We were staying in the Lake Chelan area and decided to buy some cheese. I had read about Fromaggio on TA, so 5 of us stopped in after the farmer’s market, which was very fun. We were immediately greeted and asked if we wanted to do a cheese tasting or gelato tasting (I think it was gelato). We said that we were just there to buy some cheese, but we would taste some of the cheeses before we bought any.
They have a printed Cheese Tasting Menu listing the cheeses available along with the type of cheese (cow, goat, or sheep) plus the country of origin. A previous review was correct that all of the cheeses are imported and not made at the store.
We certainly enjoyed ourselves and enjoyed most of the cheeses we tasted. Some were a bit odd, but there was certainly a cheese for everyone. There were 11 of us staying at our villa, so we ended up buying quite a bit of six different cheeses.
Our helper was new, so it took forever to cut the cheeses that we wanted and then to ring them up. As is the case so often, there was a “fight” to see who would pay. My sister-in-law won. As we left the store, I realized that no prices were posted anywhere. Not on the printed menu or posted anywhere in the store. This should have been a warning.
After returning to our villa, I asked my SIL for the receipt. We played a guessing game to see which cheese was the most expensive. When I calculated the price per pound, we were shocked! Here are the prices we paid. By the way, the most expensive ones came from California. We thought that the cheeses from Sweden or Holland would have been the most expensive.
Truffle Tremor $46.29/lb - California
Humbolt Fog $42.36/lb – California
Cave Aged Gruyere $37.64/lb – Sweden
Manchego $31.15/lb – Spain
Coconut $27/lb – Holland
Double Cream Gouda $26/lb
If we hadn’t been buying cheese for 11 people, perhaps we wouldn’t have noticed the prices. The experience was fun, but I think it’s a little dishonest not to post prices especially when they are so expensive. Yes, I know that we should’ve asked. I won’t make that mistake again.
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