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Rodolphe Le Meunier, a French butter rock star, visits L.A.

The guy in the white jacket at the center of the throng of chefs and food writers was Rodolphe Le Meunier, whose name is on every gold-foiled package. And in cheese circles, he’s a rock star.

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Artisanal, hand-crafted chocolate is a growing niche

“Roasted back home at Berk’s shop, the beans have a habit of enveloping downtown Redlands with a warm smell like brownies fresh from the oven. It’s only then that the chocolate maker with the Indiana Jones streak can mix and shape the ancient treat into bars, carefully wrapping each one by hand.”

Find Parliament bars at Cheese Cave or Parliament Chocolate

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Object of Desire: Beurre de Baratte

“…But your breakfast could be even better. DTLA Cheese, on the south wall of the market, is well-stocked with the Beurre de Baratte ($12 for 250 grams) for from the young cheese master Rodolphe Le Meunier, who is kind of the Jimmy Page of affineurs, a genuine Meilleur Ouvrier de France. (Beurre de Baratte is butter made the old-fashioned way; churned rather than extracted with a centrifuge.)”

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Available at DTLA Cheese & Cheese Cave ($12/each)

William Shatner’s Brown Bag Wine Tasting with Marnie Clarke

What goes best with wine? Cheese, of course! In this week’s episode of Brown Bag Wine Tasting, host William Shatner sits down with Marine Clarke, who runs two cheese shops in Southern California. Marnie schools William in the ways of cheese-making and shows him the best way to enjoy cheese with mystery wine!

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FDA restrictions keeping some great cheeses out of stores

Los Angeles cheese counters could soon be a lot less aromatic, with several popular cheeses falling victim to a more zealous U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Roquefort — France’s top-selling blue — is in the agency’s cross hairs along with raw-milk versions of Morbier, St. Nectaire and Tomme de Savoie.

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