Cheese Blog

Brenda Jensen: A Passion for Sheep & Cheese

Brenda Jensen lives in the rolling hills of western Wisconsin near Westby, where she, her husband, three employees, a dog and occasional visiting grandchildren share the landscape with 700 dairy sheep. Those “girls” – the ones who are not producing lambs or currently dry – are milked twice a day and that milk produces award-winning […]

Featured Cheesemonger: Shannon Berry

Shannon Berry has been at Fromagination almost three years, now its Floor & Kitchen Manager.  She traveled to the West Coast, East Coast, and back to Wisconsin before becoming a cheesemonger, and settling into training other cheesemongers to showcase the Badger State’s most famous product. “I work here because I like food, I like people […]

Marieke: Eat Cheese and Keep the Cows Happy

This month’s featured cheese maker is Marieke Peterman of Holland’s Family Cheese, the business name for a very successful Wisconsin cheese brand and her namesake, Marieke Gouda. The busy staff and many visitors at the small complex she has established in Thorp, Wisconsin, 45 minutes east of Eau Claire, show the results of a very […]

Fromagination Spring Cheese Classes

After the huge success of our Winter Cheese Classes, we have put together a brand new series of classes based around the theme of Spring.  Starting May 9th for 10 weeks, our new Spring Cheese Classes will take you on a culinary journey around the world, where you will learn all about the various cheese […]

Tea & Cheese

An Unconventional Pairing When you think of cheese pairings, you think wine, beer, crackers, preserves, chocolate or olives. Those are all amazing pairings. There is however, a new pairing that has many cheesemongers and other cheese fanatics very excited. Tea and cheese! The idea of pairing tea and cheese is somewhat unconventional. The variance in […]

Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook

Tomorrow in the Fromagination shop we’ll have two guests in to talk to visitors about cooking with cheese…particularly Wisconsin cheeses. Kristine Hansen, author of the newly released “Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook,” will be in the shop from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. to discuss recipes from her book with Landmark Creamery co-founder Anna Thomas Bates.  It should […]

Fromagination Cheese Classes

Do you know someone who loves cheese, meats and companions? Do you have family in the Madison area? Do you have kids studying at the University of Wisconsin? Are you looking for the perfect gift for them this holiday season? We have the solution for you. This holiday season, we are offering our you the […]

Karben4 with the Funk tonight!

Fromagination does the Day-after-Thanksgiving Happy Hour this evening with great local beer.  Our Funky Friday event this evening welcomes local brewer Karben4, which has a great fan following for its many and interesting products. Tonight’s pairing, created by Fromagination Cheesemonger Shannon, includes some fascinating combinations of Wisconsin cheeses and beers! Chocolate Oatmeal Stout & Espresso […]

Cider Farm on a Funky Friday

Our weekly happy hour – Funky Friday – will have an interesting twist this week: Local ciders. It is mid-October, so apple season is upon us and now’s the time to find out more about local offerings made from some special, locally grown apples. Our staff will welcome visitors from Mineral Point, Wisconsin, where the […]

Andres Becomes a “Cheesemaster”

Andres started out not knowing much about Wisconsin cheese culture, but now he is a seven-month cheesemonger at Fromagination.   “Well, I didn’t know a whole a lot about cheese,” he said. “I felt like this was a good way really to acquaint myself with the world of cheese.” Andres had already decided why Fromagination was […]

Greg in the Fromagination Kitchen

Greg has been part of the kitchen staff at Fromagination since it opened more than 10 years ago. He was drawn to the shop because of his family legacy in dairy farming. “All of my relatives were dairy farmers when I was a kid. Even when I was a little boy I lived in a […]

Kristi the Cheesemonger

Kristi is a long-time cheesemonger at Fromagination, starting her cheese sales position two and a half years after the shop opened in 2007. Customer service and finding the best cheese for particular customers is Kristi’s focus. Before Fromagination, she cooked in several restaurants and a private school. But she always wanted to work with dairy. […]

World’s Largest Cheese Board

Fromagination assisted with a world record on Wednesday, August 1!  The world’s largest cheese board was assembled in downtown Madison…and we helped! 4,437 pounds of cheese came to the Capitol Square – engineered by Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board) to break the Guinness Book of World Records’ mark, previously set […]

Teenage staff at Fromagination

In the summertime, our shop can be very busy with our normal customers and tourists on vacations or students on summer break. This summer Fromagination put together a teenage staff to help in the shop and business office. Teen staff member Meriem – who began at Fromagination in 2017 – chose to work at the […]

Thrillist Visits Fromagination!

Have a look below at the results! In May, Fromagination had a visit from the travel and entertainment news source Thrillist.  That prompted us to do a Wisconsin artisan cheese “short-course” for our visitors. Two of our cheesemongers, Shannon and Jeff, talked to the Thrillisters about “stories you can taste”…the animals, people, land and […]

Mother’s Day cheese board

This spring has already had such an interesting rhythm. A perfect combination of sprinting to get as much done as humanly possible in the span of 24 (or 48 or 72) hours followed by enough rain to give us time to recover. We’re able to keep busy while also able to stay (reasonably) sane which […]

Alice in Dairyland Visits!

On Saturday, May 12, Alice in Dairyland will visit the Fromagination shop. You may be familiar with Alice in Wonderland…but might ask, “Who is Alice in Dairyland?” Good question.  Here in Wisconsin – “America’s Dairyland,” according to our vehicle license plates – there is a public relations professional employed annually to promote state agriculture.  This […]

A cheese board for spring

Easter is such a tricky time of year for us. We treasure time with family and love any reason to get together but late March and early April is so weird for us farmers. We’ve passed the winter resting phase where the work doesn’t necessarily slow down, but is way more in our control. Paperwork, […]

More World Championship Cheese!

The judges are back, in their white coats and holding their clipboards.  You just better hope the contestants don’t sweat. It’s back.  The World Championship Cheese Contest has returned to Madison this week for the 2018 duke-it-out between some 3400 Goudas, Cheddars, Blues and more, including some yogurts.  If you’ve never attended this Olympics of […]

Best of Madison 2018 Gold!

Best of Madison 2018 Gold! Fromagination’s loyal customers have recognized the shop as the Best Specialty Food Store in Madison for 2018.  We got a gold medal during the Olympics!  Woo-hoo! It’s a great honor for us, considering all the wonderful food and shops in our city.  Our mission of bring Wisconsin’s best artisan cheeses […]

Raclette for Lunch!

Raclette for Lunch! Raclette for Lunch! is a new feature at Fromagination, which recently hosted a video crew that came to investigate our Raclette meal, served daily at the shop.   Raclette is a great treat during cold months when you need a hot meal and want some fantastic cheese in it. See our Raclette […]

Hook’s Cheese Visits on February 17

Hook’s Cheese Visits on February 17 On Saturday, February 17, Hook’s Cheese will be providing samples of some of its many great creations in the Fromagination shop. Tony Hook, pictured in this photo giving Fromagination employees a tour of his cheese warehouse, has been making wonderful Cheddar cheeses in Mineral Point for many years.  One […]

Wm. Chocolate Visits Fromagination

Wm. Chocolate Visits Fromagination Ahead of Valentine’s Day, the Fromagination Shop will have a special sampler – Wm. Chocolate – ready to make your tastebuds jump on Saturday, February 3. The local owner and creator of Wm. Chocolate is Will Marx, who will be sharing pieces of his high-quality chocolates with our customers.  Will started […]

Midwest Living

Tourists to the Midwest can find interesting information in Midwest Living magazine six times a year. The end-of-year 2017 issue features tips from the Minneapolis catering/entertaining scene, a family-run stationary & home goods brand from rural Iowa, the Titletown entertainment district in Green Bay, and… Fromagination!…in a feature called “40 Fabulous Midwest Stores“.  The list of […]

Art and Gifts, Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 18 & 19

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual event for holiday shoppers is this weekend, November 18 & 19, in downtown Madison. The MMoCA Art & Gift Fair will feature many booths with gifts, art, and food! Come downtown and have a look at the beautiful offerings.  Order some artisan cheese gift sets while you’re there. […]

Fighting for Survival…and Dairy Co-op Tradition

“The little guys are disappearing.” North Hendren Cooperative Dairy, in Willard, Wisconsin, wants to survive.  But six years from its 100th birthday, the specialty cheesemaking enterprise located in Clark County between Marshfield and Eau Claire, is experiencing a great struggle. Founded in 1923, the co-op is made up of 24 small, local dairy farmers who, […]

Cheese Tourism at Fromagination

Last week, the Fromagination had a visit from a group of people we see on a regular basis: Travel writers. Fromagination owner Ken Monteleone met with a group of six travel media staff from various locations, including two from the Spanish publication Complot.  They come to see a small city with a lot of buzz…including […]

Isthmus Favorite…again!

Fromagination was named an Isthmus weekly Favorite (again) for 2017!  It’s an honor to get real support from the Madison/Dane County community for our business. Our shop was named #2 in the Specialty Food Shop category, behind Penzey’s Spices and before Asian Midway Foods.  Congratulations to both of them…but we’re the ones who carry spicy […]

Cheese Underground Radio

If you are like some Fromagination friends, you may cook and either watch TV or listen to the radio simultaneously.  Or maybe you just need a good cheese story for your next commute to work.  Either way, if you’re a listener who likes the podcast format, we have a new source for cheese news for […]

Employee Training 5: Cheese 101

Recent Fromagination Cheesemonger Vivien Rendleman – who asked a lot questions in the milking parlor  – wrote our fifth installment: The last stop on our incredible tour organized by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board was Kellercrest Farm in Mt. Horeb. It seemed fitting to end our day with one of the many Wisconsin families responsible […]

Employee Training 4: Cheese 101

Recent Fromagination Cheesemonger Vivien Rendleman – who helped sample lots of cheese at the Emmi Roth USA headquarters! – wrote our fourth installment: In 2016, a Wisconsin cheese took home the title of Grand Champion in the World Championpionship Cheese Contest for the first time since 1988. This cheese was Roth’s Grand Cru Surchoix, a […]

Employee Training 3: Cheese 101

Recent Fromagination Cheesemonger Vivien Rendleman – who took copious notes during our visits to producers – wrote our third installment: Tony Hook has been involved in cheese making since 1970, when he began working for the Monroe Cheese Corporation in Barneveld, the town that now gives his tasty goat milk Blue cheese its name. We […]

Employee Training 2: Cheese 101

Recent Fromagination Cheesemonger Vivien Rendleman – pictured middle in the attached image – wrote our second installment: As cheesemongers at Fromagination, we are often asked how we know so much about cheese. While a lot of our knowledge certainly has to do with our own individual passion and interest, we are also lucky to interact […]

Employee Training 1: Cheese 101

Working as a Cheesemonger at Fromagination requires an interest in cheese, clearly. Part of the customer education that Fromagination employees carry out in our downtown Madison shop is focused on connecting people to their food.  This means we need to know where the cheese comes from (and, before that, the milk), who makes it, and […]

Five Years of Make Music Madison

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – the Summer Solstice – brings Make Music Madison back to South Carroll Street. Fromagination has participated each year since the international day of music came to our city.  We’ve had beautiful music…and lots of fun…during that time. More than 60 U.S. cities and two states are celebrating Make Music Day […]

DIY Artisan Cheese Platter

People often have guests visit, and want to have some fun, and good-tasting, food for that gathering.  In Wisconsin, it’s easy to find very good cheese to create a cheese platter for such an occasion. Guests may know something about cheese – or nothing – but they’re usually willing to try those they’ve never tasted, […]

This Week: Meat-ful Friday

Friday, June 9, will be a great sampling day at Fromagination…for meat lovers.  From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Nueske’s Meats will be offer samples of it Summer Sausage (made from beef and pork) and its Liver Pate. Nueske’s is another local food producer that Fromagination is proud to feature along with our many Wisconsin […]

Peregrine Falcons and Cheese Heritage?

Fromagination Cheesemonger Jeff recently helped Madison Gas & Electric Company (MG&E) name its newest flock of Peregrine Falcons.  This year the chicks  -who live “upstairs” from MG&E – are named for cheeses that are considered native, more or less, to Wisconsin. Thanks to MG&E for helping to publicize preservation of a formerly endangered species.  The Peregrine Falcon became extinct in […]

Make Music Madison…June 21

A great, organic annual event in Madison takes place on the longest day of the year.  Lucky for us, Fromagination has an outdoor patio with chairs and tables…and musicians on June 21. Make Music Madison happens on a Wednesday this year, and we’re ready with a great line-up of local musicians who will serenade our […]

Madison Night Market II – 6-11 p.m., June 8

Bringing Raclette to State Street The May 11 Madison Night Market featured Fromagination’s raclette machines melting the Alpine cheese for hungry market attendees…until we sold out.  Well before 11:00 p.m, unfortunately. The Night Market, kicked by Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, is a new feature for the downtown events calendar this summer.  And the food at […]

When Blogging Goes Cheesy

People interested in cheese – and the artisan cheese culture that is developing quickly in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the midwestern U.S. – may look for bloggers to help inform them. A recent list of top cheese blogs in the U.S. includes Fromagination!  We made #20 on the list that includes many reputable cheese shops […]

Interview with Cheese Grotto maker Jessica Sennett (part 2)

Jessica Sennett is a cheesemonger who has created the Cheese Grotto.  While Fromagination offers a special on any purchase of the Cheese Grotto during the month of May, we also want to let Jessica tell the story of how she devised this special humidor for your kitchen, refrigerator or dining table. Below is the second […]

Interview with Cheese Grotto maker Jessica Sennett (part 1)

Jessica Sennett is a cheesemonger who has created the Cheese Grotto.  While Fromagination offers a special on any purchase of the Cheese Grotto during the month of May, we also want to let Jessica tell the story of how she devised this special humidor for your kitchen, refrigertor or dining table. Below is the first […]

Saturday Sampling Time, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 13

One of Wisconsin’s most famous artisan cheeses will be front-and-center in the Fromagination shop on Saturday, May 13. Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese, made in Dodgeville, Wisconsin by Uplands Cheese, will be offered in samples from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. An Alpine-style cheese that is made from cow milk derived from a dairy herd eating […]

A Vintage Tour, 11:a.m.-1 p.m., May 19

Interested in renting unique event equipment for your party or event booth? A La Crate Vintage Rentals will host an in-house tour from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19. Fromagination is a partner with A La Crate for wedding receptions and special events. For more information, see the A La Crate website.

Craft Beer Week, April 28-May7

Fromagination is participating in Madison’s Craft Beer Week, hosting or helping to host 3 events. “Isn’t celebrating beer something done in Madison 365 days a year?” you ask.  Well, yes, but this is CRAFT Beer Week – it tastes better Come out and have fun. More information is available

Madison Night Market, 6-11 p.m., May 11

The Madison Night Market begins May 11 in downtown Madison on State Street. Fromagination will be on the street with its “cheese cred”…in this case, raclette sandwiches and beverages from WiscoPop! Come out, have fun, and see us on State Street. Click here for more information about the Night Market.

Raclette After Hours, 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 5

Fromagination stays open late to offer delicious, gooey raclette! Our raclette machine melts the famous cheese over bread…and you can try a local beer or wine with it. Fromagination, 12 South Carroll Street, across from the Capitol, and next to the Park Hotel. Hang out later on Friday after work, and have the cheesiest Happy […]

Does Your Cheese Deserve a Grotto?

Cheese is a fermented food product – fermentation, according to Merriam-Webster, is “an enzymatically controlled transformation of an organic compound.”  And decades ago much fermentation occurred in natural, humid places…like a cave.  European cheese makers have long used subterranean spaces to create amazing tastes.  Nowadays, there are other options for cheese makers. Some of Wisconsin […]

Ideas for Your Wedding

Spring is heading toward summer.  The birds and the bees are getting active.  Where do you get ideas to help plan a wedding? From 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, Fromagination will be available to talk about weddings at Madison’s Edgewater Hotel.  Tickets are $25, or 2 for $40. The Everafter wedding […]

Is Cheese on Your Bucket List?

Do you have a favorite place you visit – or thing you do – on vacation?  Does it ever involve food? Travel site and magazine Travel+Leisure recently published a list of places that cheeselovers should visit before they die.  Wisconsin was, of course, on the list!…along with Switzerland, France, northern California, Vermont and several other […]

Raw Milk Appreciation Day 2017

Saturday, April 22, is Raw Milk Appreciation Day! Wisconsin is a state that has heard much of the debate – “America’s Dairyland” being one of its adopted mottos -about raw milk.  While most people drink pasteurized milk, many of those same people may also be comfortable eating a raw milk cheese. There are many great […]

Great Cheese Supports a Good Cause

A variety of non-profit agencies provide services for people without housing in Madison and Dane County.  Porchlight Inc. is an agency that provides temporary housing, a daytime resource center and emergency shelter for homeless residents. On Tuesday, February 28, Fromagination sponsored and assisted with an event to raise funds for Porchlight.  The 2017 Original Chef’s […]

Swiss (Cheese) Heritage

May 2016 is going to be Swiss Heritage month at Fromagination.  Wisconsin has a strong, historic tie to the cheese-making traditions of Switzerland.  Several events will highlight that connection to America’s Dairyland. Switzerland, a small, mountainous country in south-central Europe, has an outsized role in cheese-making history.  It is famous for creations such as Appenzeller, […]

Wisconsin Presidential Primary Candidates…and Their Cheeses!

It’s Time to Make Your Choice Today is Presidential Primary Election Day in Wisconsin!  That’s important, yes..but after you vote, even more important is the issue of which artisan Wisconsin cheese corresponds to the candidate of your choice?  See below for Fromagination’s answer. Hillary Clinton We chose Hook’s Eight-Year Aged Cheddar cheese for Hillary Clinton.  […]

Are the Goats in New York Different?

Another post from the Wandering Cheesemonger finds her now interning at a goat and sheep dairy/cheese maker in Thurman, New York (upstate): Nettle Meadow.  Below is her first communication from midst of the New Yorkers: At Nettle Meadow, cheese chaos is the rule. There are three floors of people running around, making jokes about ‘cutting […]

‘Tis the Season for Fondue

The Wandering Cheesemonger has wandered back to Wisconsin in time for winter.  She offers this advice for the season: Fondue is the perfect decadent treat for a cold winter’s night, traditionally eaten in mountainous regions where a good cheesy meal could help ward off the snow and ice.  A lot of people come to me […]

A Rush Order for Rush Creek?

Rush Creek Reserve is a star in the cheese world, a deliciously creamy cheese whose name is known by anyone and everyone who keeps up on great food, and food legislation, in the United States. This cheese – made by Uplands Cheese Company in Dodgeville, Wisconsin – became a superstar because of its decadently creative […]

Marisa’s Art…and Science

In this fourteenth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger,  our blogger on the dairy scene, Grace, heads toward the spiritual side of cheese. If I were to try and convince someone of the existence of a higher power, I would do so through the miracle that is cheese.  Without prior knowledge, who could possibly imagine that […]

From Amateur to Fromager

In this thirteenth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger,  Grace, the ever-observant blogger, admires the process followed by her mentors. Marisa and Frederic Thomas never imagined themselves as ‘paysannes’, raising goats and making cheese for a living.  They originally bought two goats to keep their horse Histoire company, not intending to even have to milk them. […]

Try, Try Again

In this twelth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, Grace, our blogger whose mission is cheese, examines the mysteries of making good cheese. About two weeks ago, Marisa walked out of the laboratory looking frustrated and stressed. For some reason, the buffalo mozzarella wasn’t coming out right, and she had had to throw away all of […]

“Reading” Milk and Making Cheese

In this eleventh edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our blogger Grace explains a familiar concept: “High quality in = high quality out.” After almost two weeks at the farm, I’m exhausted but happy, spending my days caring for and milking goats, bottle feeding the kids, and working in the lab. Marisa has been teaching me […]

Three Delicious French Cheeses

[Note: We are weeks behind in posting Grace’s tales…but set to catch up quickly!  The image above is provided by the Wandering Cheesemonger.] In this tenth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our blogger-on-the-road, Grace, arrives in France and is greeted with some famous friends. After a whirlwind of rushed re-organizing sparked by the French Consulate […]

The Cheese Talks

[Note: The image above is of Martone, a cow-goat cheese from LaClare Farms, one of the more “interesting” looking cheeses at Fromagination.] In this ninth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, tells us what your cheese choices may tell others…. What does your favorite cheese say about you? My talent for small […]

Mozzarella…from a New Source

In this eighth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, examines a very different source for mozzarella cheese…. A few weeks ago, I bought my ticket to France, which means I’ve finally locked in my summer working at Chevrerie de la Baie, the small goat and buffalo farm that I worked on two […]

Reflecting With Your Goat Cheese

[Note: The image above is of Crottin de Chevre, a goat cheese by Xavier David, soon to be sold at Fromagination.] In this seventh edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, discusses about the work that went into French goat cheese…. This past week I tasted some palhais, a small goat milk round […]

Cheddar Choices

In this sixth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, thinks about Cheddar cheese…. The other night, at dinner, I was talking to some friends about artisanal Wisconsin cheeses. One of them interjected, “Artisanal cheese? From Wisconsin?? What, do you mean cheddar?” They were expressing an attitude that I see frequently in Americans; […]

Sandwiches for Spring!

Fromagination is celebrating spring with a new lunch menu that includes new sandwiches and other offerings at our shop on South Carroll Street. The Dehli Deli Sandwich (pictured above) is a hybrid Wisconsin/North India-themed sandwich: Roasted chicken with a Tandoori marinade on a Telera roll with chutney mayo, Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, and lettuce. The Gastronome […]

Cheese…To DIY or Not to DIY

[Note: The image above is of Myron Olson, cheesemaker at Chalet Cheese Cooperative in Monroe, Wisconsin.] In this fifth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, explains how cheese is made… When I tell people that I’ve worked making cheese, they always ask me, ‘so, how do you make cheese?’ I never quite […]

Intensive Care

In this fourth edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, explains some differences in how people treat their cheese… “Un petit piece de comte—comme ca,” the customers at La Fermerie would say, gesturing how much cheese they wanted me to cut with their hands. I’d cut just about the right amount, quickly wrap […]

Lunch in Cold Weather

Fondue lunch is a Fromagination winter tradition, and our communal table is still set this week for more fans of Swiss culture! Aside from the great tastes – our three-cheese fondue recipe, roasted vegetables, bread and cornichons – the dipping, eating and communing is part of the fun of fondue.  We talk to guests about […]

“Delicious” in French

In this third edition of The Wandering Cheesemonger, our intrepid blogger, Grace, begins to explain how the wandering started… I got off the train in Quimper, 24 hours in to my trip from Madison, Wisconsin to Treguennec, France, half asleep and half scared, and realized that I had somehow forgotten to write down the address […]

The Fondue Dinner

Need a good recipe for a fondue dinner? We have it! This month’s Fromagination Cheese of the Month Subscription shipment is titled “The Fondue Dinner.”  February is cold in Wisconsin, and people need a better reason than beer to gather around the table and commiserate!  So we’ve sent three great cheeses to our Cheese of […]

Look in Your Own Backyard…

The Wandering Cheesemonger is our friend Grace, who will go to Europe this summer to learn more about cheese, and describe her adventures for Fromagination’s Blog!  Here is Grace’s second post: In 2012, I applied for a job at Fromagination, an innovative local cheese store in downtown Madison, Wisconsin that focuses on creating a relationship […]

Welcome the Wandering Cheesemonger

The Wandering Cheesemonger – sometime Fromagination employee Grace Mooney – will be blogging for Fromagination weekly throughout 2015.  She begins her blog this week with a story about her introduction to a seminal figure in local cheese-making: It all started with a ghost. Or was it a goat? In 1982, Anne Topham and Judy Borree, […]

Fromagination Scores With Artisan Sandwich

Madison Magazine’s February issues includes 9 “Super Sandwiches” from Madison specialty food establishments.

The Blues on Your Doorstep

The Cheese of the Month program at Fromagination allows subscribers to receive three half-pound chunks of artisan Wisconsin cheese at their doors each month.  For January

Happy – and Local – 2015!

We have a great assortment of local spirits available for New Year’s Eve and your winter drink-mixing adventures.

Cheesy, Last-Minute Gift Suggestions…

Still need a gift for that hard-to-find-a-gift-for person, or someone who lives far away?  Well…they may be a little cheesy, but Fromagination has three suggestions:

The Elves are Busy

Wednesday, December 17, is the deadline to ship Fromagination cheeses, local specialty foods and other gifts to loved ones, friends and clients far away – in order to guarantee delivery by Christmas.  Our packing elves are not fat, short, or familiar with reindeer husbandry, but they do now how to pack a lovely gift basket!  […]

Ignore Scrooge – Stilton for the Holidays!

Stilton, that distinctive, luscious English blue cheese, is something Charles Dickens’ Bob Cratchit would have had at Christmas dinner…if Mr. Scrooge would have paid him enough.  You can have this wonderful cheese for the holidays this year!  Fromagination carries Colston-Bassett Stilton, sourced from London and the famous Neal’s Yard Dairy.  We do not offer it […]

Gift-Giving Made Easier!

Visit Fromagination “bricks & mortar” shop during the holidays and you’ll see a new addition…the new Gift-Giving Station located in the back corner. 

World Dairy Expo

The beginning of October marked Fromagination’s first foray at the huge, annual celebration of (mainly) cows in Madison: the World Dairy Expo (WDE).

No Kid Hungry

On September 24, Fromagination participated in a fundraiser for the No Kid Hungry campaign to provide funds to help end childhood hunger in Wisconsin. With Emmi Roth USA cheese, Sysco Baraboo , and Stephan & Brady in Madison as our partners, we made, sold and delivered hundreds of sandwiches.

Pop-up Shop at Epic Systems

Fromagination appeared at local software giant Epic Systems’ annual User Group Meeting (UGM) in mid-September to welcome nearly 10,000 Epic clients to a Wisconsin Agriculture Expo tent.