Artisan Cheese Gallery: Studio City

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Founded by a former lawyer and her parents, the Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City is a cheerful and charming destination for anyone with a more than a passing interest in cheese.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff is more than happy to tell you about the 200 different cheeses they regularly stock, which represent 14 countries and 12 different states. Many of them come directly from the cheesemakers themselves. In addition to cheese, crackers and other fromage related accoutrement, the store offers such gourmet delights as flavored mustards, specialty peanut butters, jams, salsas and pickles, olives, oil, and vinegar.

They also have a nice little selection of Italian goods such as pasta, farro, and fregula or if you are craving something sweet, they also have chocolate, truffles, cookies, and biscotti. For prepared foods, check out the enticing selection of salads, sandwiches and panini, all of which are adorned with interesting extras like red onion jam, fig white wine spread, and roasted Fuji apples, all served on bread from Breadbar. In the summer they can put together boxes to take to the Hollywood Bowl. Once or twice a month the store holds cheese tastings. The cost is $35 and includes six cheeses, which are paired with wine or beer.