The Starter Course Collection

(Customer Reviews)

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded Cowgirl Creamery in the early 1990s, with the mission to help West Marin’s farms and dairies get their delicious products into the hands of the finest local chefs. Nearly 30 years later, Cowgirl Creamery is an icon in the industry. In 2010, Sue and Peggy were inducted into the prestigious Guilde des Fromagers. They have both also received James Beard Awards for "significant and lasting achievements and contributions to the food and beverage industry for ten or more years.

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This package includes 4 of Cowgirl Creamery’s Signature Cheeses plus more:

  • 8 oz. Mt. Tam – Cowgirl Creamery’s signature cheese that coats your tongue with a rich, buttery flavor that carries an earthy hint of white mushrooms
  • 16 oz. Humboldt Fog Mini – A stunning ash-ripened goat cheese from our sister company on California’s North Coast.
  • 8 oz. Estero Gold Reserve – Farmstead, Italian-inspired cheese extra-aged for 18 months and loaded with crystals.
  • 6 oz. Pepato – California-style Pecorino studded with peppercorns.
  • 2 oz. Prosciutto Americano
  • 4 oz. Smoked Spanish Piménton Almonds
  • 11 oz. Cornichons
  • 6 oz. Raspberry Rose Jam
  • 5 oz. Cherry & Pistachio Crisps
  • 6 oz. Cowgirl Sea Salt and Olive Oil Crackers


Contains: Dairy & Gluten

Instructions / Storage

  • Cheeses ship with gel packs, gel packs may thaw in transit
  • Expect cheese to arrive at room temperature
  • Upon arrival please refrigerate
  • Cheese is stable at room temperature, however, it is best stored in the refrigerator
  • For optimum enjoyment, please enjoy your cheese within 1-2 weeks. Soft cheeses should be enjoyed sooner

To Serve

  • Remove your cheese from the refrigerator at least an hour before serving, unwrap it, and place it on a cheese board or butcher paper
  • Cover with an inverted bowl. This allows the cheese to breathe and protect it while it comes to room temperature.

There is Mold on My Cheese!

  • Traditional cheeses are often made with natural rinds that display a variety of colorful molds and bumpy textures. These rinds protect the cheese as it ages while contributing to its unique flavor profile
  • Bacteria and mold are essential components of cheese. When cut and wrapped, molds and surface oils can develop on the face of the cheese. Simply scrape the surface with a knife to remove before serving.
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Shipping Details

  • Cowgirl Creamery ships Monday – Wednesday of each week
  • Orders cannot be shipped to P.O. Boxes
  • Orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii via 2-day will incur an additional $20 charge or $35 for Overnight Shipping. Sorry guys!
  • Have more questions about Shipping? Read our Shipping FAQ page.

Corporate Gift Orders

You can send this item to up to 15 different addresses using our regular checkout. Looking to send this item to more than 15 people? Have our Corporate Gifting Team assist you.

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Ordered 3 cheeses that were delicious as a gift. arrived on schedule.
Susan S. - Palm Beach, FL
Ordered this as a birthday gift for my sister. I loved the selection that was offered and it was delivered on the promised day with no issues.
Eileen K. - Fenwick Island, DE
Sent out on time and the family loves the cheese!
Dave D. - Wayland, MA
I sent the cheese to my niece. She said they were delicious.
Hillary S. - Cascade, CO
Swift and on time delivery. Great wrapping and presentation. Excellent thank you! was even able to track journey!
Gordon G. - East Hampton, NY
Shipping, packaging and product were all spot on!
Kelly N. - Ward, CO
This is so amazing. There are so many restaurants and stores on here that have extreme meaning to my family and remind us of my passed father so this was such a beautiful gift to be able to take us back to these moments. All from family trips that we can’t just go back to every day. This makes it so much easier to feel connected to these places again. Thank you so much for this.
Emily B. - Anaheim, CA
My son loved the selection of cheeses from cowgirl creamery. I’ve ordered several times from Gold Valley and have been very happy with each delivery.
Jeremy Y. - Kensington, MD
Cheese tasted amazing!
Kim R. - Stevenson Ranch, CA
Always the highest quality!
Roxane M. - Nampa, ID
Cowgirl creamery was good, appreciated regular updates
Sally H. - Hilton Head, SC
Delivery was as scheduled and the cheese was delicious
Megan W. - Wayne, PA
Everything was perfect. I surprised a friend originally from Petaluma, CA who still has family there. Due to COVID restrictions, she has not been able to travel. Needless to say, she was overwhelmed to have “home” brought to her. Thank you, Cowgirl Creamery!
Linda H. - Venice, FL
Arrived on time which was important since it was a birthday gift. The gift was well received and she is enjoying it.
Nancy E. - Brunswick, ME
Huge selection of items, able to send to all the employees at their home addresses, Tasty food!
Henrik B. - Los Gatos, CA
Delivered on time. Generous portions of each cheese
Kathy S. - Los Gatos, CA
Arrived on time. Packed really well, and the cheese was amazing.
Erika H. - San Antonio, TX
My friend loved the gift and said it was delicious
Lorraine A. - Brooksville, FL