Specialty Cheese

Specialty CheesesTreat your taste buds to a trip around the world with our local and international collection of cheeses and accompaniments. Our knowledgeable Cheese Specialists will be your personal "tour guide" to the many cheeses we offer, providing samples, offering pairing suggestions and helping prepare beautiful cheese trays for entertaining.

Our Selection

Our cheese selection is second to none! Whether you are looking for that hard-to-find artisanal cheese from Europe or in the mood to explore some of Minnesota's own award-winning cheeses, we've got you covered. Signs in our Specialty Cheese Department offer valuable information about a cheese's origin, production, milk type, flavor profile, and the wine or beer ideally suited to its maximum enjoyment.

We strive not only to offer you a wide selection of cheeses, but also to make sure the product we offer is exciting! We believe that your visit to our Specialty Cheese case should be fun. Come by and see what new and exciting things your local cheesemonger has to offer.

Our Knowledgeable Staff

Kowalski's Cheese Specialists are true cheesemongers! Simply put, they eat, breathe and are genuinely passionate about all things cheese. They all work together to share suggestions and educate each other so that they can pass their knowledge on to you!

To get a taste of the knowledge our Imported Cheese specialists have to share, check out our article on How to Build a Cheese Plate, Platter or Board.

Kowalski's Signature Cheeses

Our Signature Products line includes items we have tested ourselves and are proud to put our name on. Our Specialty Cheese Department features three of our favorites:

  • Kowalski's Signature Parmesan wheelKowalski's Signature Parmesan (Caseificio di Cavola 993) –  Commonly called Parmesan, the official name for this cheese is Parmigiano-Reggiano. Ours features a slightly salty, rich, sharp and sweet flavor and a delicate, granular texture. An eight-century-old technique is still used today to create small batches of this incredible cheese. Each wheel is aged 24+ months on the farm (never warehoused) to assure its superior flavor and texture. Parmesan by law is made only in Italy's Modena mountain region, a pastoral setting 3,000 feet above sea level. It is handmade from raw cow's milk on one of the 12 farms that conforms to the strict standards for producing Parmigiano-Reggiano.
     
  • Kowalski's Signature Fresh Mozzarella – This milky, delicate cheese is hand-stretched in-store by our Cheese Specialists. It is fantastic on its own with a pinch of salt or when used as an ingredient in your favorite salad, pasta or pizza.
     
  • Kowalski's Signature Cheese Dips – Our Signature dips are made with top quality ingredients and are simply amazing with a good cracker! These dips also add great consistency and rich quality as a spread to any sandwich.

Local Partners

Alemar Cheese CompanyHolland's Family FarmLa QuerciaLucille's Kitchen GardenMilton Creamery • Northern Lights • Sartori • Shepherd's Way • Velvet Bees Honey Butter • Widmer's Cheese CellarsWisconsin Milk Marketing Board