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Posts Tagged ‘2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalist’

Lankaaster: Local Glengarry Cheese Grand Prix Pick of Canadian Cheeses

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

My cheese choice this week was an easy one, shining the spotlight on a local winner from the “academy awards” of cheese competitions, The 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix. Named for a combination of the town of Lancaster, outside of Alexandria (East of Ottawa off Highway 34) & and “kaas”, the Dutch word for cheese, is Lankaaster, winner in the semi-soft category. Accolades go to Glengarry Fine Cheese and gourmet artisan cheesemaker Margaret Morris.

Lankaaster is a semi-soft to hard cheese, made from the milk of local Brown Swiss cows shaped in a loaf and coated in a colorful waxy rind. You’ll find it rich, dense, a little chewy, with barny aromas, butter and nutty flavors, and a mild fruity tang. The overall texture becomes dry and crumbly with age, and the cheese more intense. Yummy! Both Lankaaster Aged and Lankaaster are best mixed in, and used to top your favourite pasta dish under the broiler. Also available in a wide variety of flavours: Chive, Cumin, Peppercorn and Italian (Ladies take note – it’s a favourite among guys.)


Cheese: Lankaaster
Glengarry Fine Cheese
Interesting Fact:
Lankaaster is a Gouda (pronounced “How-da”)-style cheese, sharing the same characteristics as the international favorite Dutch farmstead cheese.


Enjoy! – Vanessa

Calling all cheese lovers!

Posted by Vanessa

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Savvy Company is thrilled to sponsor The Great Canadian Cheese Festival!

June 4-5 2011 @ The Crystal Palace in Prince Edward County

For the first time in Canada, The Great Canadian Cheese Festival brings together the country’s leading cheesemakers from coast-to-coast so cheese lovers can meet to learn, talk, taste and buy the best in artisan, farmstead and specialty cheese—and sample fine wine, craft beer, cider and artisanal foods. Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons is one of the presenters showcasing the artisan cheeses that will give culinary inclined Canadian much to be proud about.

This first-of-its-kind festival takes place June 4th & 5th at the historic Crystal Palace in Picton – Prince Edward County, Ontario’s newest wine region and fastest-growing culinary destination. For more information about The Great Canadian Cheese Festival and to buy tickets visit: and make a weekend of it!

Finding Figaro at Glengarry Fine Cheese

Posted by Vanessa

Monday, March 7th, 2011

I say that there is good karma in artisan cheese.  Made not only with top-notch ingredients and creative recipes, but also with the positive energy of the skilled cheese makers.   Glengarry Fine Cheese produces  Figaro.  This is my “little black dress” on my cheese board. Perfect for any occasion, always in style, versatile and ready to shine at a moment’s notice.

Glengarry is an artisan cheese making company North of the 401 near Cornwall, Ontario.  Margaret Morris and her hardworking team makes delicious cheeses from the fresh milk of their Holsteins cows raised on the family farm across the street.  Figaro is their elegant, velvety, soft cow’s milk cheese, handled with much TLC.  It’s the palest of cream colours, and comes packaged individually in small squares.  Light, milky and sour cream aromas give way to a lip-smacking, delicate, and fresh yeasty taste.  Enjoy tossed in your favourite pasta with smoked salmon or grilled vegetables.  Pair with a lightly oaked Chardonnay such as Savvy Selections featured wine – Huff Estates South Bay Chardonnay.

Cheese: Figaro
Producer: Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, ON
Where to buy in Ottawa: Thyme & Again Creative Catering, The Piggy Market – both of these shops are on Wellington St. in Westboro
Interesting Fact: Glengarry cheeses are 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix finalists


Enjoy! – Vanessa