These Brooklyn cheeses may be creamy and delectable, but they aren’t made out of any diary — and they’re made fresh at Riverdel Cheese Shop in Brooklyn.
“At 1st when they heard there gonna be a cheese shop opening on this block everyone was like, ‘Oh, great, a cheese shop!’” said owner Michaela Grob. “And then they were like, ‘It’s vegan? How does that work?’”
Riverdel sells cheeses made of cashews, coconut, tofu, and hazelnuts — no dairy is in the mix at all.
“Look at this as great food and not necessarily having to label it, like, oh, it’s exclusively vegan. It’s good food,” Grob explained.
The store sources artisanal vegan cheeses from all over the country and make their own in-house, too — like the Heinrich aged beer cheese and the spicy pepper Billy.
Grob opened Riverdel after she went vegan because she couldn’t find one go-to place for all the best vegan cheese out there. Her shop focuses on making vegan food accessible to everyone and easier for people to discover. She also hopes that non-vegan customers consider going plant-based after eating her cheeses:
“I want to show people that it’s actually really easy. You don’t miss out on anything.”