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The Ultimate Cheese Lover's Prize with the James Beard Foundation

We are very excited to be a part of the James Beard Foundation's largest summer fundraiser, Chefs & Champagne®.  This event celebrates 40 chefs who embody leadership and commitment that JBF supports through its many programs including Awards, Women’s Leadership, Impact programs, and Scholarship, including announcement of the 2018 recipient of Christian Wölffer Scholarship.

Honoree: Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer of Bravo’s James Beard Award winning and Emmy award-winning Top Chef, food expert, model, actress, and best-selling author

When: Saturday, July 28th

Where: Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack, NY

Attendees: 1,000

Cheese Grotto has contributed a donation of the Ultimate Cheese Lover's Prize, which is now open for bidding.  You can see the full description of our offering here, which includes:

  • An extensive, 4-course cheese tasting for up to 35 people, complete with four wine or beer pairings, seasonal accouterments, and educational speaker Jessica Sennett, the founder of Cheese Grotto
  • One Cheese Grotto Classico humidor
  • One-year cheese subscription, shipped quarterly

Tickets are available to the event here!

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Shipping Details


If you have purchased cheese hardware from our Grotto collection, it usually takes us 1 to 3 business days to ship your order, unless otherwise listed on the respective product page.

Cheese Orders

As the cheeses are a fresh product, we want to ensure the quickest transit time as possible, so your order arrives in the best possible condition.  Express shipping costs range from $25 - $55 depending on the package size, delivery window, location and carrier. We ship Mondays only each week, and orders must be placed by Thursday the week prior to be included in Monday's shipments.  If you purchased a cheese subscription with a set shipping schedule (Meet the Makers or any Gift Subscription), please refer to the respective product page for the fixed shipping schedule.

Please note: cheese ships from our cheese warehouse and hardware ships from our hardware warehouse. If you are purchasing both hardware and cheese, there will be a shipping charge for the cheese portion of your order.

International Orders

We are sorry, but we aren't legally allowed to ship cheese across the US border!  We can, however, ship our hardware from our Grotto collection worldwide.  Please note that the shipping costs options you see at checkout do not include customs, duties, and taxes which will be billed to you upon reaching the border, and will be an additional expense.  Those costs vary from country to country, but we recommend calculating at an additional 20% charge. If you refuse the package due to these additional fees and the hardware is returned to us, we will be able to issue a refund minus the outbound and return shipping costs.