In the heart of North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto lies The Cheeseboard Collective. This is the cheese mecca of the East Bay, and quite possibly the entire Bay Area. Simply entering this shop is a learning experience, one that is bound to be full of tasty samples and cheese “a ha” moments.
That’s right. Cheese “a ha” moments. Oprah doesn’t own the term, and I’m pretty damn sure she’s had some cheese “a ha” moments of her own, judging by the looks of it. I’m not hatin’, I’m just sayin’.
My particular cheese “a ha” moment on this trip was with an olive oil marinated goat cheese. HOT D A MN is all I can say.
My food bestie Matt’s “a ha” moment? A sexy little triple cream he picked up at the shop.
Cheese pron galore and info on the Cheeseboard Collective and it’s sistership, the Cheeseboard Pizza Collective, after the jump.
The Cheeseboard Collective has been around since 1967, when it was a tiny privately owned cheese shop created on a few hundred dollars worth of cheese by Elizabeth and Sahag Avedesian. Since then, it has morphed into a unique work environment, one where all employees own a part of the company and are incredibly invested in it. The store has doubled it’s size, and grown to include their pizza shop a few doors down.
If a 43 year old cheese shop doesn’t get your britches in a bother, perhaps a bit of food porn will. They seemed to have a bit of cheese…
I love how you can get just the portion size of cheese you need, whether it is for a snack or for a party. So much better than buying prepackaged cheese that comes at one price and one size. After getting our cheese on, we headed down to their pizza shop, where we got a few slices of the daily offering.
The Cheeseboard Collective
1504 Shattuck Avenuer