They opened their doors in July 2012 and over the past year have established a devoted following of cheese fans.
Tasting is an option they encourage, and they will eagerly slice for you a sliver of that which tempts your taste buds. The showcase is filled with an array of interesting cheeses, including many Canadian artisan types. An aged cheddar with a balsamic wash is a big seller and one of my personal favourites.
Grande Crème Brie, Quebec Blue, and Mango Ginger, are all popular choices. Beemster Graskaas or “grass cheese” from the Netherlands, is a spring time treat. This cheese is the product of the first spring milk once the cows are put to pasture after a winter in the barn. Bella Casara mini buffalo mozzarella is amazing, try it with some organic tomatoes and a splash of balsamic vinegar, or take home a slice of Greek Saganaki to fry and flambé, Opa!
Café Fromagerie offers many locally produced and sourced items including C’est Bon Cheese a fresh soft unripened goat’s cheese, Primeridge Pure cream cheese, Williams Farms Maple Syrup, Sprucewood Shortbread, Kozlick’s Dijon mustards, and sweet treats from Chelsea Chocolates are available.
Café lunches are served, and of course, they specialize in grilled cheese sandwiches, served with their own Jalapeño ketchup. These are no ordinary grilled cheeses; combinations might include Gouda with caramelized onions and bacon, or perhaps a Brie, blueberry and basil. Daily soup options and fresh baked scones round out the lunch time menu. Coffees and loose leaf teas are offered as well.
Looking for take home dinner options; the freezers are filled with a wide assortment of items such as Best Pierogies, Mama Rosa’s Italian cuisine, and an amazing chicken curry.
Need a perfect cheese tray for your wine tasting; they will create it, or perhaps you are a fan of the esoteric Ski Queen Norwegian whey cheese, they will order it.
Educating the palate is more than just a journey of the taste buds, and the proprietors will eagerly explain where the product comes from and how it might be best enjoyed.
Additionally all the necessary accoutrements are in store; from absolutely gorgeous hand crafted cheese boards to a wide collection of crackers and charcuterie.
I highly encourage you to try Café Fromagerie, there is so much to discover in the world of fine cheese!
181 Livingstone Street East, Unit 22, Barrie, Ontario L4M 6Z4
Written by: Penelope Morrow
Penelope Morrow is a writer, editor and food aficionado from Barrie, follow her tweets @penelopejmorrow