Vegan cheese isn’t an oxymoron. Some creative Asheville vegan chefs are taking the idea of dairy-free cheese to a new level.
With nearly a dozen local creameries in the area, quality, craft-made cheeses are in abundance in Asheville — something both the Cheese Store of Asheville and the WNC Cheese Trail are hoping to educate eaters about through the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest on April 26. As a fundraiser for the festival, the Cheese Store of Asheville will host a cheese tasting and movie night this week at Metro Wines.
News on indoor holiday markets, a winter community potluck, evaluations for amateur winemakers and a free tasting of Alpine cheeses.
Looking Glass Creamery opened its facility in 2009. Jennifer Perkins had been working as the cheese maker at the famed Blackberry Farms in Tennessee. When “it got to a point where we were going to have to move out there full time,” she gave up her work at the respected agritourism destination and start a creamery of her own.
Creamy cheese melted over a hot granite slab, a selection of savory or sweet accompaniments, a glass of wine and good conversation: This is the essence of raclette, the centuries-old Swiss dining tradition introduced to Asheville in late November by Creperie Bouchon.