The Battle between Sbrinz and Parmigiano

April 22, 2019

Palo Alto, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Boston – those were the four battlefields where the (Alp-)Sbrinz AOP and Parmigiano Reggiano squared up. Francis Percival, Author of “Reinventing the Wheel”, revealed to the crowd the score behind Parmigiano whereas Caroline, of course, informed about the Sbrinz, one of the staples of Swiss cheese making.
Although they had the same title all four events differed slightly from each other – but they had one thing in common: All events sold out! Here are the details…

Sigona’s, Palo Alto, April 6, 2019

Set up as a “boxing match” a crowd of over 70 people watched the “punches”. It was streamlined commercial manufacturing vs. centuries old craftsmanship. The biggest difference is in the treatment of the animals. Whereas the Sbrinz cows graze outside and in altitude during the summerly transhumance the Parmigiano cows are never allowed outside to munch on fresh grass. In the end the crowd judged a win by points for Sbrinz.

John Nava introducing the battle.

Francis Percival and Caroline Hostettler in pre-battle ceremonies.

Full House at the Sigona’s event at the “Auto Vino”.

Caroline explains Alpsbrinz

“Reinventing the Wheel” – a must read.


The Cheeseboard, Berkeley, April 7, 2019

So huge was the interest in Berkeley that the Cheeseboard offered to consecutive sessions. And it were very sophisticated crowds that attended on this Sunday afternoon.

The events turned into a question and answer battle, especially the Sbrinz was unknown territory for many.

The Sbrinz got a lot of new friends in Berkeley.

Bar Agricole, San Francisco, April 8, 2019

Limited to 20 people an elite attendance filled the famous restaurant Bar Agricole on Monday night. The guests first got to taste the two cheeses, then Sbrinz and Parmigiano were incorporated into a fantastic dinner that everybody thoroughly enjoyed.

Part of the Agricole menu.

Agricole-Owner Tad Vogler (left) and his guests.

The Cheesecellar, Boston, April 10, 2019

After flying across the country Caroline and Francis ended their tour with a very special event. Adam Shutes, owner of The Boston Cheesecellar and one of the Adopt-an-Alp contest winners, invited to his formidable house in Roslindale where an elaborate crowd spent a pleasant evening. The cozy atmosphere led to a more intimate event, with a lot of questions and individual conversations.

In Adam Shutes living room