By Milena Petrovic
Without it, macaroni would be a naked noodle and a glass of wine would be just lonely. You can slice it, spread it, grate it, crumble it or melt it—no matter how you use it—cheese is what makes it.
Here are five places in Calgary you should visit to get your cheese fix.
After serving the city for 19 years, you can trust that Say Cheese Fromagerie is Calgary’s cheese wonderland. Whether you like your cheese soft, hard, bleu, or made from raw milk, you will undoubtedly satisfy your cheesy cravings with a visit to their space at Crossroads Market. For those of you that love cheese more than your stomach does, they even offer lactose-free cheeses.
Address: Crossroads Market – 1225 26 Ave SE
The cheesemongers here will open your eyes (and your mouth will follow) to the finest varieties of international and local cheeses. If you’re thirsty for a glass of wine to go along with your cheesy bites, check out Beaton’s newest venture, Mabou Cheese + Bar to explore perfect wine and cheese pairings.
Address: 1017 16 Avenue SW
There’s no need to say please, this place has got all of the cheese with over 75 kinds to choose from. If you’re having trouble deciding, grab one of their charcuterie boards and let the cheese experts surprise you with their selection. You can also choose to become a cheese club member to have cheese and crackers delivered to your door—it’s seriously delicious business.
Address: 1249 Kensington Road NW
If to brie, or not to brie is a question you would never ask, make your way to one of the multiple Springbank Cheese locations in the city. This Canadian company has been busy making cheese for over 55 years during which time they have produced enough varieties for every day of the year. To take any meal to the next level, pick up their raclette to melt over whatever your cheesy soul desires.
Address: 3570 Garrison Gate SW
Address: #101 7422 Crowfoot Road NW
Address: #304 10816 Macleod Trail South
The Italian Centre has what dreams are made of: a wall of wheels of cheese. This is a one-stop shop for your wine and cheese party needs. Choose from a variety of cheeses, olives, cured meats and freshly baked breads to make up a mouthwatering charcuterie board to impress your guests…or keep quiet and just treat yourself instead.
Address: #120 9919 Fairmount Drive SE