"We believe a rising tide lifts all boats, and have enjoyed seeing consumers become more educated and interested in cheese before they come in the door," said Vanden Berge.
To support the growing appreciation for their products, The Cheese Shop frequently organizes Monday night classes, allowing cheese lovers to dive into a variety of topics - from 'Cheese 101' to wine parings - alongside the shop's experts and cheese producers. Classes are limited to 25 participants per session, and prices vary between $35 and $65. Click here to find upcoming classes.
Beyond the Big Cheese
As the shop's name implies, cheese is the star of the show, but it also sells meats, wine, beer and chocolates to compliment the wide variety of cheese offerings.
"Our mantra is that we sell cheese, and everything to go with cheese," said Vanden Berge.
The shop sources "everything to go with cheese" with the same priorities as the cheese itself. They choose to work with producers around the state, nation and world who demonstrate a love for their craft and are committed to responsible production processes.
Photos by Joseph L. Murphy/Iowa Soybean Association