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2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Every year we look forward to the holidays and the excuse to share our favorite foods and kitchen accessories with friends and family. If you’re shopping for a food lover, tyrophile (cheese lover), budding chef, or seasoned culinarian this year, check out our list of top gift ideas that will please any palate! And if you’re giving in the greater Boston area, check out our “Locals Only” gift guide for special treats at our Cambridge shop!


Raclette de Verbier and Bayley Hazen Blue: Award Winning Cheeses of 2014Award-Winning Cheese – Before any awards were given, these two cheeses were already staff and customer favorites. Bayley Hazen Blue won the title of World’s Best Unpasteurized cheese at the 2014 World Cheese Awards. Similarly, the Raclette we import exclusively from Verbier, Switzerland won the award for the best Raclette in Switzerland. Now is your chance to share these two exceptional cheeses with friends and family!


World Mustard Sampler

World Mustard Sampler – Shake off winter’s chill with six of our favorite mustards! Perfect for adding to recipes, spreading on sandwiches, or pairing with charcuterie, each of these sensational mustards packs its own unique flavor. From classic whole grain to herbaceous tarragon, spicy sweet maple, and Piment d’Espelette, these mustards are the perfect gift to wake up your taste buds.


Housemade Charcuterie Sampler

Housemade Charcuterie Sampler – Our housemade charcuterie has long been a favorite of customers here in Cambridge, and now you can enjoy it too – whether you live in Boise or Baton Rouge! Winner of three Good Food Awards, our charcutier Julie puts together a package including rillettes, pâté, boudin and bacon accompanied by a jar of our favorite mustard and some crunchy cornichons!


World Preserves Sampler

Preserves of the World – Every year we travel throughout Europe and the US in search of the best producers and their products. This winter we’ve pulled together a unique selection of our favorite jams and preserves, the perfect taste of summer fruit to accent this season’s holiday feasts. Perfect spooned into your favorite yogurt, baked into a sumptuous dessert or served alongside your favorite cheeses.


Perbellini Panettone

Italy’s Finest Panettone – Of all the panettone we’ve sampled, the finest comes from Pasticceria Perbellini. Based in Bovolone, Italy, Perbellini has been using the same family recipe since they began baking panettone back in 1900. Made with hand-selected fruits, nuts, sugars and flours, all-natural yeast and a 36-hour rise, the exceptionally airy texture with just the right amount of chew has an addictive bready sweetness punctuated by chunks of delicious candied fruit and sultanas. The ultimate holiday treat!


Saladini Mezzaluna Knife

Functional Kitchen Art – For food-lover gifts that last for years to come, we turn to the truly exceptional Italian knife maker Coltelleria Saladini. These handmade stainless steel blades range from this stunning Mezzaluna to traditional folding knives as well as an assortment of cheese knives to make any cheese plate shine. Equal parts beautiful form and practical function, Saladini’s knives will make your friends and family wonder how they ever lived without them.


Sirvent Turrón

Traditional Spanish Turrón – Whether it is torrone from Italy, turrón from Spain or nougat from here in the US, we can’t get enough of this traditional, almond-studded sweet. If we had to choose one, it would be from Turronería Sirvent based in Alicante, Spain. This crunchy, traditional hard nougat is loaded with dry-roasted Marcona almonds for a balanced sweet and nutty flavor that pairs perfectly with a glass of Amontillado sherry.


“Locals Only”

Formaggio Food Community Share - June, 2012

Giving close to Boston this year? Share the gift of local foods with a membership in the Formaggio Food Community! We offer year-round monthly shares of our favorite local cheeses and our in-house charcutier’s award winning charcuterie. Choose either the Cheese or Charcuterie share (or both!) sign up for three or six months at a time for pick up at our Cambridge or South End store.


Rosé Wine Tasting in Progress

You can also give the gift of vin and vino education with our Take Home Wine Class. A membership for a one, three or six months gives three bottles of wine per month, each with detailed tasting notes and producer profiles. Each “class” focuses on a single theme, from grape varietals and soil types to production methodology and pairing styles!

Myers and Chang Dumpling Class

In the spirit of food education, we also offer several formal classes each month, from our extremely popular “Cheese 101” and an inside peak at our aging facilities in “Brave the Caves” to the chance to judge competitors in elaborate food pairings, evenings centered around a specific region and behind-the-scenes classes with the area’s top chefs. Give the gift of a class you know they’ll love, or let your favorite foodies find their perfect gustatory experience with a classroom gift certificate.

Formaggio Kitchen Gift Card

Last but not least, we love giving and receiving the gift of choice! Our gift cards can be used in all three of our locations and online. They’re the perfect way to make sure your oenophile gets her favorite vintage, the family’s sweet-tooth finds his perfect chocolate bar, and your aspiring-chefs can pick that perfect finishing oil for their latest dish.


Check out our Gift Guides from 2013 and 2012 for more ideas, and visit our online shop to search our full range of products!


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Clams on the Grill with Chris Schlesinger

We are devotees of legendary grillmaster and renowned chef, Chris Schlesinger. We were fortunate to have Chris as a guest in our classroom in July and he has kindly given us permission to share a couple of his wonderful recipes – the first was for “Grilled Mussels with Mango Curry Sauce.” Sticking with the crustaceans, this recipe features another local delicacy: littleneck clams. (more…)

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Chris Schlesinger's Grilled Mussels with Mango Curry Sauce

In July, we were very lucky to welcome Chef Chris Schlesinger to our classroom not once, but twice! First up, he taught an amazing “Seafood Grilling” class and was behind the grill a second time for “Grilling 101.” Chef Schlesinger, of East Coast Grill fame, is co-author – along with John “Doc” Willoughby – of several grilling classics and is Valerie’s annual challenger in The Great Westport Paella Tournament. This year (the fifth that the tourney has been in existence), Valerie let Chris win for the first time ever (sorry, Chef!). Friendly rivalry aside, we are big fans of Chris’ food – he works the grill with hard-won experience and a natural intuition. The below recipe appears in Chris and John’s book, Grill It! and was one Chris used in his “Seafood Grilling” class – he kindly gave us permission to share this glorious recipe as we savor the last days of summer! (more…)

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There was a bit of initial confusion.  What would we call “the new space?”

Until recently, “the new space” was how we referred to our new warehouse and classroom facility in West Cambridge.  Several names were bandied about in the shop, including FKO (in longform – Formaggio Kitchen Online), Formaggio Kitchen Mail Order, even Le Nouvel Espace, in keeping with our European roots.  Eventually, however, FKA (Formaggio Kitchen Annex) or, as staff have come to style it, simply “The Annex,” won out.

Staff gathering at the Formaggio Kitchen Annex

Staff gathering at “The Annex” (before it’s all set up!)

The Annex will accommodate our growing demand for classes and events, and allow us to further develop our mail order business. (more…)

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