Founded in 2012, Downtown Sarasota’s premiere cheese shop, Artisan Cheese Company, was originally located in a small space on Main Street for 6-1/2 years.
They moved to a much bigger and beautiful space with a full kitchen and welcoming tables and chairs for lunch or an early dinner at a convenient location in the Rosemary District last year. Offering distinct cheeses from around the world, the move to the larger Rosemary District location was definitely a gift to the community. In addition to the large selection of cheese, Louise is carrying amazing products that can’t be found anywhere else!
Cheese classes, wine tastings and special events are all a part of this wonderful spot!
Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They always have a soup, a salad, a taco choice and the famous grilled cheese sandwiches. Cheese boards are served all day. They even offer beer and wine, as well as soft drinks and delicious brewed iced tea, hot tea or coffee.
Their cooler is filled with yummy homemade soups, pickled vegetables, butter and did I mention the amazing homemade macaroni and cheese…so good! The odd bits are a treat and a surprise…small pieces of cheese are wrapped in their signature paper and you never know what you’ll find when you open up the small package!
A great gift idea for someone – a ticket to the wine tasting! Only $15.00 for some of the tastings — or plan a fun get-together with a few of your pals! Another very special gift is one of the cheese boards they carry – handmade by local artists.
Next time you’re downtown, plan to visit Louise and her staff at the Artisan Cheese Company; the shop is filled with happy spirits, delicious foods and many treasures!
From Artisan Cheese Company Website:
IMPORTANT NOTICE DURING COVID 19 PANDEMIC.
We are not conducting business during this time. Our dine in cheese plate service has been suspended. We will be open for limited hours Wednesday – Saturday. Please check our social media as the changes will be made to parallel the evolving situation.
In the mean time we are offering ONLINE ORDERING here for curbside or walk up pick up only as we want to limit how many people are in the shop at any given time. We will be moving to a cashless system and this is the ONLY way you can purchase anything at the shop right now. THE WEBSITE IS NOW LIVE
But we have chosen a lovely selection of Cheese, Pantry, Wine and prepared Foods to keep you well stocked. We will remain hard at work in the kitchen making sure we have everything from Mac and Cheese to Tomato soup.
It’s a way to keep the employees working and to sustain our business during this terrible moment in our history.
PLEASE NOTE – The process is not perfect. We have a walk up window and we are asking everyone to walk up to the side door and we will help you through a sliding window. And thank you for understanding that we want to keep you and our staff safe.
Please consider buying a gift certificate for the future.
And thank you, Louise and the team.
Artisan Cheese Company
550 Central Avenue at Boulevard of the Arts
Monday-Friday, 10:00 until 6:00; Saturday 9:00 until 6:00; closed Sunday
Photos courtesy of Artisan Cheese Company Facebook Page and Betty Berg