Lupo Atelier is our newest stall at market, selling handmade dairy-free nut based cheese. We thought we would properly introduce Anna and her vegan cheese alternative to all you lovely market-goers.
Anna has always had a love of cheese. She spent 10 years living in France, while there she spent a lot of time visiting the many small artisan cheese shops scattered throughout the beautiful, food loving nation.
Her love grew into curiosity and she decided to learn the art of cheese making for herself. She learnt the basics from books at first, and then on a small organic farm in south Otago. Anna was even lucky enough to learn some traditional recipes from a passionate cheesemaker in a remote polish village.
Anna’s venture into the world of vegan cheese making happened a few years ago when she decided to transition to a plant-based, vegan diet. This created a problem as traditional cheese is certainly not vegan, so Anna had to find a substitute. She spent time trying alternatives but was often dissatisfied with the lack of options, taste and the fact that they were all heavily-processed. Also concerning was that most vegan cheeses are imported from Europe, therefore having a large carbon footprint. Meanwhile, Anna was doing a lot of experimenting with her own cooking. This eventually led her into using plant milks and blended nuts as cheese making alternatives; she found that they didn’t compromise on taste or quality. Anna felt that she needed to share her new beautiful creations with her friends and family and eventually Lupo Atelier was born.
Lupo Atelier’s small batch vegan cheese alternatives are made by hand, with love. They ensure only the best quality ingredients; using organic fair-trade almonds or cashews, organic herbs and spices and all ingredients are ethically sourced.
Lupo Atelier’s nut-based cheese alternatives are free of animal products, gluten and preservatives. They are high in minerals, vitamin E, heart-healthy unsaturated fats and rich in protein, and they are truly yummy!
We asked Anna what her cheeses pair well with and like any passionate food lover her answers made our stomachs jump for joy. Anna says,
“We love the simple pleasure of eating! Just grab a freshly baked baguette, our creamy almond cheese, olives, and of course a good red wine! Or you can make bruschetta with our cashew-based cumin cheese, caramelised onions and pickled gherkins. We also have a meltable mozzarella alternative that is great on pizza! Our cashew-based feta alternative goes marvellously well on grilled asparagus or spinach.”
Anna’s passion for her vegan cheeses is clearly evident, she truly believes that plant-based diet without the use of any animal products is healthy, tasty and should be enjoyed by every food lover! Her cheeses are handcrafted with love and respect, and really are little works of art. We can’t wait to see her at the market and are so happy that she has joined us.
Lupo Atelier is based in Sumner, New Zealand, but you can find us every weekend at the Lyttelton Farmers Market & Opawa Farmers Market and from now on at the Christchurch Farmers Market.