Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese is Seattle’s only artisan cheesemaker. Their award-winning cheese, crackers and famous “world’s best” mac and cheese are all a must-try for any cheese fan. We caught up with them for a Q&A about what goes into making great cheese.
What was the origin of Beecher’s?
In 2003, Kurt Beecher Dammeier opened his first Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market. For Kurt, Beecher’s fulfilled an ambition beyond just making great cheese. He has long felt passionately about eating food free of harmful additives and preservatives.
That’s why everything we produce, from the handcrafted cheeses to the delicious side dishes and crackers, is authentic, original, full-flavored food made with ingredients we trust and are proud of.
In 2011, Beecher’s opened a new store, café and restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District, while still staying true and sourcing only local, premium milk for cheesemaking.
How do you make Beecher’s cheese?
By starting with fresh, pure milk from local farms and applying the traditional methods used by cheesemakers for thousands of years, Beecher’s cheeses are free of artificial ingredients, making them just as delicious as the milk they’re made from. Cheeses made in Seattle use only milk from cows in dairies in and around Seattle, which aren’t given any additional growth hormones.
Quality seems to be the key to Beecher’s. How else do you give back to the community?
In keeping with our commitment to pure food, Beecher’s contributes 1% of all sales to the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation, empowering kids to make healthy food choices for life.
The Foundation operates a free Workshop for 4th and 5th grade students, teaching them how to read nutrition facts and ingredient lists, and how to understand marketing on food packaging. The Workshop reaches over 15,000 students annually in the Seattle and New York City metros.
Beecher’s cheese is available year-round. You can visit them online at BeechersCheese.com, follow them on Twitter at @BeechersSeattle, and find them on Facebook and Instagram at “beecherscheese.”