City Palete Article Fresk-o Cheeses

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Fresk-o Cheeses | LEDUC (ESTABLISHED 2010) 403-667-7951,

CHEESE MAKER: Raphael Chavez

AVAILABLES AT: Sunterra Market, Janice Beaton Fine Cheese, Uni Market, Planet Organic, Eclair de Lune, El Mercadito Latino, The Americas Bakery, Co-op, Sobey’s.

Raphael Chavez was a farmer who made cheese from his dairy cow’s milk in his native Venezuela. He moved to Alberta a few ago and took his dream of making Latin American cheeses to Alberta’s Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc.

He was accepted into the Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator program. Chavez lives and works in Calgary, but five times a month travels to Leduc to process his cheeses. The cheeses are popular because of their high melting point and abilty to be fried or grilled in many Latin American dishes.

Check the website for some tasty traditional Venezuelan recipes for the cheeses. Chavez is proud that, in just few years of living in Alberta, his cheeses are now available in more than 100 stores across the province.