Doralice Handal's Life as a Cheesemonger
Have you ever found yourself at a cheese shop, wondering about life at the other end of the counter? Elizabeth Cosin at the Healdsburg Press Democrat gives you a glimpse into the cheesemongering life with a profile of local seller Doralice Handal.
“She is one of the best things we have in Healdsburg,” says Chef Mateo Granados owner of Mateo’s Cocina Latina, who adds he often taps Handal’s cheese wisdom. “I will tell her what kind of salad I’m thinking about and she recommends cheese for me. She knows everything about a cheese. No, she knows everything about everything — and she loves what she does.”
For the last seven years, since Handal bought the store from its original owner, she has been a favorite of locals, area chefs and wineries, and through her online store, has even shipped cheese to places as far away as Japan and Barbados. Her focus, she says, has been on local producers and her love: telling their stories.