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Cheese Journeys

 

What is Cheese Journeys?

Through Cheese Journeys, Anna Juhl and her team aim to create unforgettable food travel opportunities that allow you to share in their passion for artisan cheeses, the individuals who create them and the cultures that nourish them. It’s the commitment of everyone involved with Cheese Journeys to create a uniquely personal and educational travel experience for their guests while promoting an awareness of the world’s finest artisan cheese, food and drink producers - all individuals that have enriched our lives over the years.

WHO ARE OUR TRAVELERS?
Are you a culinary professional, a gourmet food lover, a weekend chef or a cheese enthusiast? Cheese Journeys provides behind the scenes access to cheesemakers, wine producers and culinary experiences that few travelers discover on their own. These tours feature villa stays, cooking classes with our private chefs, cheese pairings with experts and visits to local farms, aging caves and food artisans.

ARE YOU A CHEESE SHOP OWNER, LIFESTYLE DIRECTOR, OR COMMUNITY GROUP LEADER?
If you're interested in enriching the lives of your customers, employees, friends, or community members through travel, we offer private tour options and a rewards program. Contact adventures@cheesejourneys.com.

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Anna Juhl

CHEESE JOURNEYS FOUNDER & TOUR HOST

Born and raised around family farms in Iowa, USA, Anna Juhl grew up eating and cooking the foods her Czech, German and Swedish ancestors had traditionally made. Her love of food and cooking saw her working happily within the family business, Juhl Haus Market & Café, a destination food oasis in Salt Lake City. During that time, Anna was winning awards for cheese fondue, best bratwurst and best dining experience.

During her time at Juhl Haus, Anna sourced the finest cheeses and other foods from artisan European and American producers to share with her customers and chefs. Cheese Journeys’ travelers will now have a chance to meet and learn from these speciality food producers while dining at their tables. A dedicated food professional, Anna offers a warm and personal style of hospitality which lies at the heart of what Cheese Journeys offers.

“Cheese Journeys had been a vision for a long time”, says Juhl. “When my family and I first traveled to Europe and experienced amazing artisan cheeses and met their producers personally, it was life changing. By creating this type of food travel opportunity, not just for food professionals but also for cheese enthusiasts, we hope to lend support to these amazing cheesemakers and help build, a wider appreciation for quality produced artisanal foods."


Upcoming Journeys

ENGLAND 9 DAY CHEDDAR ODYSSEY

October 10-18, 2019

Double occupancy: $3,000 per person
Single occupancy: $5,450 per person

Our Cheddar Odyssey begins in London at renowned Neal's Yard Dairy’s retail location for an overview and history of the British cheese world. From there, we’ll head to Devon, the “bread-basket” of England, which will include a visit with cheesemaker Mary Quicke at her 500-year old family farm, a walk through the vineyards of Sharpham Estate and more, all while staying on England’s “Riviera.”

Heading north to Somerset, the ancestral home of Cheddar, King Arthur and Camelot, we’ll experience four “Downton Abbey-style” days & nights in a beautifully restored English manor, North Cadbury Court. In addition to Cheddar making, cooking demonstrations, cheese classes and farm visits, an evening gala of cheese & wine pairings with Britain’s top cheesemakers will be a highlight.

ENGLAND 5 DAY CHEDDAR ODYSSEY

October 14-18, 2019

Double occupancy: $3,000 per person

This one of a kind experience allows you to spend time and learn from Britain’s best artisan cheesemakers while staying in a beautifully restored English Manor.  Meet up in London at Neal’s Yard Dairy with Cheese Journeys owner Anna Juhl and cheese writer Tenaya Darlington (aka Madame Fromage) before we travel west to North Cadbury Court, one of the finest historic properties in Somerset, England. Enjoy chef-prepared meals, tour scenic farms, and witness cheddar making first hand. Participate in cooking demonstrations and even a “cheese portrait” art class taught by Mike Geno - artist and cheese painter extraordinaire!

ENGLAND: A CHEDDAR ODYSSEY | 5 Day London & Somerset Sojourn

March 30 - April 3, 2020

Double occupancy: $3,000 per person
Single occupancy: $3,600 per person

This one of a kind experience allows you to spend time and learn from Britain’s best artisan cheesemakers while staying in a beautifully restored English Manor.  Meet up in London at Neal’s Yard Dairy with Cheese Journeys owner Anna Juhl and cheese writer Tenaya Darlington (aka Madame Fromage) before we travel west to North Cadbury Court, one of the finest historic properties in Somerset, England. Enjoy chef-prepared meals, tour scenic farms, and witness cheddar making first hand. Participate in cooking demonstrations and even a “cheese portrait” art class taught by Mike Geno - artist and cheese painter extraordinaire!

ROADTRIP: NYC TO VERMONT

FOR INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS
May 27 - June 1, 2020

Double occupancy: $3,750 per person
Single occupancy: $4,500 per person

In 2020, Hop on the bus in NYC with Cheese Journeys as we travel to Vermont! This tour is designed for artisan cheese and beverage professionals to give you VIP access, to some of the world’s best producers in NYC and Vermont while forming valuable connections with colleagues and industry professionals. Enjoy 6 days with Anna Juhl and her co-hosts: cheese and cocktail educator and author Tenaya Darlington (aka Madame Fromage), Vermont local food expert Jeff Roberts.

The tour begins in the bustling metropolis of New York City, with an exclusive introduction to two of the best cheese counters in the world: Eataly and Murray’s Cheese. Enjoy tastings and a guided tour of Murray’s cheese aging caves. We’ll meet up with friends at Brooklyn Brewery, Jasper Hill, Shelburne Farms, Vermont Creamery, Von Trapp Creamery & Brewery, Hill Farms Brewery and more!

NORTHERN ITALY: Piedmont, Val d'Aosta, & Lake Country

Private Tour – WineStyles of West Des Moines
June 10-21, 2020

Double Occupancy: $6,950 per person
Single Occupancy: $7,650 per person

Join Cheese Journeys’ Anna Juhl, Tenaya Darlington (aka Madame Fromage) and Bryan & Andrea McGinness - owners of WineStyles of West Des Moines - for an unforgettable trip to Northern Italy! Beginning and ending in Milan, this 2020 tour is designed for 15 food, wine, and cheese enthusiasts - customers and guests of WineStyles of West Des Moines. Just as the Langhe is a cradle of Italy’s fine food and wine culture, Bra in the Piedmont is the epicenter of the Slow Food universe. The aesthetics of this region and the principles of its famous organization will serve as the foundation as we explore two additional food and wine areas, Val d’Aosta and the Lake country.

ALPINE REGIONS OF FRANCE & SWITZERLAND

PRIVATE TOUR: FARMcurious
August 26-September 6, 2020

Double Occupancy : $6,950 per person

Join Cheese Journeys’ owner Anna Juhl and co-host Nicole Easterday, educator and owner of Farmcurious as we team up to celebrate Farmcurious’s 10th anniversary- in France! This is a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure to one of France’s foremost cheese, food, and wine producing regions.

Stay in a 1,000 year-old newly restored chateau nestled in vineyards at the foot of the French Alps. Enjoy meals prepared by Cheese Journeys' private French chefs, cooking and cheese/wine classes and excursions to visit regional producers including alpage cheesemakers while learning from some of the world’s best wine, cheese and food producers.

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ALPINE REGIONS OF FRANCE & SWITZERLAND

PRIVATE TOUR: THE FOX & THE CROW CHEESE SHOP
September 9-20, 2020

Double Occupancy: $6,950 per person

Our most popular tour - as featured in
Conde Nast Traveler!

Join Cheese Journeys owner Anna Juhl and Tina Mooney, owner of Fox and Crow cheese shop and fellow food-loving travellers on a once-in-a-lifetime culinary adventure to one of France’s foremost cheese, food, and wine producing regions.

Stay in a 1,000 year-old newly restored chateau nestled in vineyards at the foot of the French Alps. Enjoy meals prepared by Cheese Journeys' private French chefs, cooking and cheese/wine classes and excursions to visit regional producers including alpage cheesemakers while learning from some of the world’s best wine, cheese and food producers.

BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS: GOUDA, CHOCOLATE & BREWS GETAWAY

September 24 - October 4, 2020

Single occupancy: $7,950
Double occupancy: $6,950

Join Cheese Journeys in the Netherlands and Belgium for a Gouda, Chocolate & Brews Getaway. We loved the Netherlands in 2019 but we couldn’t resist adding our favorite Belgium things (more great cheese, beer and chocolate) to this already amazing tour! We start in Amsterdam, a city full of colorful homes, picturesque canals, meet up with Beemster, Boska and our favorite “Julia Child of Cheese”, Betty Koster of L’Amuse and work our way south to Bruges, Brussels and Chimay!

Press & Testimonials

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Testimonials:

Two words: Cheese Journeys. This tour through Alpine France and Switzerland is an absolute must for any foodie—expect to visit caves full of Comté, dine at Michelin-starred Le Bon Accueil, and eat all the fondue.
— Condé Nast Traveler
Where do we begin? We had no idea what to expect on a Cheese Journey - but now we can say WOW!!! The education, the top shelf amenities, the incredible meals - all topped off with new friends! This was a trip of a lifetime. Of course you have both educated and ruined us :). We were content living our boring cheese lives and now we examine ALL! We are trying to do justice to all you taught us - this is indeed a journey. Thank you for everything.
— L & D, Alpine France Private Tour, 2019
If you are looking for value in what I can assure you will very possibly be the trip of a lifetime, you need look no further. What you will see, what you will eat and where you will stay are nothing short of fantastic.
— Kevin D., Alpine France & Switzerland, 2019
Fun and informative, not to mention warm, colorful, and welcoming hosts. A real cheese centric snapshot of the Dutch food scene and culture.
— Alyce Birchenough, Cheesemaker, past president of the American Cheese Society
Cheese Journeys France 2016 took us on a foodie’s adventure! Anna and her friendly team made everyone on this trip feel like family, so comfortable right from the beginning. We visited cheesemakers, affineurs, wine producers and had incredible meals that we would not have dreamed of had we planned this trip ourselves. We had other family members on the trip as well and they still can’t stop talking about how amazing, well planned, and fun experience this was. Can’t wait to go on another trip with Cheese Journeys!
— Chuck Kellner, Cowgirl Creamery, Cheesemonger / Kim Kroener, Nurse Practitioner