You meet the nicest people when writing about food and you get the occasional delectable perk like being invited to special tastings. Recently, Sapphire held a cheese and wine tasting for 5 Spoke Creamery, a new, small, artisanal producer of organic, raw milk cheeses from New York State. Sapphire Pantry is currently the only venue in California where it can be purchased.
The charming and enthusiastic Alan Glustoff, the cheese maker, was a former food scientist who worked on developing such things as Cool Whip and Pudding Pops at General Foods. His lifelong interest in food changed direction and he became a specialty food broker and more recently a cheese maker.
He launched 5 Spoke Creamery because he wanted to bring packaged, hand-made, small batch cheeses to the supermarket in order to "bridge the great divide between the perceived qualities of cheeses found in the supermarket dairy and deli sections and those cut to order at specialty food shops."