The DeLish Bite

Lindsay Evans blogs about food, entertaining and her favourite recipes for Green Living.

Boutique cheese shops selling artisanal cheeses, fresh bakery breads and other complimentary gourmet foods are becoming commonplace in our cities across Canada. However, in my home city, Toronto, there is a new shop in town, and I must admit that it seems to be turning heads.

About Cheese is a charming little cheese shop, which has conveniently opened its doors immediately next to Cumbrae’s, one of the best and most beautiful butchers in the city. It appears that owner, Cole Snell from Provincial Fine Foods, set out to create a cheese shop very reminiscent of European cheese shops in that he is dedicated to placing quality over quantity.

A quick drop in this weekend allowed me to see first hand what all the fuss is about and, I must say, that I was impressed. Not only was the atmosphere charming and unpretentious but the staff were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and keen to offer generous portion samples of any of the cheeses available.

A great proportion of the cheeses for sale are from Quebec (about 60%), with the rest coming from somewhere between Newfoundland on the East coast to Salt Spring Island on the West Coast in British Columbia. There are also a selection of fine European cheeses available.

A definite must in my books, and as I often work quite close to the area, I will absolutely be dropping in often.
About Cheese, 483 Church Street, Toronto, provincialfinefoods.com