By Jonathan Brooks
The Cheese Course, a European-style bistro offering more than 150 cheeses from around the world, has set up shop in Pinecrest.
The South Florida-based business prides itself in authentic, hand-crafted artisanal creations made from dairy farms using old world cheese-making methods.
As their website states, “we are a unique and culturally rich exploration in food and proud of our organic roots to the farm.”
The atmosphere is quaint, and you will feel as if you’ve just arrived at a cooking class. There are bookshelves filled with books on cheese and the culinary arts, food magazines, kitchen tools and gadgets scattered throughout the large space.
Cutting boards galore hang by the window, the tabletops are marble and wood, and industrial metal chairs invite you to take a seat. Coolers and baskets overflowing with cheese surprise you at every turn.
Aside from offering tastings, classes and events, the bistro offers an amazing array of sandwiches, salads and cheesy courses.
Salads (starting at $8.45) include traditional choices, such as Italian, Greek and Caesar, as well as field greens in French, English, American, and Spanish styles with chicken breast, chicken salad and tuna salad for an extra charge. For gourmet fans, smoked salmon, prosciutto, Serrano ham or pate might be just the thing.
Sandwiches (starting at $7.95), such as a classic cheddar melt, offer a long list of parings sure to please avid cheese connoisseurs. Their most popular sandwich is the Prosciutto di Parma, which uses a 14 month-aged Italian prosciutto that gets its nutty flavor from the pig’s diet of Parmigiano Reggiano whey.
Their cheese courses (starting at $7.95) can be created to your unique tastes, and you can choose cheeses from a specific region. The Cheese Steward’s Tasting Plate consists of carefully selected items from their collection and is available at market price. Two can share a category sampler ($22.95), with your choice of mild, medium, or bold flavors.
Try their homemade quiche ($8.95) for a truly delicious bite. Order it with ham and assorted cheeses, or mixed veggies with gruyere and comte cheese.
Their liquor license should be in place soon, and the friendly staff will be able to pair your cheese up with the perfect beer ($3.95), or glass of wine (starting at $5.95). In the mean time, enjoy an espresso ($1.95), or cappuccino ($2.95) from the coffee bar.
Can’t get enough cheese? Check out their website for Cheese 101, Featured Cheese Makers, Ask the Cheesemonger, and more. You can also sign up for their newsletter and search their online cheese library!
And remember to tell them that you heard about them on GreatFoodList.com.
The Cheese Course
11355 South Dixie Highway
Pinecrest, Fl. 33186
Visit them online, at www.thecheesecourse.com
Sunday – Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Takeout and catering is available