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  • Jacksonport Denies Liquor License to Cheesemaker

    The Town of Jacksonport decided at its Jan. 24 meeting that there are too many future opportunities within the town to sell one of its three reserve liquor licenses to a business owner in the Town of Egg Harbor. Mike Brennenstuhl of Door Artisan Cheese, a new business taking shape on Hwy. 42 across from […]

  • The Cheese Insider: Wisconsin, Queen of the Dairy World

    During the first week of October every year, Wisconsin hosts The World Dairy Expo in Madison, the largest gathering of all things dairy in the world. The show has everything from livestock judging, nutritional and equipment suppliers, educational seminars, and a variety of other exhibits and demonstrations. I have attended this annual event the past […]

  • Door Artisan Cheese Taking Shape, Hopes to Begin Production by Year’s End

    If you’ve had occasion to drive Hwy. 42 through Egg Harbor recently, you can see Mike Brennenstuhl’s dream taking shape in the form of Door Artisan Cheese Company at 8103 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor. “It’s going pretty good,” said Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker Brennenstuhl. “I think we’re probably close to 50 percent in completion of the […]

  • The Cheese Insider: How to Taste Cheese

    When you begin the joyous task of consuming cheese, consider these helpful hints: Before tasting any cheese, be sure to allow the cheese to come up to room temperature. If you have a wedge/piece of cheese larger than what you plan to eat/serve, then cut off the amount you think you will need, leave that […]

  • Free Limburger and Aged Brick Samples at Wisconsin Cheese Masters’s Stinkfest

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters will present the second annual “Stinkfest” on Sept. 24, 1 – 3 pm. This outdoor event will feature free samples of the very “aromatic” Wisconsin Limburger and Aged Brick. New this year: visitors will not only be offered samples of the most odoriferous cheeses, Wisconsin Cheese Masters is going to be grilling […]

  • Autumnfest, Election Theater & More Weekend Plans

    It’s the first weekend of autumn in Door County! Head to one of this weekend’s fall festivals, prep your cold-weather reading lists, or help Door Community Auditorium celebrate its first major anniversary. Friday, September 23 DCA’s Silver Anniversary Twenty-five years ago, the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek opened its doors. In the years since, […]

  • The Cheese Insider: American Cheese Society’s Best of Show

    Little Mountain, an alpine style cheese crafted by Master Cheesemaker Chris Roelli, won the prestigious Best of Show at the American Cheese Society competition held in Des Moines, July 27-30. This year’s competition had a record number of entries: 1,843 cheeses and cultured dairy products. Winning a ribbon in any of the different classes is […]

  • The Cheese Insider: The Art of Artisan Cheese

    I will be off to Des Moines, Iowa this week attending the annual American Cheese Society conference. This event takes place in a different city each summer and is attended by more than 1,200 cheese enthusiasts, including cheesemakers, retailers, specialty food companies, and an assortment of other cheese-related industries. It is a fun event because […]

  • Renard’s Cheese Celebrates 55 Years of Cheesemaking

    A lot has changed in the world since 1961, but at least one good thing has not. A bite of Renard’s cheddar tastes exactly the same today as it did more than a half-century ago when Howard Renard began producing it in the little Rosewood Factory on County Trunk S near Algoma. Renard’s has seen […]

  • Cheese Insider: National Dairy Month

      June, National Dairy Month, is celebrated by dairymen across the United States. National Dairy Month was established in 1937 by a group of chain stores to promote consuming milk and dairy products. The original theme was “Keep Youthful – Drink Milk.” The National Dairy Council took over this effort in 1939 and made it […]

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    Cheese Presentation and Tasting at Wine Fest

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese is proud to partner with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy in Kewaunee to bring Master Cheesemaker Steve Hurd to Egg Harbor on June 25 for a series of events in partnership with the Door County Wine Fest. An expert in Italian-style cheeses, Hurd will share his story and discuss his role in creating the […]

  • Uncork Summer Returns to Wickman House June 25

    The grounds of the Wickman House in Ellison Bay will transform into a foodie’s paradise when it hosts the Uncork Summer Food, Wine and Musical Festival on Saturday, June 25. In its third year, Uncork celebrates Door County’s growing reputation as a culinary destination by showcasing the county’s top chefs in a single location. This […]

  • The Cheese Insider: Proud of Wisconsin Cheesemakers

    By Michael Thomas Finally, winter has finally let go of its grip and spring has arrived. I was very busy over the winter, visiting cheesemakers throughout the state, something I don’t have as much time to do in the busy summer season. We are now busy stocking our store in Egg Harbor with the bounty […]

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Introduces Cheese Pairing Series

    The team at Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese is gearing up for its sixth season in downtown Egg Harbor and plans to celebrate with an expanded line of Wisconsin’s finest artisan cheeses. In addition to his existing collection of award-winning Wisconsin artisan cheeses, owner Michael Thomas plans to add at least 10 cheeses and five additional cheesemakers […]

  • Got A Good Grilled Cheese Recipe?

    Making a delicious grilled cheese is always a good idea, but this month – National Grilled Cheese Month – there is an extra incentive. When you create an original grilled cheese recipe using Wisconsin cheese, you’ll have a shot at a grand prize of $15,000 when you submit it in the 2016 Grilled Cheese Recipe […]

  • Cheese Seminar to Be Held In Green Bay

    Wisconsin ranks as the nation’s top cheese producing state, and at 660 million pounds, specialty cheese accounted for 23 percent of Wisconsin’s total cheese production in 2014, an increase of 19.7 million pounds over 2013. Industry experts say even more specialty cheese could find its way into international markets if the export process was simplified […]

  • Applicants Sought for Alice in Dairyland

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 69th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agriculture ambassador. Application materials are due Monday, Feb. 8. “This position has provided me with unique professional development opportunities unlike any job I’ve had before,” said Teyanna Loether, the 68th Alice in Dairyland. “Each day […]

  • Schoolhouse Cheese Shop Continues Perfect Pairings

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor has been hosting a series of cheese pairing events in a series titled “Perfect Pairings.”

  • Ridges Art Night Features Dyes from Nature

    In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Shannon Pump can be found in the woods and fields of Door County, foraging for mushrooms, sumac, pine greens and wild berries. It wouldn’t be an uncommon sight for anyone familiar with Pump and her mushroom business, Wild Door, except that instead of selling these items to local […]

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Named One of the Best Places to Eat Local Cheese

    TRAVEL + LEISURE magazine, one of the most trusted names in travel, has chosen Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor as one of the top 10 places to eat local cheese. Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese prides itself in offering the finest Wisconsin Artisan Cheese. The European-style cheese shop has been in operation for more than five […]