Big news in the mousehouse: the eagerly anticipated Washington D.C. Cowgirl Creamery branch flung wide their smelly doors to the politico-public on June 12th.

The press from the Washington Post has been fairly constant and complimentary — perhaps to make up for the fact that they were scooped by the New York Times last year? — with such choice tidbits as: “Cowgirl Creamery looks like something airlifted from San Francisco, all buffed wood floors, clean white walls and fresh-faced staff eager to help you select from among dozens of mostly domestic cheeses” from Post food critic, Tom Seitsema. Additionally, Erin Hartigan in the Post’s “Going Out Gurus” blog raved, “[w]ith all of the delectable goodness in one spot, the Cowgirls should have locals leaping onto the Creamery bandwagon in no time.”

Of course, such praise is old hat to us blasé San Franciscans, but it’s nice that the word of our eventual world dominance is spreading. Of course the dispiriting thing about the new store is that it will no longer be impressive when I fly eight hours with a bag full of cold-packed Coolea, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, or Panache d’Aramitz to present to my mother-in-law in Northern Virginia.

I’m currently praying to Cheesus that the Cowgirls will start to make cheeses just like Mt. Tam, Red Hawk, St. Pat, and SF Drake, but use local milk from Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. That way, they can give them names like Government Cheese, Filibuster Fromage, Hanging Chad Cheddar (yeah, I’m still not over it, so?!), or, dare we hope, Barat Obama? I’d so vote for that cheese.

How did this post suddenly become all political? Must be the District influence. Anyway, Cowgirl! D.C.! Yay!

Cowgirl Creamery
919 F Street NW, between 9th and 10th Streets
Washington, D.C.


Tuesay-Friday 10 am-8 pm
Saturday 9 am-6 pm

Government Cheese 29 June,2006Stephanie Lucianovic

  • Catherine

    Even though I already knew about the opening, your post was a grand plaisir to read.

  • Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic

    Aw, thanks! I know, I *was* a bit slow on this getting this post up because they’ve been open nearly two weeks now. Oh, well, better late and all that jazz.

  • Marc

    Instead of Red Hawk, the Cowgirls might need to make War Hawk (lots of those in DC these days), or perhaps Deficit Hawk (do any still serve in Congress?). Mt. Tam could be replaced with Mt. Vernon.

  • meghan

    Did you come up w/ “praying to Cheesus”? That’s awesome!!!! Thanks for spreading the good word… –mk

  • cucina testa rossa

    Vive la fromage! 🙂 Felicitations de France!


Stephanie Lucianovic

A former picky eater, Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic is a writer, editor, and lapsed cheesemonger in the San Francisco Bay Area. A culinary school grad with an English lit degree, she has written for,, Popular Science, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. Additionally, she has been writing for KQED’s Bay Area Bites since its inception and is the website editor for KQED’s Emmy-award winning show “Check, Please! Bay Area.”

Stephanie was an original recapper at Television Without Pity and worked on a line of cookbooks for William-Sonoma as well as in the back kitchen of a Jacques Pépin cooking show. Her first book, SUFFERING SUCCOTASH: A Picky Eater’s Quest To Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate (Perigee Books, 2012) is a non-fiction narrative and a heartfelt and humorous exposé on the inner lives of picky eaters that Scientific American called “hilarious” and “the perfect popular science book for a reader that doesn’t think he or she wants to read a popular science book.”

Stephanie lives in Menlo Park with her husband, three-year-old son, assorted cats, and has been blogging at The Grub Report for over a decade.

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