Michigan's Champion Cheese

The Leelanau Cheesemakers have done it again! The State Fair judges have announced that John and Anne’s Raclette is Michigan’s Grand Champion Cheese for 2006.

Their Raclette – mild, aged, and peppercorn – and flavored fromage blanc is available at Black Star Farms tasting room in Suttons Bay and at select local stores. You can also order the Raclette by phone at 231.271.2600.

If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out on a bit of heaven.

By |August 16th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments

American Cheese Champs

Anne and John have done it again. Their mild and aged Raclette cheeses have each taken 1st place in their respective divisions at the American Cheese Society’s 2006 Competition and Judging held in Portland, OR.

There were 941 cheeses entered in 22 categories (with 91 sub catagories.) Each cheese was judged alone on its merits, and awards were not necessarily given in each category. To win TWO 1sts is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations are in order.

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By |July 25th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments

International Results

The World Cheese Awards – the world’s most prestigious international cheese event – were held at Taste of London and entries were received from the USA, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to every cheese making nation in mainland Europe. 120 experts from around the world judged a total of 1542 cheeses.
Green Peppercorn Raclette was a big winner for Leelanau Cheese Co. taking a silver medal in Class 28b – Other hard pressed or repressed cows’ milk cheese with savoury additives. The mild Raclette was awarded a bronze medal in Class 51 – Semi-hard cheese not in any other class. Because each cheese is judged separately and graded on its own merit, no medals need be awarded, so to be judged medal-worthy at all is an honor.
Congratulations to John and Anne on bringing home the prizes.

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By |June 19th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments


Anne and John Hoyt are celebrating the 11th Anniversary of Leelanau Cheese Co. They first made their delicious Raclette in Omena, Michigan in March of 1995, and opened for business that Summer when the cheese had been properly aged for 3 months.

Eleven years later and still going strong, they make and age their cheese at Black Star Farms. Come on in to our Tasting Room where you can watch them at work in the Creamery, find all their cheese for sale, and taste some wines, too.

By |March 25th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments

The Big Cheese

Leelanau Cheese has taken home both national and international honors. Anne and John entered their Aged Raclette in both the 2005 US Cheese Championship in Wisconsin and the 2005 World Cheese Awards in London, and came away with Gold Medals in both competitions.

Bult that’s not all. They’re also 1st runner-up of all 1008 cheeses entered in 42 catagories in the US competition! The aged Raclette is only available in our Suttons Bay Tasting Room. Come and pick up a taste of the champion.

By |March 19th, 2006|Creamery|0 Comments