Zupan’s: Tell us about your experience at Zupan’s and what makes you a cheese expert.
Prince: I started at Zupan’s 8 years ago, working my way up from the service deli. They saw the potential I had in sales. Zupan’s runs the show in Portland with our quality of products, which really sets us apart. We have cheese and wine stewards in our stores 7 days a week and I love being able to give customers a little piece of heaven.
Zupan’s: What is one of your personal cheese favorites?
Prince: My top pick is the River’s Edge Sunset Bay goat cheese! It has a stripe that goes through the middle, made with smoked Spanish paprika and is a local cheese from Logsden, Oregon. It’s a cool exclusive because it’s not mass produced – the farm only has 60 goats from which the cheeses are produced. The flavors are aged, tangy, and fresh-tasting. How would I serve it? Well, I’m a purist when it comes to cheese – I’d eat it just by itself so it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the cheese. It’d also be good with a mild cracker or crusty bread.
Zupan’s: What else do you want to share with our customers and blog readers?
Prince: We like to accomodate our customers, so if they take the time to give us feedback on a cheese that they didn’t like, we’ll work with them to find a different cheese that they like better. We want to give customers what they want!
If all this talk about cheese has you thinking about trying something new, stop in to any of our stores and ask a cheese steward for their recommendations. Then on your way out, swing by our wine department and ask what pairs best with the cheese you chose. We’re happy to spread our love of cheese & wine with you.