Meet Nashville’s Favorite Cheese Gal, Cortney LaCorte!

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Famed chef Anthony Bourdain once said, “You have to be a romantic to invest yourself, your money, and your time in cheese.” If that rings true, then Cortney LaCorte is one of the most romantic people we know! Long ago dubbed Cheese Gal, Cortney has made a name for herself in Nashville and beyond.

Looking to put together the best darn cheeseboard this side of the Mississippi? Debating between a Gorgonzola or a Danish Blue? Cortney is your gal. Though she recently closed her brick-and-mortar space at the Fairlane Hotel, you can look forward to watching her continue to spread her wings and her passion for all things cocktail, entertaining, and (of course) cheese-related. Please welcome Nashville’s favorite cheese gal, Cortney LaCorte!   

Please welcome this week’s FACE of Nashville, Cortney LaCorte! Image: Jennefer Wilson Hutto

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Can you tell us about your upbringing? We picture lots of cheese boards!

Growing up as the oldest of two, our house was always filled with music, food, and performances. The performances normally included me pretending to be Martha Stewart, teaching two teddy bear cameramen named Dan how to make spaghetti. Ha! Let’s just say I wasn’t ever the shy kid. Sports weren’t my thing, but anything in front of my parents’ camcorder was. Whether I was pretending to be Martha or singing in front of an audience of any size, that’s where I thrived.

As I got older, I fell in love with hosting and entertaining … and I’m talking about hosting my high school friends for a sleepover and having a snack spread that would cover the dinner table. Martha was definitely my inspiration there. Around 15 years old, my godmother, also known as “The Queen of Hosting,” taught me how to make my first cheeseboard. I’ve been making them ever since. The art of making delicious…

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