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Hillsborough Cheese Company is more than happy to announce (a month overdue!) a new partnership with Bin 54 in Chapel Hill!  Owned by George Bakatsias, a much loved and respected restaurateur,  Bin 54 is truly extreme fine dining, and it is located in Chapel Hill, at Glen Lennox.  Executive Chef Kevin Draper uses only the finest ingredients (that’s why he picked us, right?!), and always has a menu filled with mouth-watering morsels, which changes seasonally.  Chef Draper is currently using our goat cheese, as well as some of our aged cheeses, to compliment his menu.  If you are looking for a superlative dining experience for a special occasion, or just a lovely night out, go check out Bin 54!

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If you’ve never tried a North Carolina fig then you’ve never lived!  Ok, well, they are pretty good and it’s wonderful that we can have even a short growing season for figs here.  They may not be as sweet as Mediterranean figs, but they still are tasty and local!  We will be bringing figs to market for the next few weeks, and there should be plenty! The trees are enormous and Cindy has been super busy picking them for you!  We’ve also mixed up a batch of customer favorite Honey Fig Chevre that we will be bringing to market for the next few weeks (well, bringing a different batch each time!).  Here are some photos to stimulate your taste buds!

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Hillsborough Cheese Company has the wonderful privilege to be a participating vendor at this summer’s hottest cheese event in the Triangle: The First Annual Artisan Cheese Fest!  Hosted by the Durham Cookery, the festival will showcase several area cheesemakers (including yours truly!), as well as several other area businesses which support and compliment artisan cheese, from bakeries to local grocers and specialty shops.  In addition to sampling products from all these great local businesses, there will be beer and wine, and The American Meltdown food truck will be supplying some excellent fare for lunch.  Best of all: it’s completely FREE!  Join us on June 29th from 1-4pm for tastings, but hang out all day for the company and some beverages. cheese_event_announcement

Hillsborough Cheese Company has the wonderful privilege to be a participating vendor at this summer’s hottest cheese event in the Triangle: The First Annual Artisan Cheese Fest!  Hosted by the Durham Cookery, the festival will showcase several area cheesemakers (including yours truly!), as well as several other area businesses which support and compliment artisan cheese, from bakeries to local grocers and specialty shops.  In addition to sampling products from all these great local businesses, there will be beer and wine, and The American Meltdown food truck will be supplying some excellent fare for lunch.  Best of all: it’s completely FREE!  Join us on June 29th from 1-4pm for tastings, but hang out all day for the company and some beverages. cheese_event_announcement

We are looking to bring a new apprentice on board to help us out beginning in July.  This is a great opportunity for someone looking to get in on the ground-floor of a growing, local business and really get involved in the local food community. Click through to read the full job description, and send us an e-mail if you’re interested!

Hillsborough Cheese Company is searching for a cheese apprentice to assist us in our small, family-run operation.

About the position:

This is primarily a kitchen job. Average workdays involve processing milk, making and maintaining the cheeses, fulfilling orders, and cleaning. Up to 50% of the day is often spent washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen to prevent cross-contamination of cheeses and meet state and federal regulations. There is also a physical component to the job; a lot of repeated lifting and time spent on your feet (you’ll get a workout!). Saturday mornings involve packing up, selling at one of our local markets, and then cleaning up after market. Additionally there are occasional opportunities to attend trade & food shows, events, and conferences.

What we are looking for in a new hire:

- Previous commercial kitchen experience highly desired (restaurant, catering, etc.), but we are willing to train the right candidate
- Previous retail or waitstaff experience a plus
- Must be able to work 8 hours on your feet
- Must be able to lift at least 50lbs
- Must be detail-oriented and able to juggle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
- Must take direction well and pay close attention to details
- Saturday morning availability is a MUST
- Ability to make a one-year commitment (due to amount of training required)

Benefits

- Comprehensive training on making and maintaining cheeses! Impress your friends!
- Competitive wage compared to most kitchen jobs, with flexibility for quick increases after training
- Flexible scheduling – Saturday nights off! We also work around vacations, events, other commitments, etc. We want you to have a life outside of work!
- Fun, fast-paced work environment. Not your usual kitchen job!
- You will always be the person at a dinner party with the most interesting job.
- Cheese!

We would prefer a full-time hire, but are also willing to consider part-time for the right person. We are looking to fill this position ASAP, so please e-mail a resume, two references, and a paragraph or two about why you would be interested in making cheese.

hillsboroughcheeseco@gmail.com

Once again we have been beyond honored by our super-fantastic customers!  We are among The Independent Weekly’s three finalists for Best Local Cheese Producer in the Triangle!  Thank you all so, so much for voting for us again this year!  We try our hardest to bring you the very best cheese we can!  We hope you will join us at the Best of the Triangle Party at DAP on June 15th from 4-10 pm to eat, drink and listen to some great music!  Thank you all so much for your votes and your support!

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CountySeatGrilledCheese

6 medium sized turnips, diced

½ tsp chili powder

¼ cup water

2 tbs salted butter

1tbs granulated sugar

2 tbs olive oil

2 slices sunflower seed bread

¼ tsp white truffle oil

1 slice County Seat Caraway Cheese

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Turnips

Pour ¼ cup water into skillet over medium heat. Add diced turnips and ¼ tsp chili powder.

Stirring occasionally, cook until water evaporates (15 minutes).

Add 2 tbs butter, and once melted, add 1 tbs sugar; mix so radishes are well-coated. Remove from skillet once sugar dissolves (1-2 minutes) and set aside.

Tip: If using the same skillet, clean now as the sugar can burn while making grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese

Drizzle 1/8 tsp white truffle oil onto one side of each piece of bread. Sandwich slice of County Seat Caraway cheese between the bread slices with truffle oiled sides facing inwards.

Add 2 tbs olive oil to skillet over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, place the sandwich in the skillet. Immediately, reintroduce radishes along the skillets edge to bring to temperature for a coordinated meal. Flip sandwich after 3 minute, wait 2 more minutes and serve immediately.

Note: When using white truffle oil, I err on the side of caution as it’s quick to overpower a dish. However, I found using a liberal ¼ tsp. created balance between the robust flavors of it and County Seat Caraway. 

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