A few weeks ago, my friend Mike Geno received an 18-pound wheel of Grand Cru Gruyère from Wisconsin in the mail. The American Cheese Society (ACS) had commissioned him to paint a series of award-winning cheeses, but after he finished the portrait, he was left to scratch his head. What does one do with a whole wheel of Gruyère? Of course, I got a call.
Fall brings a bounty of fantastic seasonal fruits and vegetables that I crave the second the temperature drops. I love cooking this time of year: the bold spices, rich flavors, and hearty dishes you're automatically entitled to eat the moment it drops below fifty- five degrees. One recipe that's ingrained into my memory is my grandmother's apple pie.
When David Waldman comes to town he will bring with him some seriously good coffee. He will also bring his forty plus years of experience and a coffee IQ which is unmatched by anyone in this region. David Waldman is Head Roaster and owner of Rojo’s Roastery in Lambertville, NJ and it was my privilege to visit the roastery a few weeks ago for a cupping.
My first week working for Di Bruno Bros in Ardmore Farmer’s Market was an incredible experience. Prior to Di Bruno's, I had already been working in the specialty cheese industry for quite some time, but it had been a while since I worked alongside such intense, friendly, passionate and knowledgeable cheesemongers. They exude professionalism in the highest way, always putting our guests' needs first. It is just simply amazing to work next to such masters of their craft.
When I first heard that Di Bruno Bros. on 9th Street was undergoing a rehab, I experienced a shockwave of panic. As anyone who shops at the family’s original store in the Italian Market knows, this 765-square-foot cheese shop is “cozy” – a dairy warren with cured meat stalactites.
Let’s be blunt: I love this cheese! It has seriously become my favorite. As a cheesemonger, I know I'm not supposed to pick one. But out of the several hundred cheeses I’ve tried in my tenure at Di Bruno Bros., Scharfe Maxx 365 is the perfect cheese in my opinion
One of the marks of a great retailer is that he or she is constantly on an endless search for new and interesting products. Here at Di Bruno Bros., we fully embrace the spirit of Culinary Pioneering, a concept developed by our founders Danny and Joe. Danny and Joe were always on the hunt for the next great product and, as a result, were always ahead of the trend.
The first cheese that pops into my head when I think of Fall is Valdeon, a blue cheese made with Cow and Goat milk and wrapped in Sycamore leaves, from Castilla-Leon, Spain. The leaves are what remind me of fall.
Gourmet coffee lovers in Philadelphia have made Di Bruno Bros. in the Italian Market their source for buying gourmet coffee in Philadelphia. Ever since we announced the gourmet coffee program at 9th Street in June, it's gone off like gangbusters!