26910 Bethel Rd , Huntsville, AL 35620
For almost 20 years Belle Chevre has been hand-crafting fine French style goat’s milk cheeses in rural Alabama. A woman with a grand appetite for Chevre (the French word for goat and pronounced ‘shev) founded Belle Chevre and developed a winning recipe that has, to date, garnered over 50 national awards from American Cheese Society and other famed institutions.
Belle Chevre’s delicious recipe landed Belle Chevre cheeses in some of the finest cheese retailers in the country including The Cheese Shop of Beverly Hills and Dean & Deluca in New York City where a wayward Alabamian, Tasia Malakasis, discovered this product from her home about which she did not yet know.
Tasia, ever passionate about food, fell in love with the product, and came back to Alabama to learn the art of cheesemaking and finally persuaded the owner emeritus to let her be the next generation of Belle Chevre.
“I could not be more excited to highlight a great product that is not only from Alabama but is OF Alabama”, says Malakasis. The uniquely mild but distinctive flavor of our cheeses is directly related to the terrain on which the goats are raised and the cheese is created. Limestone County, Alabama is a big part of what is special about Belle Chevre. The French use a term, terroir, to speak mostly about why wine is so special from a certain region – the soil, the climate, the chemical and alchemical sense of place – and it is the same with Belle Chevre’s cheeses. No other cheese can taste as good!
Steven Jenkins, one of the world’s foremost authorities on cheeses of the world says “Alabama’s FBC cheeses and fromage blanc taste as fine as the best of the Loire Valley, Perigord and Provence, and that’s a mouthful." All of our cheeses are hand-made and hand-packed with great care and dedication to the craft – and we believe that that makes all the difference in the world. We hope that you too will become infected with the passion with which this cheese is made and experience, as Tasia and so many others have, love at first bite!
Belle Chèvre has produced a variety of internationally acclaimed chevres since 1989 using time-tested European farmstead techniques. The company is purposefully small, and each chevre is hand made by its passionate cheese makers. The result is an artisan cheese with a mild and distinct taste and texture that reflects the care with which it was made.
Belle Chèvre cheeses have received numerous national awards from the American Cheese Society and the American Dairy Goat Association, and has been featured in many top culinary books and magazines. Declared "American Treasure" by the internationally known authority on cheese, Steven Jenkins, and acclaimed by chefs and cheese lovers the world over, Belle Chèvre is available at upscale retailers including Dean and Deluca and the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills as well as larger outlets like Whole Foods Market.