Cheese In The News – Vol. 15

Favourite cheese takes top honours

trophy first second third placeTwo Cotswold food producers have won top titles at this year’s British Cheese Awards. There were almost 900 entries from 189 cheese makers which were judged by 56 cheese experts. I wonder if one of those judges wasn’t Jayne, from InJaynesWorld. Second place winner, Catherine Elliott, said she was over the moon with the runner-up title. “Support for local food producers, including the finest that the Cotswolds has to offer is central to our approach and is something we feel especially passionate about when it comes to selecting our range of cheeses.” She said she hoped the result would encourage people to rediscover the joy of cheese. While they may not be local producers to me, I wholeheartedly agree with Catherine and strongly encourage everyone to send me some Cotswold. Now.

Family fun and a heart attack…who could ask for anything more?

The menu for the 2010 N.C. State Fair included a Krispy Kreme hamburger, which is a burger between two glazed doughnuts. Cheese and bacon are optional.  So is Lipitor. There are also Koolickles, pickles soaked in a combination of the Kool-Aid and pickle brine. On the off-chance your heart is still pumping after that, deep-fried honey buns, Chips Ahoy cookies, chocolate pie, Frito pie and bacon and cheese mashed potato bites are also available.  Apparently, sales of the $6 Krispy Kreme sandwich were brisk, even as passersby uttered the word “gross” at regular intervals.  Really? I can’t imagine why. After all, a worker in the grille explained to them that the state fair is a time to experiment with unique foods. “It’s the state fair,” he said. “You’ve got to try some foods outside of your comfort zone.” Hey, as long as you’re not outside a hospital zone, why not?

That must be one hell of a grilled cheese sandwich

classic grilled cheese sandwichA 65-year-old Florida grandmother offered to make the deputy who pulled her over a grilled cheese sandwich *nudge, nudge, wink, wink* in exchange for getting out of a ticket, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  Elsie Wright O’Conner was pulled over after a deputy noticed she was driving erratically. The deputy found an empty bottle of vodka, a second half-empty bottle of vodka, a cup and some orange juice in O’Conner’s vehicle. O’Conner’s plea? “Come on now, I’m a grandma, can’t you do something for me since I’m not that bad. I could have brought you back to my house and made you a grilled cheese sandwich.” I don’t even want to know what that is a euphemism for. Authorities said the woman’s blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit. O’Conner was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and the obscene misuse of grilled cheese.

I’d really like to see his Facebook status update

Remember the cheese thief with the great name, Harley Davidson Ironwing? Remember, he attempted to steal some string cheese, was chased by an employee, and knocked over and injured an 85-year-old man? He was arrested for accidental assault and practicing stupidity without a license  in June, but pleaded guilty this month to the charges. Ironwing has been sentenced to 18 months in jail and has had his organ donor card revoked.


Because it wouldn’t be Cheese In The News without my favourite franchise
Part One:

Florida sheriff’s deputies arrested a mother, daughter and friend at Chuck E. Cheese’s Sunday night after other customers complained about them cursing and disturbing other guests. Shavonna Duff, 32, was arrested on charges of trespassing as well as obstruction and battery on a law enforcement officer, while her 15-year-old daughter, Miracle, also faces a felony charge of battery and not living up to her name. Duff got into an argument with the manager, Miracle interfered while a deputy made several attempts to get handcuffs on Duff and when he finally did, Miracle grabbed her mother’s leg and refused to let go. She was then arrested, deputies said. Not wanting to be left out, the teen boy with the Duffs refused orders to go back inside and kicked a trash can toward some kids. What is it with teens and trash cans? No one was hurt during the incident, although I found their stupidity painful. The boy was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. A case of “just another day at the office” for this particular Chuck’s, records show there have been service calls from this store at least once every month in the past year. Calls to the Sheriff’s Office mostly include service for fights, assault, battery and other disturbances. In May, 12 calls were made for service, including three in one day for a fight in progress. Ahhh, good times.

Part Two:

A California man was wounded in shooting at Torrance Chuck E. Cheese in what police believe to be a gang-related fight.  The shooting was reported at 7:40 p.m. in order to give witnesses enough time to use their cell phones to video the shooting and upload it to YouTube. Arriving officers found the victim shot “numerous times in the upper torso” and about 200 people milling around, although they all “drove away in multiple directions,” when they suddenly remembered that thing they had planned with that guy at that place. Police find it unclear why the men were in the parking lot. “It is not a place you would associate as dangerous, it is a place for families and kids,” said  Sgt. Jeremiah Hart, who is obviously not a regular reader of WWFC.

Part Three

A 28-year-old Massachusetts man was shot at twice during a fight outside the Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant. The incident happened when a 19-year-old woman accused the victim of stealing her cell phone, a crime punishable by death in some states. Police said the woman had apparently left her cell phone near an electronic game, saw the victim playing the game and accused him of stealing it.  The victim, who was at the restaurant with his family to celebrate his young son’s birthday, denied the theft. Because nobody who would steal a cell phone would ever lie about it.  He left the eatery to smoke a cigarette and was jumped by four suspects. At some point during the scuffle a cell phone dropped from the victim’s pocket, but police believe the cell phone may have then been picked up by a bystander. Uh huh. The 19-year woman with the missing cell phone told police she did not know the assailants. Of course she didn’t. Local resident Michael F. Ferzoco, said he was surprised to here that a shooting had occurred just outside the family restaurant. I know I was shocked.

Does Chuck E. Cheese own this place too?

Federal authorities say they’ve seized all the cheese from a Washington creamery after the company refused to recall items contaminated with listeria. U.S. marshals seized the cheese this month from the Estrella Family Creamery. Tests by the Washington State Department of Agriculture early this year came back positive for listeria and the creamery recalled several cheeses in the spring. However, when follow-up tests in August found the bacteria remained, the creamery refused to recall all of its cheeses. The company says the seizure could put it out of business. And dead bodies wouldn’t? That said, McCarthy and DeLaurenti cheese-buyer Connie Rizzo is not happy to have to ditch the product. The FDA “pulled every single cheese they make,” Rizzo said . “Not the ones that are suspect. They’ve closed their business down — and that’s unfair.” If the dead could speak, I’m not sure they would agree.

Cheese power

Wisconsin’s cars of the very-near future will run on, what else?, cheese. DuBay Biofuels received about $2 million to establish a renewable energy facility in Greenwood. The facility will process whey permeate, a waste product from cheese production, to create ethanol fuel and dry yeast, which is used to feed cattle.  Besides creating new jobs, the company leaders say the process generates clean, renewable energy which will have little effect on the land or environment. I think this is very cool, but I must admit I’m a little worried our future will look like this:

Hope everyone had a fun, safe Halloween!

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