Bring Your Cheeseboard with You 

And remember to pack the knives. 

The summer season in the Northeast brings with it beautiful afternoons and outdoor festivals. There are a wide array of free music events around the towns, theater in the park, and poetry readings every night of the week. Saratoga race track season starts soon, and summer visitors pack the capital district in seasonal rentals. So keep your eyes open for the many fun things to do this summer. 

When you’re out and about for the day, think about packing a picnic basket of fancy foods. This will keep your food costs down without skimping on the quality and also extend your pocket money for other impulse buys like putting a bit more toward your favorite horse! 

The essentials for a well-stocked picnic basket include:

  • A selection of quality charcuterie such as country pate, salami, prosciutto, and/or country ham
  • A selection of heat-resistant cheeses such as pecorino, manchego, English cheddar, and Comte 
  • A cherry jam or honey to pair with cheese
  • Cornichons (those adorable little pickles) or olives to cut the fat and ease digestion 
  • Marcona Spanish almonds and/or figs
  • Fresh baguette or crackers (gluten-free too)
  • A caramel, brittle or other non-melting sweet 
  • A craft beer or cider 

When putting together your basket, remember to pack utensils, cups, napkins, a bottle opener and a cutting board!

The Cheese Traveler offers a wide variety of picnic basket items in store. If you’re pressed for time, call in an order for pickup. Name your price, and our expert cheesemongers will put together a picnic basket of goodies for you. You can pay over the phone or in store 518.443.0440. 

What’s That You Say, a Cheese Wedding Cake? 

Yes, indeed. The Cheese Traveler specializes in creating uniquely designed cheese wedding cakes for bride and/or grooms cakes. Check out our Pinterest page for ideas of what our cheesemongers can do for you. 

Cheese-cake for a summer wedding at a Beer House

Here we have featured a four-tiered cheese-cake selected for style and textures that, when taken apart, becomes a four-cheese dessert course. Adorning the cake are white roses and spray roses to match the wedding decor and a cascade of candy-sweet muscat grapes. 

Cheese-cakes can be purchased on their own, or for an additional fee, you can have a cheesemonger at your event to break down and serve the cheese to guests. 

Cheese wedding cakes are perfect for any season. They can also be created for birthdays, retirement parties, or other events. 

Pricing varies. Call or email for additional details. 

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New Friday Night Pop-up Dinners Feature Selection of Alpine-style Cheeses and Raclette

Raclette Plate with Ham

Stop into The Cheese Traveler on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Fridays in February and March to be seated for a delicious meal of gooey, melted cheese goodness.

Launched on January 20, Alpine Nights at The Cheese Traveler was met with delighted customers and satisfied tummies. Richard fired up the raclette grill and served raclette “better than what I had in Switzerland,” one customer confided. “This one came out the way it should. It was hot and perfectly melted.” That night we did experience a little ventilation problem, but that’s now resolved. “We have a good system in place now, and a sweet little fireplace to make the store feel warm and cozy,” Eric Paul, proprietor said. The menu features a curated selection of grilled cheese sandwiches; monger’s-choice cheese platters; Raclette!, an Alpine cheese melted over duck-fat fried potatoes; and Harbison gratin, a layered cheese, potato, and Benton’s bacon-caramelized onion dish that is not to be missed. Round out the meal with a selection of world-class wines, beers, or ciders. Desserts available. We are kid-friendly.

Dishes can be made to accommodate dietary restrictions. We have a fabulous gluten-free bread options, and the potatoes in the raclette dish can be fried in olive oil.

Come in to sit at a private-ish table for two or our long tables, with hall-like seating by the fireplace. Check out our menu page Friday Alpine Nights.

Mac-N-Cheese, Cheese Traveler-Style

Mac-n-Cheese? Yeah we do that. On February 20, 2016, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York held it’s 7th Annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl competition. The Cheese Traveler, sandwiched in between 30 stations of Hudson Valley cheese-y competitors, served up four-cheese enrobed caserecci pasta curls topped with apple-jack, red wine, and goat horn pepper-braised lamb and garnished with preserved lemon gremolata. Representing The Cheese Traveler, Cheesemonger Ryan Skrabalak and his assistants Morgan and Marina assembled gorgeous little “bowls” of the finest pasta and cheese we could offer.

Around the Siena College Marcelle Athletic Complex basketball court, 2,500 mac-n-cheese enthusiasts wandered through mac-n-cheese laden tables dodging around makeshift lines, elbow to elbow, brandishing muffin pans filled with two ounce “bowls” of the day’s competing mac-n-cheese entries. Since it was the seventh annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl, many of these folks knew the ropes from previous years, and they brought their own muffin pans to line up, evaluate, and rank the pasta bowls.

At our station, smack-dab in the center of the court, people lined up from midcourt to the sidelines and down the aisle to the far corner. Hundreds of people pushed forward to the table at all sides, hoping to steal a chance to get some of the fast-dwindling supply of caserecci curls. Some waited in line a second or third time for another two-ounce portion. It was heated. It was flying. And it was totally crazy in there.

Our supply ran dry at 12:55 p.m. with over an hour and a half more of the event to go. Did we bring enough to spare? Probably not. We brought eleven pounds of Hessian Hill local, grass-fed lamb shoulder and leg (retailing between $12.95 and $14.95 a pound), over thirteen pounds of bronze-dye cut, fresh-water pasta, hand made by the Masciarelli Pastificio (pasta house), the oldest and smallest pasta producer in Abruzzo, Italy (retails $9.95 a 1.1 lb. package), and a four-cheese medley of Pecorino Fiore Sardo ($23.50 lb.), Tomme Chebris ($24.50 lb.), Edelweiss Havarti ($9.95 lb.), and Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar (donated by Cabot). With the crowd hopping and the mac-n-cheese bowls flying, we could barely keep up with the demand.

If you missed out on this year’s action, you can still try our delicious cheeses and prepared foods. Come out to the 8th Annual Mac-N-Cheese Bowl, or better yet, stop in at 540 Delaware Avenue during business hours. See you soon!


Left to Right: Marina, Ryan, and Morgan Skrabalak


Extended Holiday Hours for New Year’s

Extended Holiday Hours for the last week of December:

Friday 12/27 11-7
Saturday 12/28 10-7
Sunday 12/29 10-7
Monday 12/30 10-7
Tuesday 12/31 10-6
Wednesday 1/1 closed for New Year’s Day

Just arrived: A few special Cheeses in store for your New Year’s Celebration include:

Truffle Brie from Maison de la Truffe in Paris, France – Black diamond creme infused Brie

Tunworth from Neal’s Yard Dairy – an English Camembert

A selection of specialty Robiolas:

  • Robiola D’alba Tartufo – cow’s milk robiola with truffles
  • Robiola Di Castagna – mixed milk (cow, sheep, goat) wrapped in chestnut leaves
  • Robiola Incavolata – mixed milk (cow, sheep, goat) wrapped in savoy cabbage
  • Robiola Roccaverano di Capra – goat’s milk robiola

L’Ami du Chambertin “Gaugry – soft, pasteurized cow’s milk cheese washed in Marc du Burgundy wine, similar in style to the award-winning Epoisses (also available in store)

And there are many more beautiful cheeses available for your holiday cheese plates and new year’s entertaining. Come in and our exceptional cheesemongers will help you put together the perfect pairings or let us cater your cheese plate to order. We will also help you find the perfect cheeses to pair with your wines and beers.

Christmas 2013 cheese and charcuterie platters

Extended Holiday Hours in December and Gift Ideas

Hey y’all we will be open additional days and hours this holiday week for your last minute shopping pleasure.

Monday 12/23 10-7
Tuesday 12/24 10- 4 Christmas Eve
Wednesday 12/25 closed
Thursday 12/26 closed

We will be open Friday with extended hours up until New Year’s Eve. Check back for details.

Remember The Cheese Traveler offers gift certificates and gift baskets in a variety of themes and prices to meet your budget.




Special Class: Holiday Cheese Plates

Holiday Cheese Plating: A New Class at The Cheese Traveler

Where: The Cheese Traveler, 540 Delaware Avenue, Albany
When: Wednesday, December 18, 6-8pm
Cost: $40, Go to or visit the shop to purchase tickets

A beautiful cheese plate can be highlight of your holiday entertaining. Join Cheesemonger Eric Paul for a 2 hour workshop featuring cheese sampling, beverage pairing, and learning the art of crafting the perfect cheese plate.

Starting with styles, textures, and milks, Eric will show how to choose cheeses that will both compliment and contrast to create a well-rounded selection. To take it to the next level, we’ll introduce pairing nuts, preserves, meats, fruits, crackers, beverages, and more. Once you know what you want on your board, we’ll show you how to cut, plate, and present your delicious work of art.

All class attendees will receive a 10% discount on their holiday cheese order from The Cheese Traveler. Buy your tickets in the shop or at

Eric and Alifair's Workshop "Making Elegant Cheese Plates" at Wine and Dine for the Arts 2013

Eric and Alifair’s Workshop “Making Elegant Cheese Plates” at Wine and Dine for the Arts 2013

Thanksgiving hours

Oh the snow! Already frosty windows, icicles, and breezy winds. Come in and warm up with hot cider while shopping.

Extended Holiday Hours

Monday 11/25 10-7
Tuesday 11/26 10-7
Wednesday 11/27 10-6
Thursday – closed for the holiday
Friday 11/29 11-7

Holiday Cheese SpecialsCelebrate Classic French Cheeses

Coronne de Touraine – $14.95 each , sale $13.95 each
Tome d-Aquitaine – $33.95 lb. , sale $28.95 lb.
Saintalin – $28.95 lb. , sale $25.95 lb.
Fourme aux Moelleaux – $29.95 , sale 27.50 lb.

Holiday Cheese Platters

You can still order Thanksgiving cheese platters (great for keeping everyone fed while the feast is being prepared). Give us a call 518-443-0440 or stop in. — at The Cheese Traveler. Fresh Bonfiglio bread with every order.

ImageBonfiglio Baguettes