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Why Small Businesses Matter in New Canaan: La dame du Fromage

Why Small Businesses Matter

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You're IT La dame du Fromage!

Four questions with Erin Hedley, founder of La dame du Fromage.

Why did you start your business?

After learning about the incredible world of fine, artisanal cheeses in a class in New York City back in 2004, I developed my knowledge and trained at Artisanal Premium Cheese Center so that I could share my passion for this amazing food with everyone. I eventually was hired by APC where I developed cheese collections for fine retailers and became an instructor teaching wine and cheese tasting classes.

What is your best-selling product/service?

My cheese and charcuterie boards, my wine and cheese tasting events, and ZOOM tastings.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?

Darien Cheese and Fine Foods, Plum Plums Cheese, The Roger Sherman Inn, New Canaan Wine Merchants, Walter Stewart's Market.

Have you re-imagined your small business?

Yes, with the onset of COVID, obviously people weren't having parties or doing events. I had to start doing individual serving cheese boxes and then with the explosion of ZOOM, I did a lot of private wine and cheese tastings for companies who wanted a way to entertain their clients...but now this was all done in the comfort of their homes. And, I don't see this trend necessarily going away even after the pandemic is "over."

Erin would like to nominate Beth Dwyer's Travel World to be featured next!

La dame du Fromage is located at 53 Oak Street in New Canaan. Visit La dame du Fromage online here, and make sure to check out their Facebook page as well!

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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