Calgary’s premier speciality retailer of fresh-cut, fine cheeses from around the globe, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese (1017 16 Ave. S.W.) is truly a cheese-lover’s dream come true. For over a decade, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese has been the place to go for cheese, charcuterie and related items for Calgarians in the know.
Janice Beaton, the Queen of Cheese herself, is no stranger to this city’s niched culinary scene. Having operated her homey cheese shop on 17th ave since early-2000, Janice is the super woman behind other highly successful ventures on the avenue including Farm Restaurant, located behind her namesake cheese store.
In 2009, Janice was inducted into to the prestigious Guilde des Fromagers and Confrerie de Saint-Uguzon, a France-based organization that recognizes exceptional cheese experts and vendors from around the world.
Explore the wide selection of international cheeses like the Bleu des Basques from France, the Tete de Moine from Switzerland, the delicious Stilton Colston Bassett from England, a Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy, a Manchego from Spain and a Parrano from Holland.
There are between 125 to 200 different cheeses to choose from here and taste-testing is highly encouraged.
Inside, you’ll find yourself in a space that’s not unlike a deli, but with a lot more cheese and softer lighting. The decor is cozy and comfortable, in a rustic-country-meets-casual-french-bakery kind of way.
Take a seat in one of the blazing red barstools, the perfect place to take in the upbeat environment and sample Janice Beaton’s Daily Cheese Plate, which include two types of cheeses, one meat, olives, coleslaw, mustard and flatbread. Divine for just $10.50.
There’s even a full-fledged Grilled Cheese Bar and a staff of true cheesemongers (a.k.a. cheese experts) behind the counter who can help you find exactly what you’re looking for – from the mildest Emmental to the stinkiest blue cheese, Janice Beaton has it all. Just be sure to come with lots of time to spare.
Visit Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, located at 1017 16 Ave. S.W., directly behind Farm Restaurant.
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