Steven Ralph Jerman
Utah Cheese Awards
1145 S 1300 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 25, 2018 – The Utah Cheese Awards completed its second annual contest Saturday, awarding 34 medals in 13 cheese plate food categories, as well as a Best of Show in each division. The award winners will be announced, and medals presented October 20 in South Salt Lake.
Forty cheese entries and ten non-cheese entries from a total of 11 companies and individuals were entered. Judging took place at a private event at the Cyty Byrd cafe in Salt Lake’s Historic City County Building. Andy Pierucci, director of marketing for the Utah State Department of Agriculture’s, Utah’s Own program greeted the judges as they entered. Cyty Byrd chef, Neale Hlsel, prepared the samples.
The Utah Cheese Awards were started in 2017 by Salt Lake City-born Steven R. Jerman a commercial artist and entrepreneur who spent four months as a farmstead apprentice at a Cache Valley creamery. There he saw a need for local cheesemakers to help promote their products. His inaugural show quickly got the attention of those in Salt Lake’s growing fine food community.
The 2018 judges, all Salt Lake residents, were, Ted Scheffler a national food and travel writer; Tosha Rustad, Director of Café Operations at Logan’s Caffe Ibis, who helped judge last years show; Alex Springer, the food writer for Salt Lake Alternative newspaper, The City Weekly; and Amanda McGraw a chef at Copper Onion, the number one rated Salt Lake restaurant on Yelp.com.
The winners will be announced October 20, at Shades of Pale Brewing, 154 Utopia Avenue where they may pick up their medals. This tasting reception runs from 4:00 to 8:00 with announcements at 7:30. This 21 and over event is free, but attendees may purchase a cheese plate of Utah-made foods, including some of the winning entries for $16.00 or a double portion for $30.00.
VIP Tickets are available on the show’s website, UtahCheese.info. The complete listing of awards will be posted on the same site by November 1, 2018.
The show was principally sponsored by Dairy West, formerly the Utah Dairy Council, with help from Butcher’s Bunches, Taylorcraft Engraved and the CytyByrd cafe.