Monday, August 8, 2022

A Cheese Shop and a Culinary Tour

Village Cheese Shop goes way beyond cheese goodness

I love finding the small shops that sell both meals and all kinds of have-you-tried-this-yet culinary finds. So, I finally cleared my schedule to try the Village Gourmet Cheese Shoppe in West Palm Beach’s CityPlace. It’s right next to Panera, and I saw folks in line at the cheese shop with drinks from Panera, or bags from Publix, so it had the flavor of a local food market.

With the store’s signature cheese and charcuterie plates (big enough for 2-3 people, $24.95), plus paninis (I tried the Firenze: Black Forest ham, gruyere Swiss on grills bread with spinach and tomato, $8.95), sandwiches (I tried the Austria: Black Forest ham & Swiss on rye with lettuce, tomato and champagne mustard, $8.95), wraps, salads and sides, I could see why this was a popular lunch site. The panini and sandwich were very good, service was great, and I was surrounded by all kinds of imported mixes, sweets, pistachios, muesli, balsamic vinegars and more. Also available are gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, breakfast specials, smoothies, coffee and espresso bar, omelets and a bakery.

Culinary tours hit Lake Worth, Lantana, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach

Another month of Taste History Culinary Tours is on the way, with cuisine, art, history and culture about local historic districts, the yet-to-be arts districts and other places you may not have discovered yet. Yes, you get to eat on the tours. The cost is $60 per person, free for children under 14, and reservations are required. The tours board outside Macy’s (801 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/243-2662). July dates, all on Saturdays, are: July 9 – Lake Worth/Lantana; July 16 – Delray Beach/Boynton; July 23 – Delray Beach/Boynton Beach.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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