Glen Ellyn, IL (PRWEB) March 17, 2016
Marché (http://www.marche496.com/), a cheese shop in downtown Glen Ellyn, Ill., will join turophiles (cheese connoisseurs) worldwide on April 16 to celebrate Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day.
Marché, which opened last fall at 496 N. Main St., will donate 10 percent of all raw milk cheese sales that day to the Oldways Cheese Coalition, a nonprofit food and nutrition education organization.
The celebration continues April 20 with a class, open to the public, comparing raw milk and other artisan crafted cheeses against their commercially produced counterparts. Taught by Marché General Manager Daniel Sirko, a member of the American Cheese Society (http://www.cheesesociety.org/) and former judge at its annual competition, “Marché Smackdown: Art vs. Science” will explore what goes into making great cheeses, with discussion and tastings focused on what makes each variety unique.
Throughout the month, Marché -- which also sells an evolving collection of charcuterie, cheese boards, wine, beer and complementary items -- is featuring a raw milk cheese assortment as part of its popular Culture Club subscription series (https://www.marche496.com/shop/the-cultureclub/).
“Raw milk is what gives many popular artisan cheeses such as Parmigiana-Reggiano, Gruyere and Manchego their distinctive taste,” explained Sirko. “Many imported cheeses sold in the United States are made from raw milk, as are an increasing number of domestic varieties. Few people realize they’re eating raw milk cheese, but they seek it out because they love the taste.”
Others believe raw milk cheese has potential health benefits, including naturally occurring probiotics.
Before pasteurized milk came into use in the early 1900s, all cheese was made from raw milk. Earlier this year the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced plans to re-evaluate its testing criteria for raw milk cheese. The news came in response to concerns that FDA criteria were too strict and threatened raw milk cheese production without demonstrably benefitting public health.
Marché is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday.
For more information, visit http://www.marche496.com, or call 630-790-8890.
Marché is a cheese shop in downtown Glen Ellyn, Ill., that also sells charcuterie, cheese boards, wine, beer and complementary items. It offers catering, on-site classes and private events. Marché is owned by former healthcare insurance executive Jill Foucré and her husband Bob Bye, who in 2011 opened award-winning gourmet retail store/cooking school Marcel’s Culinary Experience (http://www.marcelsculinaryexperience.com) on the same block.