Raymond's Summer 2015 Trendwatch

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Raymond Hook Specialty's

August Newsletter

Go Ahead. Get Hooked on Cheese.


Raymond's creative summer pairings for cheese.

Whether you're entertaining guests or seeking a gourmet snack, look to Raymond's latest summer pairings on The Daily Meal for inspiration:

Hooked on Cheese: Picnic, Patio, Poolside: Summer Beer & Cheese Pairings, Part II


...and if you missed Part I of the story last month, be sure to check it out for more fun suggestions:

Hooked on Cheese: Picnic, Patio, Poolside: Summer Beer & Cheese Pairings Part I


Happy reading...and tasting.

Book of the Month:
Chez Panisse Fruit by Alice Waters

This oldie-but-goodie celebrates one of our favorite things about summertime: fresh, ripe fruit. And luckily for us readers, this book isn't summer-specific; Alice Waters showcases fruit's versatility with her simple, flavorful recipes (both sweet and savory) that can be prepared with seasonally chosen options all year long.
WSJ FFS Article

Raymond's Top 5
Summer Fancy Food Show Finds

The 2015 Summer Fancy Food Show was held June 28 - 30 at the Javits Center in NYC, and Raymond spent these three days assessing thousands of specialty food items on display. Read the full article on this year's Top 5 Finds and look for these stellar new products on shelves later this year.

Most Artistic:

Hernán Día de los Muertos Chocolate Skulls

Most Delicious:

Losada Olives

Most Party-Ready:

Boska’s Mr. Big Party Fondue Set

Most Health-Conscious:

Pop’Box by Magic Pop’s Microwave Popcorn

Most Trendworthy:

Deli Manjoo Fish Shaped Custard

American Cheese Society Judging and

Competition 2015

SGD Wins at 2015 ACS Judging
The ACS Judging and Competition, often referred to as the "Oscars of cheese," is the largest annual cheese competition in the US. This year the awards ceremony was held on July 31st in Providence, RI and I'm proud to say that my family's dairy, Sweet Grass Dairy in Thomasville, GA, took home two (!) first-place wins for their Green Hill camembert-style cheese and their perfectly spicy Pimiento Cheese Spread. Congrats to Jessica & Jeremy Little and everyone at Sweet Grass for bagging those "Oscars!"
                               – Raymond
Thanks for reading RHS's August newsletter 
and stay tuned as we gear up for fall.
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