kenny’s farmhouse cheese – fieldtrip!

by amy on 22 March 2011

this past saturday, the nashville food bloggers went on our first field trip. first, we met up at 7:30 AM (early, but worth it) + piled into a giant van. then, we made the 90-minute drive up to kenny’s farmhouse cheese in austin, kentucky – a gorgeous drive featuring rolling hills, pretty farmland, + grazing cows.

so, what did we do in our day up on the farm? we started by enjoying a little breakfast, compliments of foxy baking company, then we watched kenny in the cheesemaking process on a batch of cheddar cheese. here he is working on the cheese while it’s still in the curd stage.

i liked his boots.

we saw tons of cheese, from bleu cheese made the day before:

to various cheeses further along in the aging process:


we then toured the rest of the farm, meeting cows, a lot of cows. the fresh milk from the cows is piped directly into the cheese-making facility, literally making for the freshest cheese you can imagine. we also met baby calves born anywhere from a day ago to a few weeks ago. as you can imagine there were a lot of oohs + aahs + aaws during that part of the tour. oh, + our tour guide? meet cheddar, the aptly-named head dog around these parts:

after our gorgeous tour of the farm, we settled in to sample, oh, about a dozen varieties of kenny’s cheese – kentucky rose, bleu gouda, brie, norwood, + kentucky bleu, just to name a few. my goodness, were they delicious. i had to resist the urge to stuff myself full of cheese, knowing that we still had a big lunch ahead (more on that below!)


at this point, my hands were occupied with cheese, so i put my camera down. however, we still had one more big activity – we were treated to a three-course lunch, courtesy of riffs, nashville’s newest food truck. the food? was absolutely amazing. you have to check out these guys – they’ll be opening up their truck come this may!

what did they serve us, you ask?
first course: panzanella salad with cornbread croutons, watercress, bacon vinaigrette + bleu gouda
second course: pork croustade with brie with pear chutney + a salted cod cake with cheddar grits + habanero aioli
third course: savory bread pudding with fire-roasted tomato jam, feating havarti cranberry cheese
delicious-sounding, isn’t it?

all in all, it was a wonderful field trip with my awesome fellow food bloggers. thank you to kenny’s farmhouse cheese, foxy baking company, + riffs food truck for treating us to such a lovely day! if you’re looking to get your hands on some kenny’s cheese, try the turnip truck or the nashville farmer’s market!

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1 Janet Foster March 22, 2011 at 10:55 am

I completely forgot about Foxy Baking Company. Those quiches were excellent. Your pics turned out great.

2 amy March 22, 2011 at 11:50 am

thanks, janet! i need to hop over to your site + the other blogger’s sites to see their recap of the day. i’m so behind on my google reader (no surprise there). it was such a fabulous day + awesome to finally meet you in person. let’s definitely get together soon!

3 tracey March 22, 2011 at 11:51 am

This looks like such an amazing trip,and ohhh my all of that glorious cheese.The food sounds amazing as well.I will have to remember this next time we visit Nashville my kids would LOVE this.really awesome

4 amy March 22, 2011 at 1:24 pm

you would’ve have loved it. sooo much delicious cheese, + the three-course lunch from the up-and-coming food truck is amazing. you’ll have to check it out next time you’re down south (after you meet me for a drink, that is!) =)

5 Lesley March 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I really want that bread pudding! And I love Foxy quiches–makes me think I might make my own (but probably not). :)

6 amy March 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

i was actually surprised at how much i loved the foxy quiches. most quiches i find to be too eggy, but these (they brought three different kinds) were light, fresh-tasting, + not eggy at all. the bread pudding was insanely amazing + the tomato jam that topped it was one of the tastiest things i’ve eaten in a while. major food score for me that day!

7 Lannae March 27, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I have been reading your blog and the others who went to see Kenny’s Cheese! I love it!! Love the photos, love Cheddar the dog, love the cheese! Now, I have a round of Kenny’s blue in my fridge… what to make with it?

8 amy March 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

isn’t it fun to see everyone’s recaps of the kenny’s farmhouse fieldtrip? it was such an awesome day – i wish you could’ve joined! luckily, you can still get your hands on the cheese. i think the bleus are great just with a fresh baguette + some fresh italian meats – i’m sure you’ll find something amazing to do with it. by the way, if you’re going to the nashville food bloggers happy hour tonight, i’ll see you there!

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