Suffolk’s cheese renaissance continues apace with the opening of Cheese & Spice Market in Wading River. The shop is one of the first to open at The Shoppes at East Wind, a brand-new, old-timey shopping “village” that borders (and shares ownership) with East Wind, the hotel-conference center-catering hall-spa at the intersection of Sound Avenue and Route 25A.
The shop’s owner, Patty Kaczmarczyk, has spent decades in the restaurant business (in kitchen, dining room and bar), most recently at La Plage in Wading River. A longtime Wading River resident and booster, she noted that the town had no good source for cheese and that the two closest establishments — Village Cheese in Mattituck and C’est Cheese in Port Jefferson — were about 15 miles away.
Cheese & Spice Market is starting out with about 50 different cheeses, among them such domestic standouts as Humboldt Fog from Cypress Grove in California, Grayson from Meadow Creek Dairy in Virginia and Oma from the Von Trapp Farm (yes, those Von Trapps). Plus cheese boards, cheese knives, cheese crackers and accompaniments.
On the spice front, Kaczmarczyk stocks about 60, from anise to za’atar, and the world of flavor includes peppercorns from Malabar and Telicherry, cinnamon from Sri Lanka and Thailand, smoked paprika from Spain and hot paprika from Hungary.
Cheese & Spice Market is at 5768 Route 25A, Suite D, Wading River, 631-886-1521.