Meet Nancy Brown, Proprietor, Say Cheese Fromagerie

Cheese is a guilty pleasure we can’t get enough of and it just so happens to be the theme of this issue. Nancy Brown has been operating Say Cheese Fromagerie in the Crossroads Market since 1996 boasting over 300 imported and domestic cheese plus local organic dairy products, oils, olives, crackers, pasts, gifts and more.

Get to know Nancy Brown.

Editors Note: 2022 – Isaac Bignell is the new owner of Say Cheese Fromagerie

Photo Credit: Mitch Kern

What’s your favourite meal to cook for company?

Brunch. Yes, it is a meal!

What ingredient couldn’t you live without?

Butter and apples.

What tool or appliance gets used most in your kitchen?

A really good fry pan.

What is your guilty food pleasure?

French butter and any bread on the planet.

What do you love most about your kitchen?

The same thing I hate about it. It’s very small, but it forces me to be somewhat organized.

What would you change about it?

I’d love to have a gas range.

Which product do you bring home from the store most often?

The latest greatest cheese.

What’s your favourite 10-minute meal to make?

Grilled cheese with two or three cheeses and grated apple in my fry pan avec French butter.

What’s your favourite restaurant in the city?

We have so many wonderful restaurants in Calgary but I really love the pizza at the Italian Supermarket at Edmonton Tr. and 20th Ave. N.E.

What’s something you wish everybody knew about cheese?

Like wine and bread, cheese is universal and has been enjoyed since before Roman times. It’s a complex product of its milk source and geography. I’ll stop there! For the complete answer come for brunch!

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