Rainbeau Ridge Cheeses Win Two Awards from the American Cheese Society


Rainbeau Ridge, Lisa Schwartz’s goat dairy and farm in Bedford Hills, won first place and second place ribbons at the American Cheese Society’s 2010 Judging and Competition in August.

Meridian, left, won first place for its outstanding aesthetics and its exceptional flavor.  ChevreLait, right, the farm’s fresh pasteurized goat cheese in 5-inch rounds, earned a Red Ribbon for Second Place (its second ribbon in two years).


A press release, after the jump.


Meridian takes First Place; ChevreLait take Second Place

BEDFORD HILLS, NY – Rainbeau Ridge, a goat dairy within a hour of New York City, was awarded First Place and Second Place ribbons at the American Cheese Society’s 2010 Judging and Competition Awards which took place in Seattle, August 23rd-28th.

Awarded the Blue First Place Ribbon, Lisa Schwartz’s Meridian variety was recognized for its outstanding aesthetics and its exceptional flavor. This cheese has a vegetable ash coating and middle vein and is a favorite not only among the judges but also cheese lovers.

ChevreLait, the farm’s fresh pasteurized goat cheese in 5” rounds, earned a Red Ribbon for Second Place (its second ribbon in two years).

Rainbeau Ridge cheese is hand-ladled farmstead cheese (all of the milk comes from the goats on the farm) and is available in fine specialty retailers including Mt. Kisco Seafood (NY), Lucy’s Whey (NYC), Wasik’s Cheese Shop (MA), Darien Cheese & Fine Foods (CT) and Cowgirl Creamery (DC) and on the menu in exceptional restaurants (including Iron Horse Grill, Gramercy Tavern, Lincoln Center’s Grand Tier and Blue Hill at Stone Barns and the Culinary Institute of America).

More information about the cheese products as well as where to buy them can be found on our website at www.rainbeauridge.com.


Since its inception in 2002, Rainbeau Ridge has been committed to proving that local farming and appreciation for nature can once again be an important cornerstone of community life and is making sustainable living second nature™.

Rainbeau Ridge is a local resource for sustainable living and accessible agriculture, offering a wide range of activities, programs and products for families and individuals to incrementally integrate nature into their lives. We help people make choices which lead to a healthier and nature-enriched lifestyle. Rainbeau Ridge’s programs and products are important parts of the social, cultural, educational and commercial activities that tie a community together.

Rainbeau Ridge farmstead goat milk cheese is available in fine retail stores and restaurants throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. The goat cheese won awards at the 2010, 2009 and 2008 American Cheese Society competitions and was recognized by Westchester Magazine in July 2008 as Best of Westchester. Its critically acclaimed book, Over the Rainbeau: Living the Dream of Sustainable Farming, is available through its web-site and local retailers and is the winner of a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards.

New adult and children’s programs are being added all the time, including Roots, Buds and Sprouts, In Lisa’s Kitchen cooking classes and Accessible Agriculture workshops. To learn more or to join the mailing list, please visit the website at www.rainbeauridge.com.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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