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Mmmmm…what smells so good? (Posted On: Thursday, February 02, 2006)

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Dags & Willow, a new fine cheese and gourmet shop in downtown Collingwood opened it’s doors just prior to the holidays to a warm reception from the local community as well as our weekend visitors. Since the opening I have been in the shop a few times and with each visit I am hit by wonderful aromas and think…mmmm…what smells so good? Today it was braised lamb shanks.

It’s a classy little shop and proud owners Kelly Siskind and her husband Steven Epstein have taken great care to source a wide selection of excellent products from both our local vendors (Milky Way Farms and Ewenity Dairy Co-operative) and from around the globe so that they can bring them to you.

Dags and Willow offers over 70 varieties of cheese imported from France, Spain, the Netherlands, England, Italy and Switzerland as well as a wonderful array of good old Canadian cheese.

Daily prepared entrees and salads make a great “dinner to go” suitable for your most distinguished guests or just yourself. You can find everything you need to pull it all together, including cheeses and cured meats, entrees, sides like twice baked potatoes with Raclette cheese, wonderful salads and pestos, freshly baked breads and a selection of Dufflet Cakes. While you’re at it, pick up some Gryfe’s bagels, baked daily on premises, for brunch the next morning.

If you’re thinking of having a dinner party…start at Dags and Willow, it’s a great place to get inspired. Call ahead and they will prepare custom cheese trays and offer a huge and diverse selection to choose from. You will receive an education in cheese as well because Kelly prepares little cards with some background information on each cheese to help your guests with their choice and if you need some help pairing up wines just ask. Now that makes a great presentation!

Going to a dinner party? Stop in and pick up a unique hostess gift from a wide range of prepared oils, vinegars and mustards, crisps and crackers, or even a housewarming present like an authentic Cheese Fondue Set imported from Switzerland. Cheese Fondue is making a great comeback by the way. They also offer a fun and interesting selection of books all about…you guessed it…cheese.

Kelly and Steven started their journey into the world of imported cheeses at the Collingwood Farmer’s Market this past summer. After being so well received and enjoying success at that venue, they embarked on opening their own shop, located just across from the Loblaw’s parking lot on Pine Street. What’s in a name? Kelly and Steven have two dogs, Dagny and Willow so they brought together two of their passions and there you have it.

I strongly suggest putting the shopping bag out of reach on your drive home. Only two of my four Gryfe’s bagels made it through my front door.

Dags & Willow
60 Pine Street
Collingwood, Ontario
L9Y 2N7
705.444.9100
www.dagsandwillow.ca

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