At the end of each year, staff members at all three of our shops – in Cambridge, the South End of Boston and in New York – fill out a staff survey. We reflect on what we have tasted over the course of the past year – moments where we were surprised (both pleasantly and unpleasantly), new and exciting food experiences, as well as the flavors we found ourselves returning to time and again. We pick our favorites and share memorable moments. Some tried-and-true items appear in our survey results year after year – other items are new and exciting finds from the current year – goodies in this instance that distinguished 2013 from all others. Here are our top ten picks culled from this year’s survey results! (more…)
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Posted in About Us, Cheese, Produce, Wine, Staff Events, Meats & Charcuterie, Chocolate, Candy & Confections, Dairy (non-cheese), Jams & Preserves, Pasta, Breads, Crackers & Snacks, Beverages, tagged Cheese, Chocolate, robiola, Wine, biodynamic, Produce, I Clivi, food, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, cocktails, organic, Sparrow Arc Farm, Mario Zanusso, vegetables, Ferdinando Zanusso, favorite foods, staff survey, EH Chocolatier, Elaine Hsieh, Catharine Sweeney, organic wine, Veritable Vegetable, favorites, staff picks, Comté Grand Cru, Belgian waffles, waffles, Fromageries Marcel Petite, boudin blanc, Formaggio Food Community, top 10 of 2013, Ardèche jams, Confitures de l'Ardèche, Pascal Raunicher, Sylvie Raunicher, housemade sausages, Salumeria Biellese, Finocchiona, M'hamsa, couscous, M'hamsa couscous, organic produce, organic fruit, shishito peppers, Tortilleria La Niña, tortilla chips, Dram Apothecary, bitters, Robiola Enrico, Salty Road, salt water taffy, taffy, Salty Road taffy, Xocolates Aynouse, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Perez, Xavi Perez, Xocolata Oli d'Oliva, Straus Family Creamery, yogurt, yoghurt, organic yogurt, fruit, salami, jams, preserves on December 4, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Cheese, Chocolate, Christmas, Gifts & Wares, Hanukkah, Herbs, Spices, Salts & Peppers, Holiday, Jams & Preserves, Meats & Charcuterie, Vinegar, tagged American chocolate, Antiqua, artisan chocolate, bacon, balsamic vinegar, balsamico, bean-to-bar, Berti 1896, boudin blanc, charcuterie, Cheese, cheese knife, Chocolate, Coltelleria Saladini, confitures, Confitures de Raphaël, Fine & Raw, food gifts, gift, gift guide, gift ideas, gifts, granola, jam, knife, knives, Mast Brothers, pandolce, pizza, pizza flour, pork rillettes, Potomac Chocolate, Rabbit Pâté, Ritual Chocolate, Rogue Chocolatier, salts, Woodblock Chocolate on November 28, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Do you have a food lover, budding chef, charcuterie aficionado or chocolate fiend in your life? Short on gift ideas? Not to worry – we’ve got you covered! Our staffers thought long and hard to come up with their top picks for what they would give to food-loving friends, family members and loved ones – here are the results: (more…)
Posted in Formaggio Food Community, Meats & Charcuterie, tagged charcuterie, charcuterie share, charcutière, FFC, foie gras, Formaggio Food Community, pâté, pork, pork rillettes, pork sausage, Rabbit Pâté, sausages, veal pastrami on November 11, 2013 | 1 Comment »
One of my favorite times each month is when Julie, our in-house charcutière, begins making the amazing treats that she includes in each month’s Formaggio Food Community (FFC) charcuterie share. I’ve always been a huge fan of her regular selections (her chicken liver mousse and duck pâté make me weak in the knees!), so it is exciting to see her experiment on new recipes each month for the FFC. If I’m lucky, she will even let me be her taste tester. As with her usual charcuterie, she always uses super fresh, local ingredients. I recently jumped at the chance to write a blog post about her charcuterie share so that I could take home a full share and enjoy all that it had to offer! (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Meats & Charcuterie, Spain, Travelogues, tagged acorns, Berrocales, Cabra Berrocales, Cheese, Chiviri, Chorizo de Iberico, eau de vie, El Chamizo, food, Iberico, Iberico pig, jamón, Jamón Iberico, Jamón Iberico de Bellota, José Antonio, Lomo de Iberico, Mil Ovejas, pata negra, Queseria Berrocales Trujillanos, Spain, travel, Trujillo on October 12, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I recently had the opportunity to attend a small festival of food producers in the Extremadura region of Spain with fellow food buyers representing small shops as well as large distributors from around the world. I had never been to Spain before and was thrilled to be able to visit a country with such a rich and diverse culinary history – and to be able to discover new and delicious products for our stores. (more…)
Posted in About Us, Cheese, Christmas, Gift Giving, Gifts & Wares, Grains, Rice, Flours & Beans, Hanukkah, Herbs, Spices, Salts & Peppers, Holiday, Jams & Preserves, Meats & Charcuterie, Olive Oil & Specialty Oils, Pasta, Staff Profiles, Wine, tagged Arraya, Bleu des Basques, Comté, food, food gifts, gift ideas, Ihsan Gurdal, rillettes, robiola, Sainte-Maure Belgique, Saveur du Maquis, Vacherin Mont d'Or, Valerie Gurdal on December 12, 2012 | 4 Comments »
Ihsan and Valerie own and run the Formaggio Kitchen family of stores. As is true of any folks passionate about their jobs, work intertwines throughout all aspects of their lives. Their travels – frequent and far-flung – are largely dictated by the food producers they want to meet or to revisit, by rumors of new and exciting foodstuffs and/or food conferences such as “Cheese,” the biennial Slow Food festival held in Bra, Italy. Their larder and wine cellar are stocked with favorite items they have imported or new items they are testing out. Even when on holiday, they are in direct communication with all three stores, coordinating deliveries from Europe and generally checking to make sure everything is on track. (more…)
Posted in Cheese, Chocolate, Christmas, Coffee, Gift Giving, Gifts & Wares, Grains, Rice, Flours & Beans, Hanukkah, Meats & Charcuterie, tagged charcuterie, Cheese of the Month, cheese of the month club, Chocolate, coffee, fondue, food, gift guide, gift ideas, grilled cheese, presents, truffles on November 14, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
We know that shopping for friends and family isn’t always easy. So, we put our thinking caps on, brainstormed, debated and created some exciting new bundles of goodies! We think there’s something for most every kind of foodie on your list:
Truffle Kerfuffle – Many customers come to us for all manner of truffle products, so this bundle was a no-brainer. While we don’t include an actual fresh truffle, this selection of products delivers the gorgeous, earthy truffle flavor in a variety of ways. (more…)
I first joined Formaggio Kitchen as an assistant to Julie, our charcutière. As she taught me to make the shop’s range of sausages, pâté, and other cured meats, she talked a lot about sourcing—what she buys from farms in Connecticut, the turnaround time needed for an order of rabbit from Vermont, the best uses for bellies from Massachusetts-raised Berkshire hogs, and the like. For Julie, small, local farms are a natural and non-negotiable part of her work. (more…)
Posted in Education, Meats & Charcuterie, Producer Profile, United States, tagged bacon, curing, Edwards of Virginia, food, ham, Magalitsa bacon, Mangalitsa, Red Wattle on March 8, 2012 | 3 Comments »
We keep an impressive pile of cured pork legs in the shop. The Italian prosciutto and Spanish jamón are justifiably well-known. Also nestled in there, however, are two domestic treats that I advise you not to miss: Mangalitsa and Red Wattle hams. The latter is particularly American, hailing from a centuries-old tradition of pork curing in Surry County, Virginia.
We source our Mangalitsa and Red Wattle ham from Edwards of Virginia who, in turn, sources pastured, humanely-raised Mangalitsa and Red Wattle pigs from small farms in North Carolina and Iowa, respectively. These heritage breeds are prized for their well-marbled, toothsome, flavorful meat, not to mention a wickedly decadent abundance of fat. Mangalitsas resemble a cross between a sheep and a pig – they’re sometimes called “wooly pigs,” for good reason – and they’re related to the wild boar. Like their boar brethren, Mangalitsa meat is lightly gamey, with a sweet, nutty, intense flavor. (more…)
Posted in About Us, Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, Meats & Charcuterie, United States, tagged Bon Appétit, food, Good Food Awards, Meats & Charcuterie, pâté, rabbit, Rabbit Pâté on January 18, 2012 | 2 Comments »
We are excited to announce that Julie’s Rabbit Pâté was a winner in the ‘Charcuterie’ category at the 2012 Good Food Awards and was recently featured in a Bon Appétit magazine article entitled, “America’s Best Charcuterie.”
Choosing a favorite pâté is a little like selecting a favorite child. Each has its own attributes and unique characteristics that differentiate it from its siblings. That said, our house-made Rabbit Pâté would be a strong contender for the top of my “favorites” list. Wrapped in rose-hued Prosciutto di Parma and encased in amber-colored Madeira aspic, this pâté is our most intricate and, in my opinion, visually appealing.
One of my favorite things about cooking at Formaggio Kitchen is the wealth of wonderful ingredients at our fingertips. Working here as a chef is like being a kid in a lollipop factory. It is as much a treat to cook as it is to eat here, and often the ingredients that we get to use in our recipes add up to more than the sum of their parts. Such is the case of the Rabbit Pâté. (more…)
When I first signed on as the charcutière at Formaggio Kitchen, I was excited to work with meat. “What does the position entail?” I asked Ihsan, the shop’s owner. “You’ll be making sausages, curing meat, breaking down whole pigs and rabbits. Stuff like that,” he said. “And pâtés. Lots of pâtés.” That stopped me in my tracks. Sausages, great. Butchery, no problem. How hard can meat curing be? But pâtés? This was another story.
Pâté was mysterious, classic and tricky-sounding. I accepted the position with a bit of apprehension. Now, entering my third holiday season at the shop, pâtés have become one of the items I particularly look forward to making. And we make a lot of them! (more…)