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Happy 5th Birthday Fromagination!


Five years ago owner Ken Monteleone dropped the corporate sales mantle and invested in his passion: artisan cheese. Today, the upper Midwest, and specifically Madison, WI, is blessed with one of the finer shops in the country.

I was fortunate last week to be at Fromagination for a little birthday celebration along with a shop full of excited regulars and three of the regions, and the country’s best cheesemakers:

  • Marieke Penterman, maker of Marieke Gouda, the Gouda that Europeans are noticing and asking for
  • Andy Hatch, maker of multi-award-winning Pleasant Ridge Reserve and Rush Creek Reserve
  • Chris Roelli, responsible for the re-birth of Roelli Cheese as an artisan maker after a century of commodity cheese, maker of Dunbarton Blue, Red Rock and more great cheeses.

There were a couple one-of-a-kind cheeses on hand for sampling, and yes, I brought chunks and slabs back to review and share with you soon!

Ken and his staff run a beautiful shop with well-curated cheeses and many other products including crackers, honeys, jams, boards, books and utensils. Fromagination is located right on the capital square in the heart of Madison.

Happy birthday!

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One comment on “Happy 5th Birthday Fromagination!

  1. […] last week’s trip to Fromagination’s 5th birthday celebration in Madison I met the delightful Marieke Penterman. Her six year is the first cheese she made- then […]

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