Louise and Parker Converse weren’t always this cheesy.
World travelers these two, they dabbled as a master woodworker (he) and graphic designer (she) during their first tour of Sarasota from 2002 to 2008.
After a short stint back in the Northeast – for a job at Harvard, no less – the pair made their way back to Florida.
And you’ll be glad they did.
Louise is originally from England and Scotland, where the cheese is just so good.
So she did her research, touring her homeland to determine just what she wanted to bring to her proper Floridian cheese shop.
Here, they serve “hand cut to order artisanal and farmhouse cheeses, pantry goods and other lovely things choice picked from across the region, the country and the rest of the world,” Louise states eloquently.
They make everything they can in-house, and use local farms and markets whenever possible.
Focaccia for the unrivaled grilled cheese (fresh cow’s milk with an herb blend) comes from The Bread Shop, a German bakery south of town.
When in doubt, order a Cheese Plate, served all day long.
You’ll learn a lot about cheese here, with tasting notes to help you pair your selections with honey, nuts, figs and other fruits, served on a gorgeous cutting board.
Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The cozy restaurant offers family-style seating, so you can talk about your cheese with your fellow snackers and lunchgoers.
Perfect for an afternoon date or snack, you can also pop in for wine or local beer with your curd.
These cheesemongers really love the space they’ve created, and they’re quite knowledgeable about the products they serve.
Artisan Cheese Company is located at 1310 Main Street in Sarasota FL. Look for the ship’s red funnel on the roof. For more information, please visit the Artisan Cheese Company website or call (941) 951-7860.