Lucy’s Whey: Sourcing Exceptional Cheese with an All-American Cheese Shop

VideoBy Liza de Guia on May 1, 2011
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“I get to curate the selection at Lucy’s Whey. If it wasn’t one of my favorites, it wouldn’t be there. So, when people ask me about my favorite cheese, it’s a tricky question.”

Meet Amy Thompson, the head cheesemonger at Lucy’s Whey, a small, charming little cheese shop tucked into New York City’s Chelsea Market and on North Main Street in East Hampton, Long Island. Lucy’s Whey is pretty focused when it comes to cheese. At their counters, you won’t find cheese that crosses the continents with obscure names from far-away places; instead, you’ll find a special, curated selection of cheeses made from our own homeland: America.

Amy and owner, Lucy Kazickas, stock their cheese cases with only local American cheese, cheese they believe in, cheese they want their customers to appreciate as much as they do a good Italian Piave or a French Camembert. To them, local, artisan and farmstead cheeses can be as satisfying and as unique in flavor as any imported cheese – if curated correctly, of course. And, the curation of cheese, well, let’s just call it their specialty.¬†

Lucy’s Whey goes the extra mile to do their research on the rotating selection of cheeses they decide to carry. They travel to small towns, out-of-the-way farms and rural creameries to taste and source their cheeses first hand. Learning about the cheesemakers and their production process is an important step to being a good cheesemonger. So, during a recent trip to a new creamery, I asked Amy if I could join in. Take a peek as we tour Calkins Creamery in the Pocono/Catskill region of Pennsylvania to taste Noble Road and Old Man Highlander.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy Eating!


  1. Amy says:

    This was such a fun trip! It’s so crazy to think there was snow on the ground just a month ago, springtime is magical. Thanks everyone for watching, come by Lucy’s Whey for some cheese!

  2. Thank you Liza! This is a wonderful video – and not just because our Amy is one of the stars! You really captured, in a short time, the life of a cheesemaker and the fun we cheesemongers have when we go to the farms and meet these artisans. There was a very peaceful feeling – the animals looked healthy and happy, the cheesemaker was calm, the cheeses looked content on their shelves – a perfect setting for a great cheese!

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  4. I’m gland to see Lucy’s Whey goes the extra mile to do their research on the rotating selection of cheeses they decide to carry. I have actually been to the store in East Hampton.

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