"Art is relative, you can love Rembrandt and dislike Picasso, cheese is the same way: one can love a blue and dislike alpine. Studying art and cheese is one and the same: the artist is the cheesemaker, medium, the make, and the title, the name of the cheese. Cheese and art history also both predate written history."
-Tina Mooney, The Fox and the Crow
What makes The Fox and the Crow "The Fox and the Crow"?
Our dual model: part cut to order cheese and meat shop and part bistro. Our service: warm and genuine. We have 3 certified professional cheese mongers that are literally experts in their field and can answer your most whimsical cheese questions.
Why should people visit The Fox and the Crow?
We have well over 150 meat and cheeses from around the world...come to drool over the cheese, stay for a glass of wine, and an offering from our cheese-centric menu.
Describe the perfect visitor experience for somebody who comes into The Fox and the Crow.
A perfect visitor experience would include warm and friendly service, a top-notch wine, a magnificent cheese board, (prepared fresh from a knowledgeable monger), and ending with a visit to our cases to get a little something to go home with (other than some brand new knowledge about cheese to impress their friends with..)
What is the story behind how you started The Fox and the Crow?
I have a passion for cheese and education. I wanted to open a cheese shop that celebrated cheesemakers and be able to tell their story while supporting this very important (and delicious) art form. We thought we should also serve some gourmet sandwiches...and thus the bistro was born. Seven years and a new location later, we are still telling stories at the counter.
What is your background? Tell us about yourself leading up to this point in your life.
I grew up in NYC and have enjoyed specialty cheeses all my life (really all cheese). As an art history major, I have found there has been a parallel between cheese and art study. Art is relative, you can love Rembrandt and dislike Picasso, cheese is the same way: one can love a blue and dislike alpine. Studying art and cheese is one and the same: the artist is the cheesemaker, medium, the make, and the title, the name of the cheese. Cheese and art history also both predate written history, which I also find fascinating.
In what ways are you implementing sustainable practices into your business?
We use eco-friendly to-go containers, and use paper rather than plastic, when we can. We switched from plastic to paper straws years ago. We source a lot of our menu items locally. On a broader level we source our cheese and meat from smaller companies, and celebrate the ones who use sustainable, and sometimes organic practices.
What do you love about the Fort Collins community?
That it is truly a community. Whenever we have been in trouble, or have had success, fellow business owners and customers alike have been there for us, as we have been there for them.
What is your message to the Fort Collins community?
We are here, in a convenient midtown location to serve and find your new favorite cheese!
Fort Collins Tours, LLC
Address: 2601 S Lemay Ave, #9, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Hours of Operation: Tuesday-Thursday 11-7pm, Friday and Saturday 11-8pm