Travels and Tastes

Meet Lydia, the Cheese Maven! Image

Meet Lydia, the Cheese Maven!

“I was afforded lots of unique experiences and invitations and as a rule I always just said yes.” — Lydia Burns, founder of Savvy Squirrel Consulting (accredited cheese courses) Written by Leska Tomash — Consulting with the Rogers Collection team as self-titled Cheese Maven for Education & Outreach, a quirky but apt title (maven means…

Meet Leska, our Staff Writer! Image

Meet Leska, our Staff Writer!

Meet Leska, our Staff Writer! Written by Leska Tomash — As the re-opening date of June 8th came closer and closer, my anxiety increased. What would something I had done for so many years now look like after an unprecedented pandemic? Prior to COVID, I had already felt a lack of enthusiasm for my job.…

Tomatoes from Gentile: Summer in a Jar! Image

Tomatoes from Gentile: Summer in a Jar!

“Tomatoes for us in the south (of Italy) mean summer. When we see fresh tomatoes at the local store, it means summer is here, the beach, friends, the panino caprese with mozzarella that we take to the beach…and caponata with fresh tomatoes, tuna, olives and red onions… summer mode: ON.” —Giuliana Galati, Export Manager for…

Our Collection of Olive Oils Image

Our Collection of Olive Oils

“Working there [in the olive grove] is a ‘lesson in humility….’ How many generations have walked among those trees? And how many will walk there after me?’” —The Art of Eating, a quote by Jean-Benoit Hugues, producer of CastelineS extra virgin olive oil in Provence, France. Written by Leska Tomash — For many of us…

Pio Tosini: Our Interview with Giovanni Bianchi Image

Pio Tosini: Our Interview with Giovanni Bianchi

“The company is 115 years old and sometimes you literally feel the weight, the call, and the challenge of those who ran the company before us,” says Giovanni Bianchi, grandson to Pio Tosini, who currently runs the family business along with his cousin, also grandson to Pio, Nicola Tosini.   Written by Leska Tomash – Recently,…

Three Ancient Parmigiano Reggianos and Their Revival! Image

Three Ancient Parmigiano Reggianos and Their Revival!

You know me, I like to start with a little history–brief, I promise!   Written by Leska Tomash – Parmigiano Reggiano, as the name suggests, is a cow’s milk cheese first produced in the Duchy of Parma, an area that lies between the small Italian villages of Parma and Reggio Emilia. As the name doesn’t suggest,…

Quintana Mahón: A Special Cheese from Menorca Image

Quintana Mahón: A Special Cheese from Menorca

“To refer to Mahón-Menorca cheese is to speak of dedication, tradition and respect for the environment, culture and customs from Menorca Island.” –Quintana family, master cheese ripening affinadores. Written by Leska Tomash – First, a quick geography lesson and run-down on Mahón cheese. Mahón is the capital and port of Menorca, Spain, the most northerly…