For Immediate Release

Saveur magazine names feast!
one of its top 20 favorite cheese shops nationwide

Charlottesville, Virginia – April 1, 2005 Feast is pleased to announce its inclusion in Saveur Magazine’s top 20 cheese shops in America.  The listing appears in the April 2005 issue, a special issue dedicated to American artisanal cheese.  “Where We Go to Buy American Cheese” (74-75) lists America’s top 20 cheese shops and offers other helpful information about buying, storing and enjoying cheese.  Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, just two hours southwest of Washington, D.C., Feast is the only recognized cheese shop between New York and Atlanta.

“To be in a top 20 list that also includes Zingerman’s and Fairway Market is a real honor for Feast,” remarks co-owner, Kate Collier.  She adds, “We are proud to be included alongside the very shops that are my longtime favorites, the places that inspired Feast.  Three years ago we set out to offer cheeses of high quality with stories behind them and to open a shop where knowledgeable staff are ready to educate, offer samples and share their enthusiasm.  It’s a thrill to be recognized in “Saveur” for these reasons.”

Eric Gertner, co-owner, adds, “We ‘re a group of young people in our 20s and 30s with a real passion for food.  We’re constantly learning and working to create an atmosphere that encourages our customers to linger, taste and ask questions.  This has enabled Feast to become a real community with a neighborly spirit where people of all ages and backgrounds feel at home and come together in the interest of good food and company.”

Feast’s cheese selection includes cheeses mentioned in “Our 50 Favorite American Cheeses” (68-73) such as Everona Piedmont, made in Rapidan, VA, Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog goat cheese (CA), Old Chatham Camembert (NY), and cheddars from Grafton Village Cheese Company (VT).  Feast also offers rare and hard-to-find artisanal cheeses from Spain, Italy and France.  Cheeses are cut to order and tasting is encouraged.  Of course, Feast is more than just a cheese shop.  Stocking fine cured meats, local meats, food friendly wines, made in Virginia specialty foods, fresh seasonal produce and boasting an in house café, Feast has become Charlottesville’s haven for the food lover.

Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  Located just two blocks from Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall on historical Main Street, Feast is located in the back of the Main Street Market, a collection of nine locally owned food stores.  Parking is available on either side of the market building.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 10-7, Saturday, 9-6 and Sunday, 11-5.  Feast also offers catering, and gift sets,