Cheese connoisseurs: Rush Creek Reserve season has begun. First released last Wednesday, this rich, raw, autumn milk cheese has aged just 60 days, the minimum requirement. Furthermore, cheesemaker Andy Hatch himself will be in town this Friday at Pastoral in the Loop for an Uplands Cheese tasting, including their award-winning firm and nutty Pleasant Ridge Reserve.
I visited Hatch at Uplands near Dodgeville, Wis. — about 300 miles northwest of Navy Pier, an hour’s drive west of Madison — on an intense cheese tour last week. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board invited me to see and taste firsthand the new American cheese movement.