While everyone else is busily drawing up Christmas gift wish lists, mine remains the same each year: cheese, please. My own festive Xmas feasts always concluded with an elaborate cheese platter – the riper, the better – and this little culinary heart skipped a beat or two when Culture Club Cheese opened up on Bree Street. We give thanks for blessed little cheeses!
Known and revered for their excellent selection of artisan cheeses, both local and imported, this tiny little shop is Cheese HQ for all fromage-lovin’ Capetonians. And oh, joy of joys, they do the most brilliant Xmas gift hampers too. So save yourself the schlep to the shops, honey, beat the Christmas rush etc etc, and order straight from the motherlode for delivery to your door. I take great joy in sharing with you the email I received from CCC yesterday:
‘With the festive season just around the corner, it is time to start planning your perfect gifts. Husband and wife team, Luke and Jessica Williams, of Bree Street’s Culture Club Cheese, has put together a delightful selection of luxury cheese and wine hampers, conveniently delivered to your address of choice.
Now in its third year, Culture Club Cheese is Cape Town’s first boutique artisan cheese hub, fermented foods hotspot and restaurant, boasting 80% local and 20% imported cheeses.
Says Luke Williams: ‘We’re ethical producer-led, and all the items in our shop tell a story that we’ve chosen for a specific reason. We see ourselves as a platform for market vendors to offer their seasonal and artisanal products, and to help them grow. Animal welfare and husbandry is our priority, and our focus is on honest food, with no additives, preservatives, antibiotics or hormones added.”
Jessica Williams adds: “After making and mongering cheese for ten years in England and South Africa, Luke decided it was time to open shop. Obviously our focus is on cheese – we know all our farmers closely. We travelled South Africa for over a year to meet the makers and to ensure that all cheese is made from grass-fed animals, with no hormones, antibiotics and additives used, and to help farmers perfect their cheese-making processes.”
As the only affineurs (carers of cheese) in the country, the duo constantly experiment to find the perfect combinations and balance. “We wash our cheeses in different solutions to give them different flavour profiles and characteristics. We make bespoke cheese and have used different alcohols to create drunken pecorinos etc. Most importantly, we look after our cheeses and mature them for longer than anyone in the country.”
With their world-class selection of both local and imported cheeses, they offer a selection of festive season hampers delivered in the CBD, Atlantic Seaboard and Constantia areas. Jessica adds: “A luxury cheese hamper is the perfect gift for anyone.”
LUXURY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HAMPER R2,300
For a truly special occasion: Luke and Jessica have spent all year curating the perfect selection of South Africa’s finest, hand made artisanal food products. These include:
CHEESE AND MCC
- 4 types of cheese eating at their absolute best, including Stilton.
- A bottle of Le Lude Method Cap Classique MCC
- 2 types of our in house crackers,
- a small production Italian salami made in George
- Jar of pomegranate & pear preserve
- A box of locally made chocolate
- A jar of organic honey
- A jar of marinated olives
- An engraved cheese board
- A beautiful cheese knife
- A jar of shitake mushroom pesto
- Locally foraged porcini mushroom salt, Christmas pannetone,
ADD A VACHERIN – R500 extra
SERIOUS CHEESE LOVER’S CHEESE OF THE MONTH SELECTION R650
This box will suffice as a gift for any cheese aficionado, enough for 8-10 people
Each month we choose four of the cheeses which we think are tasting best. We particularly like to feature cheeses which are in season, as well as batches of cheese which are tasting especially delicious in a particular month.
Frequently we have limited quantities of new or experimental cheeses which we introduce to our customers through this selection. If you know your recipient likes a certain type of cheese – e.g. stinkers or blues or doesn’t like goat’s cheese for example, please let us know and we can tailor it to their taste buds.
- Homemade crackers
- Add Banting seed crackers
- Add preserves
WINE AND CHEESE SELECTION R750
Bottle of Waterkloof Cinsault
Apple and fennel preserve
MCC AND CHEESE HAMPER R795
The bubbles of a bottle of Le Lude MCC cut perfectly through the fat of the following intensely flavoured cheeses to create a combination second to none.
- Delice de Bourgogne triple cream cheese
- Gonedsa 6 month
- Mature Comes with crackers.
PICNIC HAMPER R575
Embrace the warm weather that Summer has to offer with a hike up Lion’s Head or a trip to the vineyards with our picnic hamper for 2.
500ml bottle of Life from Stone or Whole Berry wines from Springfield
Add salami – R100
CRAFT BEER AND CHEESE PAIRING BOX R500
South Africa produces over a hundred wonderful handmade artisanal cheeses and even more types of craft beer. This box combines 3 of the finer examples of each to showcase great South African produce.
Add a seasonal selection of foraged wild mushrooms for the ultimate pairing of wild flavours.
Wild Clover Blind Mole
& Cheeses to pair with them.
TRUFFLE BRIE DE MEAUX
The ABSOLUTE height of luxury! Why not combine the rarest, most delicious foods? We make our truffle stuffed Brie de Meaux (Brie aux truffe) using Buffalo milk fromage blanc and black Italian truffles. It’s beyond brie-lief.
WEEKEND AWAY R635
Heading off for a mini-break? Fancy putting your feet up and indulging in a delicious cheeseboard?
Bottle of Waterkloof estate’s Cinsault
Add Salami R100
PREGNANCY BOX R550
We often got asked for advice on which cheeses to serve to expectant mums. Being pregnant can be tough enough without having to do without good cheese too! All of the cheeses in this selection are safe to consume during pregnancy. They offer a variety of flavour profiles, so there’s no compromise on taste.
NEW MOTHER BOX R600
Created with new mums in mind, this selection is made up of some of the most delicious cheeses they have been deprived of during pregnancy. Blue-veined, washed rind, soft and oozy, mould-ripened cheeses are just what you need to keep your energy up when looking after a new baby!
GOAT’S CHEESE BOX R600
For those preferring goat’s and (when available) sheep’s cheeses, this is a fantastic selection of 3 cheeses, honey and crackers
RACLETTE BOX R595
To make the perfect evening of oozy Alpine cheese for 4
Austrian and French raclette
Concludes Luke: “With such a vast selection, there’s no need to get stressed at crowded malls. All you need to do is make your selection, give us a buzz and place your order. Leave the rest to us – we promise the recipient of the hamper will be blown away by your gift this festive season!”
Culture Club Cheese products are available in store at 215 Bree Street, Cape Town.
For more information visit the website: https://www.cultureclubcheese.co.za.
Like their page on Facebook: @CultureClubCheese