Viva La France
The Bistro on the Brandywine returns to culinary tradition.
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Exotic gourmet cheese is all around us. So slice into some of the really good stuff.
Chilly November air allows Janssen’s Market (4021 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-9941) to import its largest selection of gourmet cheeses, says owner Eileen Janssen. This month, splurge on the Tuma Persa, a rich and nutty Sicilian cheese. Try it with infused honey or a fig-balsamic confit.
Custom cheese platters are a specialty at Beautiful Foods (715 Rehoboth Ave., No. 10, Rehoboth Beach, 227-6282). Try French-import triple-cream Brie with —what else?—champagne. “The Brie is very whipped, so it goes great with lighter white wines and champagne,” says manager Kristin Johnson.
Lewes Gourmet (110 Front St., Lewes, 645-1661) has exotic cheeses such as white Stilton infused with mango and ginger from Dutch producer Beemster that has crunchy granules of crystallized calcium. For a true British treat, try an aged cheddar from Devon with a lager or a stout says co-owner Lou Braithwaite.
Cheese Chalet (5337 Limestone Road, Unit A, Wilmington, 239-5548) carries dozens of artisan cheeses, as well as housemade cheese spreads. Owner Henry Huffman likes the award-winning blue cheese from Australia called Roaring 40s for its creamy and pronounced flavors. It pairs nicely with Merlot or Pinot Noir.
Trader Joe’s (5605 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 478-8494) carries 94 varieties of gourmet cut cheese, so store captain Ken Schrader was happy to roll out a tray featuring creamy whole milk Double Gloucester English cheddar with caramelized onions, Italian truffle cheese, white Stilton with apricots, cave-aged blue cheese and Bavarian beer cheese. Try the English cheddar with a hearty beer. —Matt Amis