Scardello Aims to Determine the Cheese Champion of the World

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Just as most basketball fans didn't pay much heed to UNC Asheville before the Bulldogs stomped Arkansas-Little Rock in overtime last night, Scardello Cheese owner Rich Rogers hopes his shop's second annual cheese bracket will bring attention to overlooked cheese regions.

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France took the "Tour de Fromage" title last year, but Rogers doesn't anticipate a repeat victory -- especially since the nation faces Italy in the first round.

"This will be a good way to kick it off," Rogers says of tonight's match-up.

The competition series unfolds over seven weeks, with participants paying $25 for each blind tasting session. Upcoming matches include "East Coast vs. Mid-U.S.", "West Coast vs. British Isles" and "Spain vs. Switzerland." Since there's no fair way to seed the competitors, the couplings are chosen randomly.

To choose a winner, participants sample five pairs of cheeses. The region which wins the most pairs moves on to the next round.

"What I like about this is it changes people's perspectives," Rogers says. When the cheeses are revealed, "there's usually a lot of gasping in the room."

Last year, West Coast cheeses upset Italian cheeses.

"People were shocked," Rogers says.

Tonight's class is already overbooked, but Scardello's added a second France vs. Italy session on Friday.

"It's a lot of fun," Rogers says. "It's one class where if it was possible for me attend, I would."

Location Info

Scardello Artisan Cheese

3511 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant


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