoy next day Delivery FREE OF CHARGE to your boardroom, office or private residence!*
(*deliveries must be within 20-30 km from Botany- any further away and there may be some additional delivery expenses incurred)

This box of gorgeous and unique cheese is;
Perfect if you need cheese for various gatherings over the weekend!
Perfect if you want to go in with workmates/ flatmates or neighbours for a box of cheese to share!
Perfect for office drinks with colleagues on Friday!

and P.E.R.F.E.C.T. as a gift for that foodie friend or family member on ANY occasion!

Try this service for just $149. Click here to visit our shop and buy today!

Delivered to your office or home you will instantly be able to see and taste the value!

We pride ourself on choosing the best of the best seasonal cheese on the morning of your delivery!!
Because of this, the produce and can vary from what is showcased here in the attached image.
Specific cheese can not be requested- it just gets too complicated!!
Trust that you will be receiving a mixed box of incredible and fabulous artisan cheese, not readily accessible, that we select to best represent our brand, to the value of $149.

Your going to LOVE it.

 

 

 

18 Nov 2011 | Comments Off on Artisan Box of Cheese- delivered to your home or office | Filed under: Archive

Eat off Slate

Introducing our dramatic new range of slate platters… stunning, hardy and most importantly, easy to clean!

As specialists in artisan and farmhouse cheese experiences, our new range of slate platters perfectly compliment our cheese events and services.

But our Slate Platters aren’t limited to cheese!! …………
They are most accommodating of sushi, canapes, charcuterie and desserts.

Our Slate Platters make excellent gifts for any cheese lover, foodie friend or family member and are extremely well priced!!

Our unbeatable price point will make you want to order your Slate TOADY!!

 

100 x 350 $15
200 x 350 $25
300 x 300 $25

We source our slate from Wales where it is cut from a 300yr old quarry, located near the village of Besthesda in Gywnedd county. I will be visiting this quarry next week whilst in the UK for the 2011 World Cheese Awards in Birmingham, UK.
An absolute highlight of this trip will be a tour of the National Slate Museum.

I have become ridiculously passionate about slate.
I have developed this rather consuming interest in how it has formed, what uses it has, how different it can be depending on where in the world it has been sourced.

I love how dramatic food looks a top
as a busy mother of two…. I love how easy it is to maintain
I love the way it evokes comments from people
I love that it is a natural, organic product….
And I have been LOVING a change from all my wooden boards…… I just love Slate!


Slate- did you know?

Welsh Slate is proven to be the toughest natural slate product known to man.
People have been quarrying slate in north Wales for over 1,800 years. Slates were used to build parts of the Roman fort in Segontium in Caernarfon, and in Edward I’s castle at Conwy.
But it was with the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century that the slate industry really took off.
As small villages such as Manchester exploded into large towns and then cities with the coming of mills and factories, there was an enormous demand for slates to roof the long terraces of houses built as homes for the workers – as well as the foundries and factories themselves.

View our Slate Photo Album on Facebook

Our slate products are cut to size, cleaned, treated, polished and assembled in Potts Point!

Cleaning and Care Instructions:
Our slate boards are not chemically treated or sealed in order to sustain the organic and rustic nature of a magnificent product derived from the famed Cambrian period formed 590 millions years ago.
Our slate products are easily cleaned. Simply wipe off chalk, cheese, crumbs etc with a damp tea towel or wash under running water.
We do not recommend dishwashing or using harsh detergent and cleaning chemicals.

Our slate products are easily refreshed. In order to maintain a wet, slightly polished aesthetic, wipe slate with a natural fruit oil such as an almond, walnut or olive oil prior to service.

 

Our Slate Platters come with;
a protective burlap satchel
and protective sticker pads for base to prevent board sitting flat on surfaces

 

Buy our Slate from the Online Store of our Website

 

 

16 Nov 2011 | Comments Off on Eat off Slate | Filed under: Archive

McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemongers Slate Cheese Boards

Slate Cheese Platter

Cleaning and Care Instructions

Our slate boards are not chemically treated or sealed in order to sustain the organic and rustic nature of a magnificent product derived from the famed Cambrian period formed 590 millions years ago.

Our slate products are easily cleaned with soapy warm to hot water.

Whilst we use our slate so often that we have become comfortable just whacking it in the dishwasher, we don’t really recommend using harsh detergent and cleaning chemicals.

Our slate products are easily refreshed. In order to maintain a wet, slightly polished aesthetic, wipe slate with a natural fruit oil such as an almond, walnut or olive oil prior to service.

 

Each McIntosh & Bowman Slate Cheese Board is accompanied by;

  • A Protective burlap satchel
  • Protective sticker pads for base to prevent board sitting flat on surfaces

 

To order your own Slate Cheese Board please contact us

7 Oct 2011 | Comments Off on McIntosh & Bowman Cheesemongers Slate Cheese Boards | Filed under: Archive

Pack your bags, its an EXPRESS UK cheese tour!

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The privilege of judging on the Supreme Panel of International Judges at this years World Cheese Awards 2013 is a blessing which hath again been bestowed upon me, and as the line up of ridiculously fantastic foodie experiences is simply too excellent not to share…. we have turned it into a tour with 3 tickets already sold!

24th November 2013 – 2nd December 2013

Just 6 days on the ground in the UK (there and back in 8) means that this tour is perfectly manageable for hectic work schedules or parenting responsibilities.

Please be warned, this tour is not for the faint of heart or palate challenged…

We believe we have put together an action packed, interactive, express tour of a lifetime with some of the hottest names in the UK food scene for an unbeatable and unique itinerary that will include:

This experience retails for $6,267 and includes:

  • return flights
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • transportation
  • all activities
  • 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches

The cost of rtn airfares are currently included in the cost at $6,267 however deposits must be paid to secure flight bookings at current rates before Friday 18th October 2013.

After which the cost of the experience will escalate relative to the expense of the flights.

Register your interest now to receive more information.

Bookings for this trip are extremely limited and with 4 now already sold, this tour will book out! Bookings with their deposits received first will be given priority.

View some images from our experience judging at the 2011 World Cheese Awards UK via Facebook album.

4 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on Pack your bags, its an EXPRESS UK cheese tour! | Filed under: Archive

Tasmanian Cheese Tour 2013

Snap shots of Tasmania

Experience the best of Tasmania!!

Back by popular demand, we are again offering our Southern Tasmanian Cheese Tour.

We have been working alongside some of the hottest names in the Australian food scene to come up with an unbeatable and unique itinerary for a quick trip to the southern most tip of Australia.

17th January 2014 – 19th January 2014

An express 3 day tour ensures that this experience is perfectly manageable for hectic work schedules or parenting responsibilities.

Day 1

  • Fly into Hobart
  • Then off to a seriously amazing whisky tour and tasting at Larks distillery at Mount Pleasant to see award winning, artisan whisky being produced
  • MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) tour that includes Lunch as well as Cellar Door tasting and tour experience at both winery and brewery
  • Checking into 4 star accommodation in Hobart city near wharf
  • Beer & Cheese Experience and Dinner at ‘The Farm Bar’ with the awesome Ashley Huntington, brewer and owner of the 2mt Tall Brewery 

Day 2

  • A walk through the Salamanca Market for our morning coffee, croissant and shopping
  • Before being transported to The Agrarian Kitchen with Rodney Dun former editor of Gourmet Traveller…..Rodney and his wife Sevrine run a breathtakingly amazing cooking school in the countryside

Day 3

  • The day starts with a farm visit to Grandvewe Organic Cheese Co and Winery for a ‘meet the maker’ and cheese and wine tasting and farm tour
  • Before being dropped off to Bruny Island Cheese Company for lunch, a Cheese Making Workshop and cheese and wine tasting with Nick Haddow.
  • Then on to Bruny Island for the award winning Eco Cruise with Robert Penicott on his power boat around Bruny Island
  • Then on to meet Hans Stutz and Esther Haeusermann and visit their Goat Cheese Dairy market stand at the Cygnet Market for a cheese tasting and meet the maker experience
  • Fly back to Sydney

 

This Experience retails for $2,500 and includes flights, accommodation, transfers, tastings, classes and most meals

The cost of rtn airfares are currently included in the cost at $2,500 however deposits must be paid to secure flight bookings at current rates before November 11th 2013.

After which the cost of the experience will escalate relative to the expense of the flights.

Email info@mcintoshandbowman to register your interest now and to receive more information.

McIntosh & Bowman specialise in the education and appreciation of Artisan and Farmhouse Cheeses produced by the very best cheese makers from Australia and around the world.

Tasting Experiences • Cheese Making Workshops • Local and International Gourmet Food Tours

16 Oct 2013 | Comments Off on Tasmanian Cheese Tour 2013 | Filed under: Archive

Download Now!

It’s here!! Our Educational Cheese iPhone App

I am thrilled to announce that apple have approved my cheese app and that it can be downloaded from the apple store effective immediately!

We have already had over 40,000 downloads!! NOW just $2.99 in-app purchase.

Ask The Cheesemonger…. what can i say…….it’s all you could ever want to know about cheese at the click of your thumbs!

Ask The Cheesemonger is the ultimate cheese application for both industry professionals and cheese enthusiasts alike.

This educational application profiles hundreds of cheese from around the world and comprehensively answers the most frequently asked cheese questions. It also suggests beverage matching options, allows users to search hundreds of cheese by milk type, cheese style, country of origin, and rennet type and features a cheese challenge that tests the enthusiasts knowledge of cheese, with scores that can be posted to Facebook, twitter.


I am excited that I can continually update this app with all the new cheeses from ever corner of the world as I keep discovering them. We have also held back a lot of content so that we can upload more cheese each month. This application has only just begun.

I collaborated with the skilled and creative developers Protein One, the brains behind the #1 Lifestyle App,  ‘Ask The Butcher’, to bring the most comprehensive cheese app to iTunes.


As we receive a H.U.G.E. amount of cheese questions to our website every day; from everything from how do you get the holes in swiss cheese? why are some cheeses orange? what’s the difference between brie and camembert? it was important that a primary function of this cheese app was to be educational and answer these FAQ in the most comprehensive way we could to allow cheese enthusiasts better access to the information they are craving.
It is after all the information age, and as everyone wants to be an expert, here we have the perfect cheese guide.

Ask The Cheesemonger has been designed to simplify and demystify the often confusing subject of cheese and in doing so provides enthusiasts with the product confidence that will enhance future cheese experiences.

Impress your friends and colleagues at your next dinner party with your knowledge of the wonderful world of cheese!!

Download Now

 

20 Dec 2011 | Comments Off on Download Now! | Filed under: Archive