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Two St. Louisans earn ACS Certified Cheese Professional designation

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013



The American Cheese Society recently welcomed two local cheese professionals to its elite group of ACS Certified Cheese Professionals from the U.S. and Cananda. Vicki Decker Smith of Fox River Dairy and Melanie Coffey of Whole Foods in Town & Country were among the 132 industry professionals to pass this year’s rigourous exam.

The annual exam tests an individual’s knowledge and skills in all aspects of the cheese-making industry. It covers a broad range of cheese-related topics, such as raw ingredients, the cheese-making process, selecting distributors, regulations, sanitation and more. Once a member earns ACS CCP designation, they must actively participate in the cheese industry and earn recertification every three years. Recipients receive an official lapel pin, embroidered patch, certificate and the right to use the title ACS Certified Cheese Professional.

Decker Smith and Coffey are the latest to achieve this title, but they are not the only ones in Missouri. Diane Bruce and Andrew Fair, both of St. Louis, also are ACS CCPs.



Drink This Weekend Edition: Warm up with a blondie this weekend

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

100211_drinkthisIt’s cold and the shortened daylight hours can be downright depressing. But while we’re all darting for the hybernating ways of down comforters and Netflix, Washington Avenue’s newest café/wine bar, Blondie’s, might be the real cure for the winter blues. Just walking into the sunshine-colored, window-abundant, elegantly outfitted space will cheer you up. But it’s those drinks – the ones with booze (although there are many choices among non-alcoholic beverages) – that will keep you content for hours.

The Blondie’s drink menu is a flirt with the screen actresses of old and new. Beverages from all four sections of the cocktail menu – bombshell martinis, dessert martinis, cold dessert drinks and hot dessert drinks – are named after famous man-eaters: Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Farrah Fawcett, Brigitte Bardot and Kim Basinger, just to name a few.

The most popular blonde bombshell has been champagne cocktail The Uma Thurman (pictured). The drink is a combination of Belvedere Citron Vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, St. Germaine Elderflower and Chambord, with cranberry juice tingeing the cocktail to a pinkish hue. The mix is shaken over ice, strained, then topped with Chandon sparkling wine. The cocktail feels innocently sweet at first, but finishes smarter, tarter, even bold. It’s the Uma Thurman whose naive character, after a blush or two, gets bed-smart in Dangerous Liaisons.

Got a hankering for something hotter? The Lana Turner is the leading lady you want to try. This steamy hot-chocolate drink turns grown-up with an ounce each of Herradura Añejo Tequila and Tuaca (an Italian liqueur flavored with vanilla and citrus), and pinches of cayenne and cinnamon, before being topped with house-made whipped cream.

If you come with a hungry tummy, get ready to loosen your belt because chef Josh Charles sends out some tasty small plates. The Mac Daddy Cheese and Charcuterie Plate is a nice example of the local sourcing and house-made pantry items that characterize food offerings at Blondie’s. The plate features cheeses from Fox River Dairy, meats from Salume Beddu, along with a relish, chutney, baked olives, candied nuts and other nice-touch accompaniments. For a peek at this platter and other noteworthy aspects at Blondie’s Coffee and Wine Bar, check out our Sneak Peek on the Sauce Facebook page.

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