Category Archive: Travel

  1. Posted on February 16, 2012

    I’ve got a busy couple of weeks coming up, and wanted to post a brief itinerary: Tomorrow, I’ll be at the Continental Ballet Gala in Bloomington, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, I’ll be teaching a short class on things cheese at the Sustainable Farming Association Conference at St. Benedict’s College in St. Joseph.  There is an evening gathering featuring… Read More »

  2. Posted on August 6, 2011

    What a week it’s been here in Montreal. More to come, but I have to mention that Bent River received a third place ribbon in the Camembert category at the (North) American Cheese Society competition, topping dozens of other entries. One of my first posts covered my trip to the ACS conference three years ago in Chicago. I knew next to nothing… Read More »

  3. Posted on May 17, 2011

    I’m back in Mankato, and despite good intentions, never found time to post again from the road. Perhaps it’s for the best, as a little time to reflect can often help. I had a great weekend, half work, half pleasure. The work, and I use the term loosely, continued on Saturday with a drive down to Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park, Illinois,… Read More »

  4. Posted on May 13, 2011

    Here I sit, sated from a delicious meal at the Underground Kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin. They’ve had Bent River in their menu for the past few months, so I had to pay them a visit. Earlier, I spent a couple of hours sampling cheese at the Willy St. Co-op. This is the first time I’ve ever sampled outside of Minnesota,… Read More »

  5. Posted on June 11, 2010

    Intrepid cheesefolk from Kowalski’s Markets made the trip down from the Cities to tour our plant and soak up the culinary culture ofMankato. After lunch at the famous (or infamous) Wagon Wheel, they stopped in for a few hours to watch the cheesemaking process and pepper me with hundreds of questions. They shot a number of pictures for a small feature in next month’s Kowalski’s Magazine.… Read More »

  6. Posted on September 15, 2009

    This is the view from Craig’s deck looking West from Stryker Sonoma. The treeline in the mid-horizon is the Russian River, with the Coast Range in the background. One could get used to it. What a great weekend. I ate amazingly well–highlights include dinner at Diavola (real Napolitano pizza from a wood-fired oven), lunch at Willi’s in Healdsburg (outstanding seafood–tuna… Read More »

  7. Posted on September 15, 2009

    I spent a memorable Saturday afternoon in the upper Napa Valley with my good friends, Chris Dearden and Rob Hunter. Due to occupational and familial duties, they were unable to make it to Stryker, so, with no small sense of satisfaction, I tooled off to St. Helena in the Stryker S-10 (feeling slightly cool because I might be mistaken for a local) to see… Read More »

  8. Posted on September 3, 2009

    Due to my good fortune in the friend department, I’m on my way to Sonoma County. Craig MacDonald, General Manager & Partner at Stryker Sonoma, made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Said offer entailed a free airplane ride and a bed for the weekend. And, let’s not forget, the wine closet, a beautiful, double wide unit stocked with an… Read More »

  9. Posted on December 15, 2008

    This past July, I traveled down to Chicago for the annual ACSconference. At the time, I had mentally committed to a new life incheesemaking, but still couldn’t shake the lingering notion that perhaps I was an impostor, and didn’t belong. I made the trip with good friend John Weir and his daughter Emma. John has a brother in Chicago, and generously allowed… Read More »

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