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A Celebration of Hook’s Cheese at Lou on Vine

Lou is pleased to announce a special cheesemaker supper with Tony and Julie Hook of Hook’s Cheese Company. Lou will host the Hooks and offer a six-course celebration of their cheese, each course accompanied by appropriate wine pairings:

When: Monday, February 11, 2008 beginning at 7:00pm
Where: Lou, 724 North Vine, Hollywood 90038
Cost: $80 per person
Reservations: Limited seating is available; reservations may be made by email to reservations [at] louonvine [dot] com or by phone to 323.962.6369.

Tony and Julie Hook are proprietors of Hook’s Cheese Company, located in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Their cheese plant operates out of a repurposed blacksmith’s shop constructed in the 1850s; the historic building is built into the side of a hill, the perfect environment to age their cheese. Hook’s Cheese Company is a true family-owned and run business and on most Saturdays you will find Tony and Julie hand-selling their cheeses at the Dane County farmers’ market.

Julie Hook won the coveted “Finest Cheese in the World” award at the World Cheese Championship in 1982, the first woman to win this award.

Hook’s 10 Year Cheddar is unarguably one of the finest, super-aged cheddars in the country, if not the world. The Hooks are modern-day alchemists, masters of the process that yields cheddar that becomes nutty and complex with age, saturated with the same sort of tiny crystals of crunchy protein that are found in a good Parmesan Reggiano. All of the milk that the Hooks use in their cheese is sourced from providers that raise their cows sustainably, and without the use of bovine growth hormones.

In addition to their beloved super-aged cheddars, the Hooks also produce three stylistically different blue cheeses: Hook’s Original, a double-cream named Blue Paradise, and a natural-rind, English farmhouse-style cheese named Tilston Point. Recently, they’ve begun to produce yet another new cheese, Sweet Constantine, which pays homage to both Parmesan and Asiago.