There is a lot of great news to share from the Near West Side. First, we now have Cougar Gold cheese from the Washington State University creamery. The origins of this cheese dates to the 1930's when the creamery developed a unique method for storing and aging cheese in cans. Ultimately, this led to the development of Cougar Gold, an aged white cheddar that is aged, stored and shipped in cans. Cougar Gold has won multiple awards over the years. This slightly crumbly, sweet and fruity white cheddar will be available in pieces in the Near West cheese case. Whole cans (30 oz) of Cougar Gold can be purchased by request. Cougar Gold can be aged indefinitely while it remains in the sealed can. Supplies of this product will be seasonal and may be unavailable in the summer months.
The store’s seafood department is now happy to have Laughing Bird sustainable shrimp from Belize. This aquaculture product is raised in a sustainable manner, fed on algae raised on site plus a very small percentage of fish meal. This is a closed system that protects the environment and uses water that is filtered and recycled. Waste products are used for fertilizer in neighboring farms. These shrimp are small to medium size and are perfect for sautees, soups, gumbos, or even cocktail shrimp. Come in and give them a try!