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The Starter Course

$195.00

Four extraordinary artisan cheeses and American-made prosciutto, plus preserves, almonds, pickles, and crackers: everything you need to start the evening off right...

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Cheeses Included

Mt Tam | Cowgirl Creamery | Petaluma, CA
Cultured Butter  Fresh Pasture Mushrooms 
An organic American Original cheese recipe, our best-selling cheese has all the lusciousness you expect from a triple cream with a unique heart that upholds its texture. Named after the iconic landmark Mount Tamalpais that rises over the San Francisco Bay in Marin County, Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt Tam cheese is produced with organic, locally sourced milk and rises above the standard for bloomy rind cheeses. Mt Tam takes you from fudgey firmness to buttery softness with flavors spanning from bright creme fraiche to complex and mushroomy, evoking North Bay’s lush green and gold pastures.(8 oz, Pasteurized Cow's Milk & Cream, Microbial Rennet)

Wagon Wheel | Cowgirl Creamery | Petaluma, CA
Browned Butter • Roasted Nuts • Sauteed Leeks 
Experience the liquid gold rush from the hills of San Francisco with Wagon Wheel, a versatile, snackable cheese at its glory when melted down and forged into your favorite meal. Born from the sunshine of California’s rolling golden hills, Wagon Wheel is our most versatile and snackable cheese. At room temperature, it’s approachable and delicious. When melted, we call it Liquid Gold. Designed by chefs for chefs (originally on Zuni Cafe’s pizza menu), Wagon Wheel is a washed rind cheese crafted from organic cow’s milk and aged for a minimum of 75 days as 15 lb wheels. (6 oz, Pasteurized Cow's Milk, Traditional Rennet, Non-Vegetarian)

Hop Along | Cowgirl Creamery | Petaluma, CA
Brioche • Apple • Yogurt
A snackable organic cheese under the influence of hard cider, Hop Along is crafted into 5 lb wheels in our Petaluma creamery. After 45 days of aging, this washed rind cheese develops aromas of apple and brioche and a silky, semi-firm interior. Hop Along is a versatile and approachable option for both cheese novices and experts and easily pairs with a variety of snacks (cured meats, preserved and fresh fruits, nuts) and beverages (kombucha & hard cider). (6 oz, Pasteurized Cow's Milk, Traditional Rennet, Non-Vegetarian) 

Humboldt Fog Mini | Cypress Grove | Arcata, CA
Buttermilk • Citrus • Slate 
A stunning ash-ripened goat cheese from our sister company on California's North Coast. (16 oz, Pasteurized Goat's Milk, Microbial Rennet, Suitable for Vegetarians) 


Accompaniments

Prosciutto Americano | La Quercia | Norwalk, IA
Humanely raised, antibiotic-free pork, seasoned with sea salt and organic spices. No sugar or added nitrates. (2 oz)

Raspberry Rose | Quince & Apple Preserves | Madison, WI
Ruby Raspberries sparkle in this bright preserve. The lush fruit and floral rose creates notes of cherry, punch and lime. (6 oz)

Smoked Paprika Almonds | Clif Family Almonds | St Helena, CA
These snackable organic almonds from California are seasoned with smoky spanish paprika to produce the perfect pairing for artisan cheese and meats. (4 oz)

Cornichons | Fabrique Delices | Hayward, CA
These French-style gherkins are pickled with vinegar and savory herbs, providing the perfect counterpoint to rich cheese and charcuterie. (5 oz)

Artisan Crisps | Rustic Bakery | Petaluma, CA
Our neighbors at Rustic Bakery produce these crunchy organic crisps with dried cherries and pistachios. (5 oz)

Cowgirl Creamery Crackers | Rustic Bakery | Petaluma, CA
Our neighbors at Rustic Bakery craft these organic crackers just for us, made with sea salt, olive oil, and sourdough starter. (6 oz)

Suggested Pairings

Wine: California Chardonnay, Dry Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon

Beer/Cider: Pale Ale, Sour, Sparkling Cider

Non-Alcoholic: Herb Shrub, Ginger Ale, or Iced Tea

 

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    Due to the perishable nature of cheese and our standards for the quality of our cheese, we ship via FedEx Overnight Monday - Thursday. Please note the selected ship date is an estimated ship date. All orders will arrive within the selected week on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. We cannot guarantee an exact delivery date, so please order in advance for holidays and special occasions. 


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  • Can I order individual cheeses?

    From our Cheese Shops in the Ferry Building & Point Reyes Station, yes you can.  

    From our Online Cheese Catalog, we aren’t able to offer individual cheeses. We do feature specific cheeses like our We Love Red Hawk or Welcome Wagon.  Also, from time to time, we have online specials with several pieces of the same cheese like our popular Tam Trio.  Sign up for our emails in the footer to be the first to know!

  • How should I store my cheeses?

    As soon as you get it home, store the unopened cheese in the refrigerator for best quality. Any opened pieces can be re-wrapped in the cheese paper and sealed in the paper it comes in. You can also re-wrap the cheese in cheese paper that helps to preserve the cheese as much as possible. 

    If you don’t have cheese paper, use something that will keep the cheese covered so that it doesn’t dry out in the fridge. Other customers have used reusable beeswax food cloths and parchment paper. Plastic wrap can be used, but it’s better for harder cheeses than delicate soft cheese. 

  • Can I create a custom assortment or make substitutions?

    For our local fans shopping in San Francisco or visiting us in Point Reyes Station, we offer gift baskets and catering trays.

    For our Online Cheese Catalog, unfortunately, we don’t have that option. But check out all of our current catalog - we’ve curated popular combinations that feature the best of Cowgirl for all kinds of cheese lovers.