Caseus Prize - Premio Caseus
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ABOVE: More than 420 Italian cheeses made an
appearance at the second annual Caseus Prize or Premio Casio competition for the
best cheese trolley in Italy.
The Premio Caseus trophy
The Caseus Prize itself is a solid silver interpretation of a
wooden eating utensil traditionally used by shepherds. Twelve runners-up are
awarded bronze utensils. The prizes are cast from an original sculpture by
Judging criteria and
Caseus Prize competitors are judged on the variety and quality
of their trolleys' cheeses, and also on how the cheeses are presented. Many of
the more than 420 cheeses in the competition are made in small quantities by
artisans, using milk from pasture-fed animals that are milked by hand. Few are
available outside Italy, and many can be purchased only in the regions where
The competition jury is as eclectic as the cheese
selection: In 2002, judges included Italian food and wine journalists, a
vice-president of Slow Food, Italian TV personalities, and a correspondent and
gastronomy writer for the Wall Street Journal Europe.
Web links and related articles
The Associazione Nazionale Formaggi Sotto il Cielo ("The National
Association of Cheeses Under Open-Air Conditions") publishes Caseus
(Italian) and Caseus International (English), a beautifully
produced magazine of "cheese art and culture." ANOFSC sponsors the Caseus Prize
in partnership with Mondo Maratea/Gruppo
Fintur and various public entities in the Basilicata region of Italy.
Caseus Prize Photos
These pictures are among the 75 images in my
Maratea, Italy photo
Savvy Italians have long enjoyed this scenic resort on Basilicata's Tyrrhenian
Coast, which is easy to reach from Naples by car or train. Also see my articles
on the 5-star
Santavenere Hotel and the 4-star
Locanda delle Donne Monache
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