Cathy Strange

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Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise. As the global cheese buyer, she has become an authority at detecting international food trends during her travels around the world while seeking out vendor partners that meet Whole Foods Market’s strict Quality Standards. She is a member of the American Cheese Society and the Cheese of Choice Coalition and the Cheese Importers Association. Strange works with small producers helping them sustain a profitable business. She was recently inducted into the distinguished international Guilde des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon, the most celebrated association of cheese mongers and specialists in France. Strange is one of very few Americans inducted into the prestigious guild of cheese trade professionals, recognized for comprehensive knowledge and attention to the merits of French cheese.

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October 17, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emerging food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
October 3, 2013 @ Whole Story
Flower Power I love the hibiscus flower! It’s edible, delicious and beautiful. Originally from Africa, these bright trumpet-shaped flowers thrive in any sunny, warm climate — there may even be hibiscus blooming in your back yard. Both the flower and the leaves have a tart, raspberry-like flavor and I’m seeing more and more products using hibiscus in interesting and delicious ways. My Best Hibiscus Picks
September 19, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
September 6, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
August 23, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
August 10, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
July 25, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
July 11, 2013 @ Whole Story
Cathy Strange’s role as global cheese and specialty foods buyer for Whole Foods Market® puts her in the unique position of travelling the world to not only discover and encourage the world’s great cheesemakers, but also to help advance the artisanal food movement and investigate the world’s emergent food trends. If a new preparation technique is causing ripples in Berlin, or a centuries-old curing tradition is gaining a foothold in Seattle, Cathy knows about it.
December 20, 2012 @ Whole Story
Sharing good times, wonderful food and the experience of new and tasty treats with family and friends is one o
September 24, 2012 @ Whole Story
Innovation and respect for history reflect the ongoing legacy at Rogue Creamery. Did you know that Rogue Creamery was the first producer of blue cheeses west of the Mississippi?
September 10, 2012 @ Whole Story
Head north out of San Francisco and keep driving through the beautiful country of northern California. Your mind begins to relax as you ease your way through the rolling hills. The countryside begins to change to breathtakingly tall Redwood trees. The climate drops noticeably as mist and moss become a part of every view. The bustling towns and cities are nowhere to be found and the occasional roadside stops for fresh mushrooms or cold beer mark the miles. The drive provides a change of scene as you weave along the Eel River and a change of feeling begins internally.
May 19, 2012 @ Whole Story
For the Kirkham family, even with modernization, tradition and love of the cheese remains the cornerstone of producing one of the tastiest cheeses in the UK.
January 17, 2012 @ Whole Story
Made by the longest operating Cheddar producers in the world, Barber’s 1833 Traditional Farmhouse Cheddar has quite a history. Learn how they use original starter culture.
March 27, 2011 @ Whole Story
Looking for the perfect cheese and wine companions? Our global cheese buyer speaks French – cheese and wines, that is.
March 24, 2011 @ Whole Story
What does Napoleon, a French cow called Montbeliarde and the Mountains of Jura have in common? Comté! Discover the celebrated ancient French cheese with our global cheese expert.
March 7, 2011 @ Whole Story
Discover French cheeses to pair with our Bordeaux wines. Our global cheese expert tells why you should say oui to French cheese.
January 12, 2011 @ Whole Story
Try a taste of cheddar with real culture! Our cheese expert shares the story behind an amazing cheese – 178 years in the making.
December 30, 2010 @ Whole Story
In a pickle for new and tasty ideas for New Year’s celebrations? Check out one of our latest discoveries for zesty and tangy pickled produce!
December 16, 2010 @ Whole Story
Creamy, spicy, smooth – there’s a blue just right for everyone this holiday season. Our cheese guru reveals the mystery of what makes blue cheese blue.
December 4, 2010 @ Whole Story
From easy to artisan, our cheese guru shares her combinations for a stellar cheese plate that will make you the star of the holiday party.

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