artisanal cheese

Get Curd-Nerdy on the Art of the Cheese Plate at Monger’s Palate

Cheesemonger Lisa Griffin in Monger’s Palate (photo: Julia Moak)

Did you know that just four ingredients make up thousands of types of cheese in seven different categories? Self-proclaimed cheesemonger Lisa Griffin (and bonafide American Cheese Society Certified Professional) will readily geek out about all things cheese—from how it’s made, to how it tastes, where it comes from, and what food to pair it with. “The most important question is what you don’t like because that eliminates certain things right away. And it depends on what the occasion is,” she says. Whether you are going to a picnic, throwing a party, or having a romantic dinner at home, you can expect a personalized cheese experience at Monger’s Palate (192 Driggs Ave).


After culinary school and several years of working in fine dining, Lisa began to focus on her favorite food item (you guessed it, cheese) and honed her expertise at NYC’s famed Murray’s Cheese and then at Lucy’s Whey cafe. “Cheesemonger” harkens back to the days when you’d go to a central market where designated mongers of all kinds would sell goods. In that spirit, Lisa has curated an assortment of old world staples featuring international and domestic cheese makers. Continue reading

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Goodbye Greenpoint Cheese & Meat, Hello Monger’s Palate

Founders Jessica and Ursula

Last week, Greenpoint Cheese and Meat closed its doors. It was a cheese lover’s dream, and your one stop Greenpoint shop for everything related to it – from meats, artisanal breads, sandwiches, and a well-curated selection of accompaniments and cheese-wares. It was here I discovered my favorite American cheese Kunik, and it was a reliable source for your picnicking needs or last minute gifts.

I’m going to miss its warm, cozy vibe and the spunky ladies behind it – Jessica and Ursula. But it looks like the legacy of Greenpoint Cheese & Meat will live on in Detroit as Curd & Cured. Continue reading

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