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January 26, 2015 – Off the 210, Fine Cheese and More at Milkfarm

Finding a neighborhood cheese shop is difficult enough, let alone one filled with knowledgeable and passionate cheese experts! Luckily Eagle Rock’s very own Milkfarm is just the solution to that problem!

Specializing in artisan cheeses, charcuterie and other handcrafted food items, Milkfarm offers a variety of wares to their customers. Feel like those just aren’t enough for you? Then check out Milkfarm’s delicious lunch menu, which changes every day!

One of Milkfarm’s more popular menu options are their Cheese and Charcuterie Boards, which can be ordered all day for only $15. Offering a selection of six cheese and two meats, which are changed every week to showcase some of the best cheeses currently on the market and often contains a theme or is based off a country. The plates also include fruit, honeycomb, mostarda and, or, house-made pickles all with slices of baguettes. All of their boards are paired with wines and beers, which are best enjoyed during their free corkage hour, which is Monday thru Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

Planning on enjoying a picnic or an outdoor concert but don’t know what to pack? Milkfarm’s delicious picnic boxesare the perfect solution and include two pieces of cheese, artisan salami, olives, cornichons, seasonal fresh fruit or grapes and half baguette. Don’t forget to add wine or beer to your order! Please place your order 24 hours in advance though.

Whether you’re looking for something new to try on your next date or truly enjoy great cheese, make sure you give Milkfarm a chance the next time you have a craving!

Visit them at: 2106 W Colorado Boulevard, Eagle Rock, CA 90041

To read the article on-line CLICK HERE.

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January 13, 2015 – 21 Best Places to Eat in Eagle Rock , LAist

Eagle Rock has one of the most authentic small town vibes in the city. It also has a vibrant, dynamic food scene that includes legendary, family-run establishments (from the 50s!) and shiny, new, chef-driven hot spots. From legit French restaurants and old-fashioned pizza parlors to gourmet cheese shops and sleek brewpubs, here’s a list of our favorites from the charming northeast L.A. neighborhood.

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Silver Lake Cheese Shop alum Leah Park Fierro offers a wide assortment of artisan cheeses at Milkfarm. But, the foodie excitement doesn’t stop there because the shelves are stocked with a well-curated selection of L.A.-made products, including Little Flower Company’s famous caramels and fruit presses from Grace & I. Behind the glass case—if you’re early enough—you’ll find fresh-made sandwiches, piled high with gourmet meats and cheeses, plus pastries delivered daily from Bread Lounge.

Milkfarm is located at 2106 W. Colorado Boulevard; 310-892-1068

To see the full article click HERE.

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Sept/ Oct 2014 – Pasadena Magazine, The Food Issue: Community Cheese

COMMUNITY CHEESE

At Milkfarm, Leah Park Fierro builds a sense of community around her world class cheese selections and homey inviting atmosphere.
Story by: Leiloni Degruy

When you step into Milkfarm, wonderment is likely to  be your first response. When you’e confronted with well over 75 different cheeses, 14 varieties of meats, nine different homemade jams, five types of tapenades, four sweet treats, mixed olives, pizza sauce, fresh pasta, balsamic dressing, and a selection of nuts, who can blame you?

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September 6, 2014 – The Los Angeles Times, 7 Super LA Cheese Shops

7 Super LA Cheese Shops and What They Have to Offer

To see the full article on-line by clicking here.

There’s DTLA Cheese at downtown’s Grand Central Market, Milkfarm in Eagle Rock and Wheel House Cheese in Culver City, all of which have opened in the last several months.

The latest generation of cheesemongers is bringing cheeses both classic and hard-to-find to neighborhoods that previously might have been gourmet-cheese sparse. Among them are Leah Park Fierro, a pastry chef and veteran of the Cheese Store of Silverlake, who opened Milkfarm on a bustling stretch of Eagle Rock’s Colorado Boulevard, and Alex Josef, who opened Wheel House in Culver City and sports a tattoo of a cow on his arm.

“Cheese is just cool,” Clarke said. “It’s never boring. It’s always ‘Oh, my God, cheese!’

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The charming black-and-white shop that Leah Park Fierro opened this spring carries a large selection of seasonal cheeses, along with charcuterie; paper-wrapped, string-tied sandwiches; and local food products. A recent selection of cheeses includes the English Stinking Bishop (rind washed in perry, a pear hard cider), fresh burrata, Four Fat Fowl triple crème from St. Stephens in New York, even squeaky Beehive Cheese Co. cheese curds.

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September 4, 2014 – Los Angeles Magazine, The Digest

How to Create the Perfect Late Summer Cheese Plate

Experts from three of LA’s best cheese shops share their favorite end-of-summer cheeses

http://www.lamag.com/digestblog/create-perfect-late-summer-cheese-plate/

A cheese plate can be the star of any party spread, but it’s easy to get stuck in a hors d’oeuvres rut by always relying on your same old standbys. We’re not judging, of course—we love Humboldt Fog and Red Hawk, too. However, just like wine, there are perfect varieties of cheese for every season, and changing things up is a delicious way to experience a broad spectrum of flavors and textures while impressing your guests.

To help us master the late summer cheeseboard, we asked three experts from some of L.A.’s best cheese shops to share their favorites of the season. Here’s what they told us:

Leah Park Fierro, Owner of MilkFarm:
“Wabash Cannonball from Capriole, Indiana or Couronne de Touraine from the master cheesemaker Rodolphe le Meunier from the Loire. Cheeses go best with bubbles and whites because of the fat. I would pair these with off-dry whites like Sancerre or my favorite Rose from Kermit Lynch Gris de Gris.”

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September 2014 – Los Angeles Magazine

Full-Service Cheese Counters Stake Their Claim in L.A. 

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It’s like taking that first bite of a watermelon,” explains Leah Park Fierro as she slices into an 85-pound wheel of Parmigiano-Reggiano. She’s standing behind the counter at Milkfarm, her new artisan cheese shop that’s a short bike ride from her Eagle Rock home. “The community has been waiting for a place like this,” says the 32-year-old former pastry chef, who after six years of working at the Cheese Store of Silverlake went off on her own.

Fierro is part of a new generation of young cheesemongers eager to take the full-service cheese counter from special-occasion destination to everyday neighborhood stop. Deli cases at upstart shops like Fierro’s may offer a smaller selection than the gourmet emporiums in Beverly Hills or Brentwood, but that’s the appeal: They’re less intimidating.

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August 6, 2014 – Los Angeles Register

EAGLE ROCK’S DINING SCENE: 8 OF ITS BEST RESTAURANTS

On-line link: http://www.losangelesregister.com/articles/rock-603032-eagle-chef.html

E-Paper link: http://epaper.ocregister.com/Olive/ODE/LARegister/

Apparently Eagle Rock has had an underground artisanal cheese fan club just waiting for an affineur to open shop. They surfaced in April when Lea Park Fierro, a former pastry chef and Cheese Store of Silver Lake alum, threw open the doors to Milkfarm and local crowds poured in. Dozens of domestic and imported wheels and slabs fill an open case that looks like a Dutch Master’s still life painting. Supplementing the many varieties is an array of charcuterie and a case full of sandwiches on rustic, crusty loaves from Bread Lounge. Four kinds of cheese fill a grilled sandwich (which changes daily) and beef is roasted in house. At the back of the shop, several tables accommodate eating in. The store carries a beautifully curated collection of locally made boutique food specialties that make wonderful host and hostess gifts.

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July 23, 2014 – Inspiration Everywhere by Bovitz

http://www.bovitzinc.com/blog/2014/7/23/inspiration-everywhere

Some of us visited a new cheese and sandwich shop the other day. And, all of us were inspired by it. We had some good cheese, accoutrement, and a well-crafted artisan experience of course. But more than that, it was what they didn’t have that struck us. They don’t have a website. They don’t have menus. They don’t have seats. And they certainly don’t have a loyalty card, rewards program, or any gimmicky promotions. 

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July 2014 – KoreAm Magazine

http://iamkoream.com/milkfarm-founder-leah-park-fierro-is-the-big-cheese/ 

Leah Park Fierro spent years working as a pastry chef for major hotels before striking it out on her own and opening a shop selling one of her favorite foods: cheese.

The signs were there at a young age: sneaking Kraft singles into the rice cooker and waiting for the cheese to seep into the crevices of the bap; craving the cheese enchiladas from Koreatown’s El Cholo every birthday since she was 5 years old; and to this day, eating room-temperature juk, or rice porridge, side-by-side with cubes of cheddar. Leah Park Fierro was destined to become a cheesemonger.

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