Culture + Co. Brings Artisanal Cheeses to L&L Market

Three words: cheese conveyor belt.

Imagine, taking a seat at a counter and, suddenly, plates of cheese slowly drift by. Goat, cow, hard, soft, smooth, funky — all paired with the necessary accoutrements to highlight the flavors: fresh bread, olives, honey, jams. And everything is up for grabs. Sounds dreamy, right? Well, this cheese fantasy is the reality at Culture + Co., the newest tenant at Charlotte Avenue’s L&L Market. 

While the interactive communal dining premise isn’t so communal these days, the eatery, which has been open for about two months now, is making the most of current protocols by offering limited dine-in seating and, for those who are still wary of indoor dining, an impressive takeout menu. Eating fancy cheese in your pajamas? Sounds like the perfect Galentine’s Day for one.

Culture + Co.’s menu features small plates of tasty creations from a variety of well-respected farms and creameries around the country: Yellow Springs Farm in Pennsylvania, Goat Lady Dairy in North Carolina, Milton Creamery in Iowa and Noble Springs Dairy right here in Middle Tennessee.

The Nashville Hot Cheese plate ($6) comes with Noble Springs' “hot and spicy goat milk chèvre,” smoked honey and pickles, and the Nettle Meadow Amber Kunik plate ($8) features cow’s and goat’s milk cheese “washed in Adirondack beer and bourbon” with apple butter and a cinnamon sugar scone. 

They even serve a smoked vegan gouda (from Reine Vegan Cuisine in California) along with Nashville’s own The BE-Hive vegan pepperoni should you want your charcuterie to be meat- and dairy-free. (The BE-Hive’s pepperoni is the best fake pepperoni I’ve ever eaten, and as a vegetarian for 25 years, I’ve eaten a lot of fake pepperoni. Theirs is a savory blend of sun-dried tomatoes, fennel and other spices — it’s perfect. Even meat-eaters will enjoy it.)

C+C’s wine menu currently has 22 different bottles, from the $30 “bone dry” Col di Luna Flora Prosecco Brut to the $64 Daterra Viticultores Laura Lorenzo Portela do Vento 2018. And to finish off your meal with something sweet, there’s also a daily selection of bonbons. In December, they celebrated Taylor Swift’s new album Evermore with “Evers’more” bonbons. Cute.

Keep an eye on Culture + Co.’s Instagram account, too, for specials. In December, they invented a “walking charcuterie board,” and in January, they put together an at-home tea party pack.

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