February 17, 2015

I had yesterday off from work, and to celebrate the three-day Valentine’s weekend, on Friday night two of my coworkers and I decided to treat ourselves to a cheese plate and a bottle of wine at Artisan Cheese Company, one of my favorite downtown Sarasota shops. It was a chilly evening, at least by Florida standards, and crowding around the shop’s community table, the wine warming our bellies as we sampled the cheese, was super delightful.

Artisan Cheese Company is very active on Instagram, and prior to leaving work, the owner–my friend Louise–posted a snap of a little wheel of goat cheese with black Italian truffles (!) running through it. My eyes nearly bugged out of my head when I saw it–I mean, goat cheese and truffles? How can you go wrong?–so I ended up buying myself one, and I savored it over the course of the weekend. The mild-but-still-tangy goat cheese paired perfectly with the richness of the truffles, and if I had more foresight, I would have stirred some of it into some scrambled eggs and eaten it for breakfast. As it was, I made do eating slices of it right off the wheel at the kitchen counter, trying to ration out my portions and thanking the cheese gods that R. isn’t into dairy the way I am.

If you can get your hands on it, and I highly recommend that you do, the cheese is Guffanti’s Cremosa Tartufo–it retails for about $12. I promise you will enjoy every bite.

Photo via Artisan Cheese Company

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