Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ohio Cheese is a USA Champion

Holmes County, Ohio and the surrounding area is home of many cheese makers.  One Ohio cheese maker, located in the Doughty Valley Amish community took the United States Grand Champion award in 2011.  In addition they took the Grand Champion award at the 2011 State Fair.  That cheese maker is Guggisberg Cheese.
The original owner, Alfred Guggisberg, studied cheese making in Switzerland starting at age 16.  He moved to the USA in 1947 and became known in the area as an exceptional cheese maker.  He took over an operation known as Doughty Valley Cheese and it became Guggisberg Cheese in 1950.  Their retail store is located on State Route 557 just a couple of miles south of State Route 39/US 62.  Herb & Carol Steffey at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast send their B&B guests there, especially for Swiss and Baby Swiss cheese.
Guggisberg has been awarded the title of Ohio Grand Champion Cheese Maker several times since 2002.  They have also won awards at the Grand Dairy Expo in 2007 and 2008.  Their next competition will be at the Sugarcreek Swiss Festival on September 30 - October 1, 2011.
Just across the street they have a restaurant, Chalet in the Valley, that is famous for their Swiss specialties such as Cheese Fondue, Schnitzel, Spatzle, and more!  Many of the recipes incorporate Guggisberg Cheese.  This is one of the favorite restaurants of the owners at Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast.  The next time you are in the Doughty Valley, near Charm, Ohio, stop in and check out this exceptional cheese.
Written by Carol Steffey, Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast, Millersburg, Ohio (330) 674-7608 www.garden-gate.com

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