Consuming $30-A-Pound Cheese: the Role of the Retail Cheesemonger As Cicerone

Scott D. Roberts, St. Edward's University
W. Brett McKenzie, Roger Williams University
Kathleen Shirley Micken, Roger Williams University
To get artisan cheese from producer to consumer requires a uniquely different channel than for most agricultural products, with a cheesemonger playing a central role. Artisan cheese making, distribution and sale in the northeastern United States are both sufficiently established and rich in regional variation to support examining the cheesemonger/cheese consumer interaction. Through traditional qualitative methods of observation, interview, and immersion, we identify and document the important rituals that accompany the cheese buying process. We explain the pivotal roles of narrative and story and of store atmospherics and staging to the process of making meaning in the cheesemaker to cheesemonger to cheese consumer channel.
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Scott D. Roberts, W. Brett McKenzie, and Kathleen Shirley Micken (2008) ,"Consuming $30-A-Pound Cheese: the Role of the Retail Cheesemonger As Cicerone", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 35, eds. Angela Y. Lee and Dilip Soman, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 304-310.