- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2017

Northern California cheesemaker Laura Chenel’s was awarded two first-place awards and two second-place honors at the American Cheese Society’s 34th annual competition on July 28 in Denver. The brand’s Original Medallion placed first in the category of Fresh, Rindless Goat’s milk cheese (aged 30 days or less). The 3.5-ounce chevre was unveiled earlier this year along with four other varieties in the brand’s Medallion Collection.

Laura Chenel’s 5-ounce Goat Brie also took home the prize in the category American made, International style, Made from goat’s milk. The brand’s 6.2-ounce Cabecou Marinated in Herbs and Spicy Cabecou was awarded second place.

“We are both honored and humbled that our fresh and aged chevre cheeses continue to meet the judges’ expectations for superior products,” Philippe Chevrollier, general manager at Laura Chenel’s Marin French Cheese and Saint Benoit Creamery, said in a statement. “The efforts of the entire Laura Chenel’s team, together with our collaboration with independent goat farmers in the western region of the U.S., have allowed us to become the standard for American chèvre.”

The Medallion Collection offers five flavors: Poppy Seed & Peppercorn, Fig & Grapefruit, Sun-dried Tomato & Basil, Chives & Shallots and Original Chevre. As with all of Laura Chenel’s award-winning cheeses, the full line of 3.5-ounce Medallion Collection is made using fresh goat milk from nearby farms.

Laura Chenel’s will be on hand Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. with samples of its award-winning products at the event “FOOD in the Garden - Fermentation Nation” at the National Museum of American History. Tickets are available by going to Tickets.com.

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