Cuisine Scene: Cheese Shops
If you’ve never ventured beyond cheddar, Swiss, or provolone, there is a wonderful wide world of cheese out there for you to discover! Fortunately, that world includes Long Beach where there are several exceptional cheese shops where knowledgeable cheesemongers guide you in selecting a few new-to-you varieties to try with a bottle of wine at home or in creating your own charcuterie board for a party.
WINE CHEESE ETC.
Wine Cheese Etc. (2938 Clark Ave) in the Los Altos neighborhood was opened in 2022 by a husband and wife team with extensive expertise in the food and beverage industry. Along with wine, cheese, and cured meats, the shop stocks cookbooks and other culinary gifts, plus gourmet groceries of all kinds, like chili crisp, truffle honey, and stuffed olives. Wine Cheese Etc. can also create custom cheese and charcuterie boards, gift boxes, picnic baskets, and catering for parties.
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OH LA VACHE
Located on Retro Row, Oh La Vache (2112 E 4th St) offers a sizable selection of cow, sheep, and goat’s milk cheeses along with everything you’d need for a picnic–snacks, drinks, fresh baguettes and gourmet condiments. Join their Cheese of the Month Club to find new favorites, order a cheese and charcuterie board, or check their Instagram feed for a daily grab-and-go sandwich menu. Recent choices have included French ham with cultured butter, Comté, and Dijon on a sesame-onion loaf, and mortadella with cheddar and pimento aioli on olive loaf.
FIOR DI LATTE
O’LaVi is a vegan cheesemonger that pops up around Long Beach offering 100 percent plant-based cheeses and deli items. With selections like the Honee Pistachio Chèvre from Rebel Cheese in Austin, Texas, and spicy soppressata salami from Renegade Foods in Berkeley, California, you can compose an exciting and varied vegan cheese board from O’LaVi’s offerings. Find them at Trademark Brewing on Mondays, at the Bixby Knolls Farmers Market on Thursdays, and the Marina Farmers Market on Sundays. You can also visit their online shop for local delivery or pickup.