We represent hundreds of artisanal producers making delicious and responsible food; learning their stories in person and then retelling them to our customers; and building a team of advocates for real food.
Our Mission: Do Good. Eat Good.
Our Core Principles:
- Passion with Purpose.
- Be True. To Ourselves. To Others.
- Be a Juggernaut of Awesome.
- Family First. Then Business.
- Improve Every Day.
When you support us, you're supporting the following practices:
On Sourcing: We partner with artisans who manage their lands sustainably and regeneratively, care for their herds humanely, source raw materials ethically, and lead their businesses and teams to do better. It's a positive circle of support and love. In that light, we work to follow the principles of the Slow Food movement in sourcing goods that are "good, clean, and fair," as well as the Good Food movement in curating a selection of foods that are "tasty, authentic, and responsibly-sourced." To that end, we are proud members of the Slow Food Austin chapter as small business members and we are a part of the Good Food Retailers Collaborative.
On Operating: We seek to minimize our footprint. We recycle and compost, minimizing our waste. We use biodegrable, compostable materials - from our cheese trays to our specially-sourced cheese paper. Daily, we continue to push forward to become a better, greener business.
On Paying It Forward: We donate goods and services to numerous nonprofit organizations and charitable endeavors. Additionally, we donate a significant portion of our time to serving our local Austin community, as well as national cheese community and our global food system. John is Vice-President of the American Cheese Society, a national nonprofit, and serves as a SKU Mentor. Kendall serves on the steering and membership committees of the Good Food Retailers Collaborative, on the board of the Austin Child Guidance Center, as a grant committee member of Impact Austin, and as a delegate at the Slow Food Nations symposium in Denver 2017. Both Kendall and John are also honored to contribute to Philanthropitch.
Here's to continuing to push the ball forward and letting our mission of "Do Good. Eat Good." drive every decision we make, working towards a positive impact for our team, our community, our producers, our food system, and our environment.
Some Exciting Mentions:
Best Cheese Shops in America - Travel + Leisure Magazine
Top U.S. Cheese Shops - The Gourmet Retailer (2017)
Best Artisan Food Company - Austin Chronicle readers' poll (2013)
Local Hero Food Shop - Edible Austin readers' poll (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
Best Austin Local Eats - Austin Monthly (2013)