There is nothing better than cheese. Furthermore, there is nothing better than eating cheese with wine, fruits, and nuts. Going even further is getting to do all of these things in my favorite spot in New Orleans, St. James Cheese Company
It is a little slice of heaven. The place is stocked with what feels like your own personal cheese mongers. Have a recipe that needs cheese, ask em'. Have a question on how to create a cheese plate, ask em'. Want to know the best blue cheese, just ask. It's wonderful. They even let you try some things if you are unsure before you purchase. You can choose from a variety (what feels like hundreds) of cheeses to take home. They even have a whole refrigerator case dedicated just to blue cheese. You can also find a vast array of goodies to go with your cheese. Anything from jam, jellies, crackers, cheese boards, books on cheese, some cured meats, and so much more. It's simply just wonderful.
But wait there's more!
You can also eat at this place too. Yep, right there in view of the cheese counters. They have a daily selection of artisanal salads, artisanal sandwiches, the occasional mac-n-cheese, and even meat and cheese plates. You can't go wrong with anything here. I crave it constantly. They also offer a good selection of wines to go with your meal, either by the glass or by the bottle. The interior is a real cute teal color, with modern chairs and tables and modern cheese artwork all over the walls. It's got a really light and airy feeling. You can even eat outside under the somewhat covered patio as you enter the place. Or you can eat outside overlooking Prytania Street. This is what Josh and I do on a Friday night when the weather is nice. If you get there around six, the place isn't very crowded and you can just unwind from the week while enjoying some really great cheese and wine.
Are you hooked yet? Just wait, I'm still going!
They also have events all the time. Basically like fun socializing cheese classes, usually with wine. Anywhere from $30-50 a person. Each class is different! They do classes on Irish cheese, or New World wind and cheese, Monastery Madness and SO many others. Their website offer a lot of information on their classes (under events). They make for a great date night if you are looking to change things up a bit.
I know, I'm hooked to. It's why it's one of my favorite places in New Orleans. I wish I was there now. Definitely try it out if you ever get the chance!