Our StoryTwo years after John announced on our honeymoon that he wanted to quit his job and "do something in cheese," we unlocked the front door to our very own cheese shop on February 11, 2010. We've been asked many times since, "Why a Cheese Shop?" and the answer is simple. After putting ourselves through cheese bootcamps, running a cheese club out of our house, attending cheese conferences, interning for French affineur Herve Mons, journeying through Europe, and eating our way through thousands of tasty cheese morsels, we honed in on our true passions. Then, over a bottle of wine one evening, we realized that working behind a cheese case would allow us to fulfill them all: eat great cheese, talk to whomever would listen, travel the world and spend more time together.
Ignoring all evidence of a down economy we went for it. The result is our cheese shop where we focus on sourcing the finest artisanal cheese and providing cut to order service in a relaxed, "taste before you buy" experience. Nestled into historic Hyde Park, our business has since grown to include the Cheese House. While the Cheese Shop remains our dedicated retail space, our Cheese House, located directly across the street, allows us to better serve the growing demand by our restaurant partners and customers for more cheese education and private event functions.
While you're visiting our website, you'll find many photos of the products we offer. Unfortunately you can't taste them through your screen. So come by the shop and let our passionate team of cheesemongers do what they do best: guide you through the case sharing the stories of their favorite products and offering small tastes to make you smile. We hope to see you soon.
~ John and Kendall Antonelli
Our Mission: Do Good. Eat Good.
We represent hundreds of artisanal producers making delicious and responsible food; learning their stories in person and then retelling them to our customers; and building a team of advocates for real food.
Our Core Principles:
- Passion with Purpose.
- Be True. To Ourselves. To Others.
- Be a Juggernaut of Awesome.
- Family First. Then Business.
- Improve Every Day.
When you support us, you're supporting the following practices:
On Sourcing: We partner with artisans who manage their lands sustainably and regeneratively, care for their herds humanely, source raw materials ethically, and lead their businesses and teams to do better. It's a positive circle of support and love. In that light, we work to follow the principles of the Slow Food movement in sourcing goods that are "good, clean, and fair," as well as the Good Food movement in curating a selection of foods that are "tasty, authentic, and responsibly-sourced." To that end, we are proud members of the Slow Food Austin chapter as small business members and we are a part of the Good Food Retailers Collaborative.
On Operating: We seek to minimize our footprint. We recycle and compost, minimizing our waste. We use biodegrable, compostable materials - from our cheese trays to our specially-sourced cheese paper. Daily, we continue to push forward to become a better, greener business.
On Paying It Forward: We donate goods and services to numerous nonprofit organizations and charitable endeavors. Additionally, we donate a significant portion of our time to serving our local Austin community, as well as national cheese community and our global food system. John is Vice-President of the American Cheese Society, a national nonprofit, and serves as a SKU Mentor. Kendall serves on the steering and membership committees of the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, on the board of the Austin Child Guidance Center, as a grant committee member of Impact Austin, and as a delegate at the Slow Food Nations symposium in Denver 2017. Both Kendall and John are also honored to contribute to Philanthropitch.
Here's to continuing to push the ball forward and letting our mission of "Do Good. Eat Good." drive every decision we make, working towards a positive impact for our team, our community, our producers, our food system, and our environment.
Some Exciting Mentions:
Best Cheese Shops in America - Travel + Leisure Magazine
Top U.S. Cheese Shops - The Gourmet Retailer (2017)
Best Artisan Food Company - Austin Chronicle readers' poll (2013)
Local Hero Food Shop - Edible Austin readers' poll (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Best Austin Local Eats - Austin Monthly (2013)