Pass the Cheese, Please

Few people have the good fortune to make their passion their career. Tana Fryer is one of those people, although her success has as much to do with hard work and smarts as it does luck and passion.
Fryer is a cheesemonger. A simple definition of cheesemonger is a person who deals with cheese. But in reality, and Fryer is a prime example, a cheesemonger is a person who seeks out the best cheeses and then shares them, sells them and teaches people about them.
Fryer had always been a cheese lover but a few years ago she decided to take that love a step further. She began selling fine cheese at farmer’s markets, special events, at select restaurants and directly to people. Her wares became so popular that in 2014 she and her wife Kelly opened Blu- a Wine and Cheese Stop in Mercado San Agustin, west of Downtown.
The shop was an immediate success. The shop is tiny and beautifully appointed with a glass case displaying gorgeous and tasty cheeses from around the world. The menu includes a few tapas, tempting meat and cheese plates, well-built salads and a whole host of panini. Wine is available by the glass or bottle. There is an emphasis on local and sustainable. Often, there is live music. Classes and special events are also a part of the mix.
One such event will occur on March 8th. Maitre Fromager, Max McCalman, will present a multi-course cheese and wine event at Blu. The event runs from 3pm-5pm.
McCalman is a world renowned cheese master and having him come to town is a big deal. He is the author of the James Beard award-winning, “Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best” and has helped create a professional cheesemonger certification program. His presentation should prove to be a great experience for cheese lovers.
Tickets are $45 and are available on
Seating is limited and tickets are going fast.
Even if you don’t make it to this event other classes are planned throughout the year.
If you are a cheese lover like I am a visit to Blu – a Wine and Cheese Stop

is highly recommended.