2006_04_food_saxelby.jpgWhen we hear the phrase "American cheese," images of cellophane-wrapped neon orange slices leap to mind. Scary stuff. Anne Saxelby seeks to change that with her new shop, Saxelby Cheesemongers, which opens in the Essex Market in the beginning of May. Saxelby's shop will focus entirely on American cheeses -- cheese from dairies all across the U.S. Saxelby worked at the legendary Murray's Cheese as a cheese maven, and then worked at several farmstead dairies in the U.S. and abroad. Some of the cheeses she discovered in her travels across the country will be featured in the shop, including Chenango Historic Cheese from Norwich, New York and chevre from Beltane Farm of Lebanon, Connecticut. In addition to having a retail cheese counter, her booth in the Essex Market will have its own cheese “cave." Now that's the kind of American cheese we like.

Friday, May 5th at the Essex Market, 120 Essex Street, corner of Delancey and Essex. The Essex Market is open from 8am-6pm, Monday through Saturday.