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August 17, 2013

Area cheese maker wins national honor

A local cheese company has won a white ribbon at the 2013 American Cheese Society Annual Cheese Competition in Madison, Wisc.

The Cooperstown Cheese Company of Milford took third place for their “Jersey Girl” cheese, in the category for American original cheeses made from any milk, a category for one-of-a-kind cheeses.

The American Cheese Society Annual Cheese Competition is sometimes referred to as “The Oscars of Cheese.”

Jersey Girl is a buttery textured raw milk cheese produced from pastured Jersey cow’s milk. The milk comes from Stone House Farm in Sharon Springs.

The Cooperstown Cheese company has been in operation since 2007. Its cheeses are available around the New York metropolitan area, as well as the San Francisco Bay area and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

DEPOT ENTERS WING CONTEST

The Depot Restaurant and Tavern will be pitting its wings and sauce against hundreds of other entries at the eleventh annual National Buffalo Wing Festival.

The festival will take place at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo on Labor Day weekend from Aug. 31 to Sept. 1. The National Buffalo Wing Festival has drawn more than 655,000 people and has served more than 4 million wings in the last 10 years. The festival has also donated over $200,000 to charity.

The festival was inspired by the 2001 movie Osmosis Jones. In the film, junk food addict Frank Detorre, played by Bill Murray, is a junk food addict with the goal of attending the National Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo. After it was pointed out that Buffalo had no such event by Buffalo News columnist Donn Esmonde, the National Buffalo Wing Festival was set up annually for Labor Day Weekend within a year.

Depot Restaurant and Tavern owner Judy Hurlburt is eager to present her Garbage Wings sauce at the festival this year.

“People really enjoy our Garbage Wings sauce ... so much so that we’ve actually started bottling and selling it,” said Hurlburt, in a statement released to the media. “I can’t wait to see what they think of us in Buffalo.”

BERA DUNAU is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at bdunau@thedailystar.com.

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