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Back Bay

Fromager extraordinaire Louis Risoli has overseen L’Espalier’s storied cheese cart for more than three decades, and being guided through his 30 or so hand-selected offerings remains one of this city’s decadent pleasures. You can enjoy them off the custom-crafted $6,000 cart, of course, but also during the Cheese Tuesday tastings that are held in the restaurant’s salon.

closer look at l'espalier

Louis Risoli Selects Five Great New England Cheeses

adas honor at lespalier 1. Ada’s Honor: A tangy goat’s milk from Ruggles Hill Creamery in Hardwick
coupole at l'espalier 2. Coupole: A creamy, dense goat’s milk from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery in Websterville, Vermont
lake's edge at l'espalier 3. Lake’s Edge: A soft, ash-rubbed goat’s milk from Blue Ledge Farm in Salisbury, Vermont
harbison at l'espalier 4. Harbison: A tree-bark-wrapped herbal cow’s milk from Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vermont
timberdoodle at l'espalier 5. Timberdoodle: A semisoft, raw cow’s milk from Woodcock Farm in Weston, Vermont