Monforte Dairy Hootenanny

Monforte Dairy Hootenanny 2010

Monforte Dairy celebrates the successful completion of their new cheese facility in Stratford by hosting a hootenanny for all their loyal supporters.

A little over a year ago, Ruth Klahsen and her team at Monforte Dairy launched Monforte Renaissance 2010. A campaign to raise enough money to build a new production facility in Stratford Ontario. To date, over 800 consumers have registered in a Community Shared Agriculture model to raise over $380,000.

Yesterday, Ruth invited her supporters to tour the new 5,600 square foot facility. She took guests through the various rooms of her shop, displaying her dedication to transparency in the way her company will function (There’s even a webcam installed in the vat room that you will be able to access soon, to peak into production). Dozens of her loyal supporters arrived eager to listen and see.

Later on in the day, a celebration took place at Stratford Festival Theatre Lobby. Chefs, producers and subscribers travelled from as far as North Bay to celebrate the success of Monforte Dairy and Ruth’s 53rd birthday.

Some of the participants that were at the Hootenanny for a true culinary collaboration:
Scott Vivian, The Wine Bar

Joshna Maharaj

Jason Inniss, Amuse Bouche

Bertrand Alepee, Amuse Bouche

Mark Cutrara, Cowbell

John Lee, Chippy’s

Marc Breton, Gladstone

Lailey Vineyard
Rosewood Estates Winery

Chateau Des Charmes

Pelee Island Winery

Stratford Pilsner

there were many more.

Monforte Dairy is aiming to start production on May 17. Follow her site for updates.
Ruth and her team will produce a variety of cheeses (sheep, cow, water buffalo, goat). At the hootenanny a sampling of her latest product, water buffalo ice cream was also available. A retail outlet will sell these products as well as other artisanal offerings from breads to meats. Ruth is also planning on hosting a farmer’s market behind the facility every weekend.

Photos/Video – Nina Popovic and Suresh Doss

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Ruth explaining how to finance a new dairy.

Monforte Dairy
49 Griffith Road, Stratford Ontario

Written by Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss

Suresh Doss is the publisher of and Rickshawmag. Founder of the Food Truck Eats festival, Suresh has been a pioneer for the Street food movement in Toronto. In 2011, He was awarded the VQA Promoter’s Award for outstanding achievement in the Media category in the promotion of Ontario VQA Wines. Suresh is also the Global Editor for Whitecap’s StreetEats series of travel guides, which focuses on the best street food across North America. Suresh also runs the newly launched Zagat Toronto site.

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