Last week's wine tasting hosted by Rob Ramsey of Stonehaus Winery was so well received that we've decided to make it a regular event at the Inn. During the wine tasting I realized what our next topic on "Our Table" should be. The cheese board, a staple around the Lodge before dinner, featured a nice selection of Tennessee sheep's milk cheese and was a big hit! Since I love cheese, we keep a wide variety of it in house but were showcasing some of Tennessee's finest to compliment our Tennessee wine. This cheese was a new discovery for me in 2009, but from the reaction of our guests, it will be around for the long haul.
Locust Grove Farm is responsible for this collection of fine cheese. They make five different kinds, including two "reserve" cheeses that have been aged at least six months. All of their cheese is handmade from raw sheep's milk collected on their own farm. They use old fashioned techniques and only the basic ingredients. This is cheese that tastes the way nature intended it to.
Locust Grove Farm's cheese has circulated its way through our entire menu - from the cheese board to salads to even grits. I recommend taking a look at their website to learn more and order some for your home. Keep an eye out for it here at the Inn this weekend and beyond!