Our founder, Steve Duty, is passionate foodie and a 35-year veteran of the food and beverage industry.
He is a trained chef with a degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. He is also an award-winning winemaker, and for a time owned and operated a sheep farm/dairy with the goal of making cheese.
He’s done extensive training in cheesemaking and has close ties to a number of small-scale artisan cheesemakers across the U.S. We take all that food experience and hand-curate a collection of artisan and hard-to-find products for our store.
What sets us apart from other cheese shops is that we’ve lived the artisan food producer’s life and know first-hand what it takes to make farmstead cheese, oh and to build a farm from scratch (see our Gallery “Kim & Steve Build a Sheep Farm“). That’s why our shop is all about celebrating the artisans.
Steve looks forward to assuming his role as “cheese sleuth” to help Denverites discover the delicious world of cheese and of telling the story of each cheese he sells from milking parlor to mouth.
Steve is joined in this venture by his wife, Kim Duty who has learned to share Steve’s passion for food during their 20+ year marriage.
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Our goal at Cheese+Provisions is to create a fun learning environment to help people fall in love with great food. We are passionate about supporting the community of artisans who produce the products we sell.
We are a cut-to-order cheese shop offering cheeses from around the world, with an emphasis on American farmstead cheeses. Our former chef/cheesemaker-owner leverages his lifetime of tasting and his personal relationships with cheesemakers from around the country to bring you hard-to-find, small batch cheeses.
We strive to make cheese fun (no cheese snobs here). Our cheesemongers happily offer you as many tastes as you like (along with the stories of the cheeses you are tasting) to help you make your choices. And then we hand-cut your selection straight from the wheel so you know it’s fresh.
In addition to great cheese, we also offer
- Artisan Salumi
- In-store Cheese Plates and Sandwiches with Wine/Beer Pairings
- An Extensive Specialty Pantry
- Classes and Events
- Party Platters
- Cheese of the Month Club
- “Cakes” of Cheese
Our Guiding Principles
- Great Food
We help Denver explore and experience the wonderful world of cheese and artisan food products. We love sharing and exploring the world of food with our guests. While we sell a variety of products, we are first and foremost a cheese shop.
- A Fun Shopping Experience
We believe food should be fun, not intimidating. We have a strict “no food snob” policy, and we work hard to create a fun and “safe” place for our guests to explore new products and tastes.
- Outstanding Service
Outstanding service is at our core. We go the extra mile and deliver exceptional service to every guest. After all, our guests are why we are there. We believe our guests are people, not customers or transactions. We also give great service to each other, our supplier partners and our employees as well.
- Celebrate the Artisans
We emphasize products made with traditional methods and in small batches. As former farmstead cheesemakers ourselves, we are passionate about telling the stories of the artisans who make the products we sell.
- A Great Place to Work
Enabling other cheese-passionate foodies to make a living doing what they love is a priority for us. We value our employees and treat them with the same respect we show our guests.
We know that we can’t deliver our commitment to outstanding service unless our staff is as happy as our guests.We compensate our staff competitively and are committed to their success. We seek opportunities for their personal and professional growth. We like to have fun and make work fun.
- A Place to Learn
We practice the art of education without intimidation. We help our guests become “cheese rock stars” and we pass on the stories behind and around our products. We are all students. No matter how much we know about our products, there is always more to learn, from each other, from the producers and from our guests.
- A Community Resource
This is very important to us! We are a neighborhood shop, and we actively participate in improving life in our community. We invest time, money, energy and information to make our neighborhood and city better.
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