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Waterloo, WI, March 24, 2011—Fans of Crave Brothers award-winning Mascarpone won’t be surprised to learn that the fresh sweet cheese has just earned its twentieth honor. In March, judges at the 2011 United States Championship Cheese Contest recognized Crave Brothers Mascarpone with the Second Place Award in the Open Class Soft Cheeses Category. With 98.85 points, Crave Brothers Mascarpone was the highest-scoring Mascarpone in the contest. Mascarpone, with its rich and creamy profile, is ideal for desserts, and can be mixed with whipped cream to use as a dip for fresh fruits.
In the Smear-Ripened Semi-Soft Cheeses Category, Crave Brothers Les Frères took the Third Place Honors. The rich rind-washed cheese is characterized by its earthy, fruity flavor. Les Frères makes a simple yet sensational presentation when served with fruits, bread and wine. This is the eleventh award the cheese has received.
The Crave Brothers—Charles, George, Tom and Mark— produce their artisan quality cheese at a farmstead cheese factory on their state-of-the-art family farm. The farm emphasizes conservation and sustainable practices.
The 2011 United States Championship Cheese Contest is the largest dairy product competition in the U.S. The competition boasts a 120-year history, dating back to the first Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association contest in 1891. This year’s competition, held in Green Bay, WI, drew 1,602 entries from 30 states.
For product information and Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics recipes such as Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Soup or Arugula and Les Frères Salad with Lavender Honey and Lemon Vinaigrette, visit the website at http://www.cravecheese.com.
The Crave family farms 1700 acres of rich land in south-central Wisconsin, growing soybeans, corn and alfalfa to use as nutritious feed for their Holstein cows. Every pound of cheese made by George Crave, a licensed cheese maker, is made with milk from the family’s herd. Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese also produces Mascarpone, Fresh Mozzarella, Les Frères and Petit Frère French-style cheeses, Farmer’s Rope Part-Skim Mozzarella String Cheese and Oaxaca.