Cheese: Evalon – WCMA 2001 Best of Show Winner
Who: Clara Hedrick of LaClare Family Farms
Where: Chilton, Wisconsin
Milk: goat, raw
Shape: 11″x3″ wheel. 11lbs
Flavor: Lust a little goaty; savory.
Becca Dilley / 2011 Wisconsin Cheesemaker Calendar
The Hedrich family has been farming in Chilton, Wisconsin for more than 30 years. Cheesemaking, however, is a more recent venture and, for 25 year old Katie Hedrich, her Evalon winning 2011 Best of Show is a pretty remarkable feat. She’s among the yougest winners ever and only the second woman to take top honors.
The Heavy Table featured Katie’s win last March.
Evalon is a “Gouda-style” goat cheese. The resulting texture is a bit fluffy and crumbly though somewhat moist. Not sure how I feel about that aspect yet. The flavor is generally “fresh” with a little citrus tang and a savory flavor lingers in your mouth for some time.
It’s a good melting cheese, it split the difference in a triple-cheese grill last night between six-month Mimolette and twelve-month Manchego. I liked it here more.