antonelli’s cheese shop…they mean to please, with cheese!

The Second in a Series of Belly-Filling Posts

Texan cheese makers. Offerings from Brazos Valley Cheese , Dos Lunas , Swede Farm  and many others are often in stock. Call ahead to order if you are looking for a specific cheese. The friendly cheesemongers adeptly answered our barrage of questions about the cheeses and local purveyors’ products, including the gorgeous bread from Easy Tiger Bakery.

The store was starting to fill up with folks eager to make their weekend selections, so we took a chance and selected a few tastes from the “orphan cheese” basket where small cuts are wrapped up and ready to go. Along with our “orphans” we grabbed a crusty baguette and added a Pecan Brittle Chocolate Bar from The Chocolate Makers Studio and chocolate-covered cocoa beans from Cocoa Puro to our Local Pickins shopping bag and waved good bye to the delightful staff.

Before we headed out to our next destination, we had to cross the street and peek in the windows at Antonelli’s Cheese House, a separate building where they host classes talks and dinners. Paul the wholesale manager, kindly invited us in and showed us around the charming space with it’s chalkboard cheese descriptions decorating the walls. Keep a sharp eye out for the updates on their classes and tastings – they usually sell out in hours!

A transplant to Austin, Paul chatted enthusiastically about his adopted city’s thriving food scene and made us promisehim we would visit Lick, an unbelievable, artisan ice cream store. (No worries on that front, it was high on our priority list!)We compared notes on the vendors we wanted to track down at the upcoming Downtown Market and Hope Farmers Market on Sat. and Sun respectively. It was clear that Paul and all the folks at Antonelli’s are as passionate about local, artisan food as they are about cheese. Their supportive energy was contagious, and we walked away charged up to meet the many artisans that bring such distinct flavor and creativity to Austin’s food scene.

Check back for our next post on the vendors and characters we encountered at the Austin Farmers Markets.

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