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Handcrafted Cheese From All Around the World Found at Miami's Cheese Course

By S. Mathur

The European style bistro and cheese store offers cheese tastings and classes as well as a delicious menu of sandwiches, soups, quiche and salads. Why cheese? Manager Shamarie Marrero says that "It gives us the opportunity to tell the story of every cheese maker, region and animals of where it comes from. It makes a great opportunity to educate and interact with guests to tell that story."

With cheese from France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and the US, there are plenty of tales to tell. Like wine, the story of cheese can be traced back to its region of origin. It can even tell you the story of the animal that produced the milk from which the cheese was made. For nutritionists, cheese is the complete food. For connoisseurs, it pairs beautifully with wine, olives, honey, fruits and nuts. In terms of popularity and education.

"Its where wine was 20 years ago and its growing popularity everyday to be included in the diet of everyone. Because cheese is one of those foods that is so rich and has so much history and story. Its authenticity comes from different regions and the simplicity of how its made", says Marrero.

The Cheese Course is both a cheese store and a bistro offering light meals focused on cheese. While the #7 Prosciutto and Mozzarella sandwich is the most popular, the menu has all the favorites like Black Forest ham and brie, chicken and fontina, smoked salmon with goat cheese or cream cheese, tuna melt and applewood bacon with goat Gouda. Breakfast sandwiches are served on a croissant. The lunch menu offers any combination of a half sandwich and soup. The soups include a Yukon Gold potato and cheddar and a mushroom and brie bisque as well as old favorites with a special touch like roasted chicken noodle and a tomato bisque with a hint of basil.

There are two locations in Miami, downtown and in Pinecrest. The menu is suitable for catering since the sandwiches travel and last well. Complimentary cheese tastings are open to the public, Marrero says, and "guests can join us in pairing cheeses and wines." On Siply Thursdays, both locations offer $3 craft beers and house wine glasses from 5pm to closing time.

The store also sells cheese and wine, and gifts to delight a foodie's heart (or stomach), such as fondue pots, ceramic cookware, cheese cookbooks, jams, jellies and spreads, and organic cookies and nuts.

People who like cheese love the Cheese Course, as customer's comments show.

"Wow wow wow! I am a restaurant owner and sometimes the hardest guy to please when it comes to food, but I absolutely love the sandwiches these guys are making. When you use great ingredients like they do the results are delicious! I will be a customer of theirs for years to come. As long as they keep doing what they are doing."
"I love the turkey sandwich on the roll with that sweet chutney sauce!!!! Amazing :) their bread is the best ever !!"

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