CAroline Hostettler, Quality Cheese
Ever since she had helped making it as a young girl in the Bernese alps cheese was one of Caroline's passion. And after the food journalist moved from Switzerland to Florida in 1996 it was the cheeses she had been surrounded by and loved so much that she missed the most.
After joking over the phone one day and telling her friend - Affineur Rolf Beeler with whom she had been working on and off back home - she might have no other option than to start importing his products the idea got stuck in her head. So in 1998, equipped with two rollable coolers and 100lbs of fine Beeler cheeses, Caroline set out on a two weeks long trip during which she met and tasted with only the very best chefs.
Quality Cheese was born. The first customers included Picholine and Daniel restaurants in New York City, Charlie Trotter's in Chicago, IL and The French Laundry in Yountville, CA. The rest is history.
Quality Cheese brings in hand crafted cheeses that reflect their origin & tradition and tell a story & history through their flavors, aromas, textures and uniqueness. Caroline works closely with both producers and Affineurs - and when ever possible with herds - and is a passionate educator in the field of precious cheeses that deserve to be understood, appreciated and handled right.
Caroline lives in Fort Myers, FL with her husband and four sons.
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