11 N School St
Lodi, CA 95240
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How good does it feel to put on a light sweater instead of raincoats and boots? Amazing! The bobbing heads of daffodils and tulips bring a fresh look to the landscape, in morning sunshine and trilling of birds. Fabulous! And the cheese counter? New goodies are here, too! Come in for a bite, please. Lemony, sweet, spicy and mixed milk cheeses are ready to make an early evening cheese tray on the patio, or picnic the best thing since--well, you know.
The Pantry shelves have new flavors, too, and others are scheduled to come and tingle our tastebuds in the near future. Our take-and-bake French baguettes will be a perfect accompaniment to new spreads and dips, a no-effort loaf that you bake at home for yummy slices and great house-filling aroma! Check out some of the new products, below.
Several customers have asked if we can stock Tete de Moine, a luscious cheese from Switzerland that requires a girolle to shave perfect rosettes for serving. We have now Tete de Moine in the shop AND girolles to do the shaving! Even if you didn't grow up in a family with this tradition, no time like the present to start a tradition of your own. Check it out!
PLEASE NOTE: Monday and Tuesday hours are still 10am-2pm. But make a note to see us Wednesday through Saturday with new shop hours having been extended as of April 1, 2023. We are now open 10am to 6pm on Wed-Sat, instead of closing at 5pm. Come on by after work to pick up something delectable to enjoy before or with dinner! Many of our items make a terrific dessert board, too... mmmmmm
Can't wait to see YOU!
Cindy and Staff
Cate, Gina, Kim, Diana
PS We are hiring! Looking for a 12-hour a week person for the register. Want to join our cheesey team just two days a week? Fill out our application (see website Employment Opportunities) and bring it into the shop. We'd love to meet a fellow "mouse" and treat you to the tastes and joy of our cheesey atmosphere!
100% water buffalo milk gouda, produced by Central Coast Creamery in Paso Robles
sweet and creamy, so snackable!
From France, a creamy goat round coated in thyme, tarragon and pink peppercorns. A whiff of Provence every time you take a bite... love it by itself on crackers, but try it spread on bread and topped with lox. A breakfast treat
MOLITERNO AL TARTUFO
Northern Italian sheep's milk cheese, rich and butter, with injection of truffle paste! Earthy aroma and flavor is a delightful table cheese, as well as a terrific grating cheese over pasta
Are you ready to join a public class, have a great cooking experience, and meet new foodie friends?
The first list of public classes, since the March 2020 lockdown! So many of our guests have been wanting to resume pre-Covid activities in our Grand Central Kitchen, and we are ready to oblige with the first public class list that you can join, below.
We have removed the classes from the list that are completed. A new list.
NOTE: All classes listed below are Culinary, hands-on unless noted otherwise, and are $85 per person. This experience includes a full meal and the appropriate alcoholic beverage, along with a class booklet to go home with you.
May 5 6-8pm
Ever made your own tortillas, and enjoyed it warm from the griddle? Ever done a side-by-side sampling of canned enchilada sauce and the homemade version? Delicious Mexican cuisine isn't just tacos. Come and explore some exciting new Mexican flavors, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. Ole!
Just a few seats left!
"ART" OF FRENCH CHEESE
May 13 11am-1pm
Start Mother's Day weekend with a gift for Mom. A no-cooking presentation of good food and delicious wine. Just sit and enjoy the delightful flavors, all parts of a typical French meal, and a "palette" of cheese. This presentation was first introduced in Summer 2022, with overwhelming approval from participants! Let's lift a glass of Provencal-style rose to those wonderful French cheesemakers.
Hurry to snag a seat or two!
MIDDLE EASTERN FOR BEGINNERS
May 26 6-8pm
A delicious meal made with dishes that you may have had in a restaurant. We explore quick pickling recipes and meze platter construction, two entrees that are easy weeknight deliciousness, and a surprise dessert that will have you coming back for more!
Just a couple seats left!
PRIVATE CULINARY PARTIES
We also offer private party classes, too! A great group activity, and kitchen skills are taught with fun and love. Great recipes to take home, and since class is participation, you have had a chance to make them with me! The classes listed above are some choices for the current season, but there are quite a few more to pick from--call for details. Choose one, and follow the directions below to arrange your own private event.
Bring your friends and family (minimum of 8, maximum of 10). Plan for future happiness by purchasing a gift certificate. Enjoy a themed book club class. The options are endless!
Here's what to do:
--Send email to
CheeseCentralLodi@hotmail.com, with an inquiry for possible dates for your exclusive private cooking class
--Pick a cooking topic
--Gather a group of 8-10 friends or family, or co-workers
--Show up to the shop on your appointed date...hungry and ready to cook and drink wine (or beer) and have a fun event
All cooking classes: $85 pp
includes a full meal and adult beverages (see above for seasonal topics)
Cheese 101: $65 pp
you leave very full of good cheese!
Bread Baking: $65 pp
for beginners and mid-level bakers, go home with baked and raw bread products, and a happy full tummy
PARKING FOR CLASS PARTICIPANTS: Street parking is limited, though available. Feel free to park in the F&M Bank parking lot (after banking hours) and walk through the alley to School Street. The parking lot on Church St. across from F&M Bank is public parking after 5 pm daily and on weekends. The entrance to the public parking garage is on Pine Street at the Lodi Arch. Free and accessible to all three levels.
New items in stock now
NEW GRAB N GO ITEMS
IN THE BEVERAGE CASE
Four kinds of olives, including blue-cheese stuffed and garlic-stuffed, in small cups
Three kinds of tiny salami, no slicing needed and definitely pop-able! Petite chorizo, Milano, and Calabrese. The Genoa salami is pre-sliced, and in a reclosable package
Three fabulous dips: artichoke jalapeno, sun-dried tomato, and pesto dips. Open and enjoy with crackers, mini toasts, or baguette
Cheese sticks? Skip the processed versions and grab a stick of Beecher's of Seattle handcrafted cheddar! New this week, we also have tiny whole Brie produced in France. Creamy and delicious!
The Happy Hour Box is stocked in this fridge, too. Appetizers for two, the box includes two cheeses, salami, olives, quince, Marcona almonds, dried fruit, crackers and disposable
table mat, napkins, and knives.
$35 / box
order ahead if you would
like multiple boxes for an event
THERE'S MORE NEW STUFF
ON THE SHELVES AND IN THE CHEESE CASES, JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO TAKE A PEEK... ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR A TASTY TREAT?
Here's a hearty sandwich with all the flavors of sunny Greece.
8 slices firm bread
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
1 t dried oregano, crumbled
1/3 C feta, crumbled
1 C shredded mozzarella
16 oz frz chopped spinach,
thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 C thinly sliced green onions
1 C milk
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground pepper
1/2 C shredded Parmigiano
In large bowl, mix together cream cheese, oregano, feta, mozzarella and green onions. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Be sure to combine well. Divide the cheese mixture and spread on 4 of the bread slices. Top with remaining bread. Place sandwiches in 9x13 baking dish.
Whisk together the milk and eggs. Pour the mixture over the sandwiches. Lift the sandwich with spatula to let the liquid mix soak the bottom slices, as well. Sprinkle the Parmigiano over the top of the sandwiches. Cover with alum foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 375*. Remove baking dish from fridge while oven is heating. Bake, covered, for 20-25 minutes. Remove foil, bake 5 minutes or until top is browned. Serve immediately... Yummy
Easy to serve with Avgolemono soup, or a crunchy and vinegary Greek salad? I'm in for both....
Cheese: A Love Story
watch it on Hulu
6 episodes of cheesey details on our favorite subject, filmed in the areas where they are made, or aged. Gear up your cheese knowledge, taste something new to you after learning about the history.
Definitely a binge-able series!
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Check out the blog below, and add knowledge to your own enjoyment of cheese. Janet Fletcher, a local cheese expert, author and blogger, explains the purpose and edibility of cheese rinds. The big question? Can I or should I eat the cheese rind? We get that asked in the shop all the time! Read on for the definitive answer.
LOVE A GOOD GOAT CHEESE?
Chevres have come a long way... not only are goat's milk cheeses the soft crumbly kind that you may remember, but also aged to firm texture for slicing or grating. Some of the wonderful goat cheeses in our cheese cases include:
---Montenebro (pictured below)
From Spain, handmade by a father/daughter team
---Midnight Moon Aged in Arcata California. A medium-aged gouda of goat milk, but produced in Holland for the creamline program by Cypress Grove. Sweet and caramelly!
---Seascape A 6-mo aged cheddar of mixed cow and goat milk, especially for those who are easing their way into the chevre world Made in Paso Robles
....Any dollar amount,
customized for you
....A great gift for any
holiday or occasion
....Can be ordered in
shop or by phone
....Phone payment easy
with VISA or MC
....Can be picked up in
shop, curbside or
One team member has stated "leave the jelly beans for the little kids, give me a basket full of cheese!"
EASTER Gift Baskets
MOTHERS DAY IN MAY
GIFT BASKETS by
So many gift baskets go to lucky recipients during the Christmas holidays, but food gifts are welcome all year! We customize your basket, choosing goodies totaling any budget you choose.
A shiny and crisp cellophane wrap with a bright bow, in a special box or basket, with goodies from our cold cases or shelves. Ask for a non-perishable basket of treats from the shelves, and insert a gift certificate for your recipient to come in and choose their favorite cheese to go with the boxed goodies! Or, let us pick the cheeses to go with the goodies, and give a cold basket gift.
Call today to schedule a basket pick-up, even if it is for a gift sometime in the future! We don't charge you until the basket is wrapped up, and YOU can check that chore off your To Do List.
209-368-3033 during shop hours.
CALL 209 368-3033 Phone registration with VISA or MC