Grafton Village Cheese's Vermont Leyden cheese named sofi silver finalist
Grafton Village Cheese’s Cave Aged Vermont Leyden cheese has been named a Silver Finalist for Outstanding Cheese in the 2012 sofi Awards from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, Inc.
A sofi Award is the top honor in the $75 billion specialty food industry. “Sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.
Grafton’s Cave Aged Vermont Leyden was one of the Silver Finalists selected by a national panel of specialty food experts. Among those finalists, only five were in the Cheese and Dairy category. The judges evaluated 1,935 entries across 30 Awards categories from Outstanding Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa and Dip to Outstanding Vinegar. Gold Winners will be announced by noted chef José Andrés at a red-carpet ceremony June 18, 2012, at the Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington, DC.
Grafton's Vermont Leyden, part of the company’s Cave Aged line of cheeses, has a big, buttery flavor and texture, brightened with the warmth of cumin seeds. This cows' milk cheese, which is aged for a minimum of two months in Grafton’s cave aging facility, mellows with age while growing in complexity.
“We are so thrilled that Leyden made it to the finals,” says Dane Huebner, Grafton Village Cheese’s Cheese Artisan. “It is a unique and delicious cheese. Our Cave Aged line takes Grafton beyond our roots in cheddar cheese and we are excited that this line of small batch cheese is receiving incredibly positive recognition not only from our customers, but the industry as well.”
The sofi Awards are open to members of the NASFT, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 2,900 members throughout the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to www.specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2012 sofi Awards at foodspring.com/sofiawards.
In November 2011, five of Grafton’s Cave Aged products took home one gold and four bronze medals at the World Cheese Awards, the leading and most diverse cheese competition in the world.
About Grafton Village Cheese
Grafton Village Cheese, located in Grafton, Vermont, hand makes artisanal raw milk cheeses and is best known for their award winning cheddars. The company was founded in 1892 as the Grafton Cooperative Cheese Company, which converted surplus milk from local dairy farmers into cheese. Years later, a fire destroyed the original factory. When the Windham Foundation restored the company in the mid 1960s, a new era for the town was born. Today, quality and taste continue to serve as the hallmark of Grafton cheddar. Grafton Village cheddars are sold under the Grafton Village, Tavern Select and Cave Aged brand names. As part of the nonprofit Windham Foundation, much of Grafton Cheese’s annual earned income funds the Foundation’s charitable programs. More information on Grafton Village Cheese can be found online at graftonvillagecheese.com.
Grafton Village Cheese. 4.19.2012.