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Dallas's Scardello Artisan Cheese Provides Cut-to-Order Goodness to Cheese Enthusiasts

By Marina Jokic

Thanks to his grandfather's love for food and spending time with family, Rogers developed a passion for cheese over the years and found it to be a great beginning to any meal and even a greater indulgence as a dessert. For Rogers, cheese represents not only an appetizing introduction to a meal, but also a way of extending a meal and prolonging an interesting conversation, for instance.

"When you buy locally, you are supporting local artisans and their craft," says Rogers. The cheese shop offers 150 fresh, cut-to-order seasonal cheeses as well as made-to-order sandwiches, but it is the passion of the staff that sets them apart from other stores. Scardello also offers specialized classes on the different varieties of cheese, cheese pairings, charcuterie, Italian wine and cheese, European standards, and local beers. The shop's goal is to educate others about foundational knowledge of cheeses while building a solid reputation for industry expertise and customer service.

Cheese 101 is a class that allows attendees to nibble their way through the different cheese types and familiarize themselves with basic facts. Participants receive a cheese board with seventeen cheeses and accompaniments like fruit, nuts and honey, a glass of wine and a brochure explaining each of the cheese samples. The class covers the basics of producing cheese, how to properly serve and store cheese, and questions about pairing fundamentals. Reservations are required in order to attend the course, and tickets are available online for forty dollars. It is one of Scardello's most popular classes and was rated D Magazine's Best of Big D winner for Best Adult Education in 2009.

Another class which visitors find engaging and useful is The Out of this World Cheese Pairings, offering attendees classic accompaniments as well as a few unexpected ones. Each participant receives a board with eight cheeses along with the accompaniments including prosciutto, jams, pickled figs, berries chocolate, quince, pesto and umami paste. The class covers cheese-pairing fundamentals and answers any additional questions participants might have.

One of Scardello's best sellers is their goat milk gouda called Brabander. Goat milk can be overpowering, but Brabander draws outs the sweet and nutty notes in the milk. Their other best seller is the King of All Cheese, a Parmigiano-Reggiano, made by a small, organic producer and aged over two years. This particular Parmigiano is very flavorful, yet moist and balanced.

Rogers points out that if you were to combine the triple crème cheeses that they carry, they would be their best seller. The soft, lush creaminess of these cheeses paired with fresh berries makes for a winning combination. The shop hopes to keep its doors open for many years to come while empowering local farmers and cheese producers.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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