Looking Glass Creamery of Fairview, North Carolina (just outside of Asheville) has placed second in the American Cheese Society’s annual competition in the soft-ripened goat cheese category. The cheese is called Ellington, named for the architect Douglas Ellington who designed many of the art deco buildings around Asheville.
“Ellington is a great cheese. It is a very approachable yet complex bloomy rind goat cheese that pairs well with rich fig preserves and some of the more robust local beers,” said cheesemaker and owner Jennifer Perkins. “When I was developing the cheese six or seven years ago, I walked through the streets of Asheville photographing buildings and really searching for what I wanted the cheese to be from flavor to form.”
The labeling, designed by Matt Palomares, is perfectly suited to the character of the cheese and pulls elements from Douglas Ellington’s S&W building in Asheville. Inspiration for the flavor profile of the cheese came from the local character and terrain as well as Humboldt Fog, the California goat cheese made by Cypress Grove, one of the pioneers of the artisan cheese movement in the United States.
Interest and orders for Ellington from New York, Washington D.C., and California have grown rapidly since the competition was held and the cheese will be available for the 3rd year in a row as part of the North Carolina Cheese Collection sold by Williams-Sonoma this upcoming holiday season on the retailers website and via catalog.
Ellington is also featured on the menu of several local restaurants including Lexington Avenue Brewery, Red Stag Grill, and Santé Wine Bar, and is available for retail sale in Asheville at Earth Fare, Greenlife Whole Foods and Laurey’s Catering.
Want more cheese please? The WNC Cheese Trail has been in the works for several months now and is soon to be ready for visitors. Keep up with all the updates on their Facebook page.