The most exciting and illuminating cheese moments we’ve experienced have come when we’ve gone to the source: the creamery, the cheese cave, the milking parlor, the pasture. Connecting with expert cheesemakers, affineurs, and dairy farmers brings a whole new dimension to the cheeses we love.
That’s why we launched our Meet the Makers Quarterly Subscription Box. This immersive, educational subscription brings some of the best American artisan cheeses to your door 4 times per year—plus a subscriber-only virtual tasting and Q&A session with the expert makers behind the wheels.
It’s a fun and educational way to experience cheese that will give you a new appreciation for this incredible and delicious food (and yes, it makes a great gift). Here’s why we think hardcore cheese fans will love our Meet the Makers subscription.
It features four of the best cheeses from one award-winning cheesemaker in every box.
Our Meet the Makers subscription allows us to focus on the most spectacular cheeses in a cheesemaker’s lineup. That can mean a diverse mix of wheels made in different styles and from different milks, as with our Goat Rodeo box last fall. Or it can mean a deep dive into a single style, like we did when we featured a handful of Marieke Gouda’s many incredible Gouda flavors and ages last summer.
Whatever the mix, you can be sure that we’ve vetted each cheese for deliciousness—but don’t take our word for it. Each Meet the Makers box so far has featured wheels that scored big at cheese competitions and award ceremonies, including one American Cheese Society Best in Show medalist!
Subscribers get exclusive access to a virtual cheese tasting with the maker each quarter.
Any cheese subscription can ship a few tasty wedges to your door and call it a day, but our Meet the Makers program does so much more. With each box, you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to a virtual tasting with the skilled artisans behind the cheese. Make yourself a little cheese plate, log on to Zoom, and pop a bottle while these artisans at the top of the cheese game tell their stories and share their expertise.
For our last Meet the Maker event in December, master cheese grader and Deer Creek Cheese owner Chris Gentine walked us through his process for aging the best tasting cheddar possible. We got a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the top cheese professionals out there. His mellow bandaged cheddar, The Fawn, was recently selected by the White House to be served at a state dinner with French president Emmanuel Macron! It doesn’t get much more elite than that.
We encourage subscribers to log on in real time for these exciting live events—it’s much more fun that way! But if you can’t make the live Zoom, we’ll send you a video recording so you can still learn and taste on your own.
You’ll get an immersive cheese education plus delicious cheese 4 times per year.
We believe the best way to learn about cheese is to taste it—and that as you learn, each bite tastes more delicious. At our subscriber-only virtual tastings, you’ll get lessons in milk chemistry, the cheesemaking process, global cheese traditions, sensory evaluation, and cheese care at home that you can use to live your cheese life to the fullest, all direct from the cheesemaker’s mouth.
So what are you waiting for? Subscribe now to kick off your Meet the Makers subscription with our March shipment featuring 4 incredible cheeses from award-winning Old Chatham Creamery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Plus, you’ll receive 15 free sheets of reusable cheese paper with your first box!
What are you excited to learn at our next exclusive Meet the Makers virtual tasting? Tag us @cheesegrotto on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and let us know!