For the past two weeks, the cheese world has been grieving. You may not see it from the outside, but on the inside – behind cheese counters everywhere – there are invisible violins playing Greek rhapsodies. They play for Daphne Zepos, a cheese doyenne who died of cancer on July 3, 2012. Two years ago, I happened to be at a tiny birthday bash for her at Di Bruno Bros. on 9th Street, where I snapped this picture.
I've always loved cheese! I grew up in South Philadelphia, and I remember occasionally going to our 9th St. store as a kid. I ate everything I could! Unfortunately, I liked it all! As I got older, I started to appreciate good food; cheeses were on the top of the list.
Since 1939, Di Bruno Bros. Cheesemongers have been “celebrating great food and great people” by providing Philadelphia residents and visitors with exceptional products, knowledge and service. That’s seventy-four years of great mongers striving daily to develop their techniques, expand on their knowledge and work as a team in an effort to offer our customers the best products and service available, anywhere.
Di Bruno Bros is once again participating in the Cheesemonger Invitational on June 23rd at 6pm in Long Island City, NY. Now in its third year, the event draws makers, mongers, and rabble from the cave to compete for cash prizes and a chance to throw down against the best in the business.
Summer is almost here. Visions of backyard cookouts and weekends at the New Jersey shore come to mind. Our Catering Department is always thinking of new ways to offer you gourmet eats for a good price for any occasion! Summer is the perfect time to acquaint yourself with our catering offerings.
Di Bruno Bros. is once again proud to be supporting and participating in the 2012 Italian Market Festival on May 19 and 20. This celebration of all things Italian, and the nation's largest outdoor market, draws large crowds every year from all over the city and region.
If you love beer, then Philly Beer Week—a festival to celebrate beer in Philadelphia—is the ultimate event for you. This 10-day celebration of the ‘Best Beer-Drinking City in America’ highlights the region’s diverse beer scene – its world-class breweries, neighborhood taverns, trend-setting restaurants and rich beer culture and history.
Elegance, patience, admiration, appreciation: these are just a few words that come to mind when I think of Andante Dairy. The name andante, a musical marking meaning “a moderate tempo, strolling walk”, when uttered in the small walls of our shop roars like a lion to all of our taste buds. Just the sight of the brown UPS boxes stamped “California” alone makes me want to jump out of my skin. I’ve come to realize since I’ve been working around cheese that there are just some cheeses that DO NOT EVER disappoint.
Fall is the season for bold and hearty flavors, rich and soul satisfying food, and my favorite activity… camping. Ninth Street linguistics expert Mark Bomalaski and I set off for roughneck adventure along the Pine Creek in northwest Pennsylvania, hiking and fishing for three days and two nights. Between the two of us, we have a collective year of experience sleeping under the stars, not bad for city kids.