(Photo by Kathy Tran)

(Photo by Kathy Tran)

Neighborhood entrepreneurs fill a culinary gap

A charcuterie plate with olives. (Photo by Kathy Tran)

A charcuterie plate with olives. (Photo by Kathy Tran)

Oak Cliff’s culinary scene broadens all the time, but one thing that’s been missing for a long time: Cheese.

It’s no longer necessary to cross the river for a decadent French brie or a wedge of good parm. Cheese and Chutney is your fledgling neighborhood cheese monger.

It’s the dream of Jeff and Chitra Foster of Winnetka Heights.

They returned to Texas from California a few years ago and originally had the idea to raise sheep and make cheese. But when they discovered a lack of high-end cheese shops in Dallas, that idea evolved into a retail venture.

Chitra kept her job as a fulltime project manager. And Jeff, who recently obtained an accounting degree from the University of Texas at Arlington, runs the cheese shop fulltime.

They modeled their shop after their favorite Claremont, Calif. cheese purveyor, the Cheese Cave.

The Fosters love cheese, and they want everyone to have it. They welcome people who know cheese and those who aren’t sure what to expect — they’ll let you taste anything.

“We don’t know everything about cheese,” Chitra says. “We don’t pretend to know everything. This is a no-judgment zone.”

Did you know: Cheese and Chutney recently obtained a to-go beer and wine permit and offers a selection of local craft beers and a few of their favorite wines.

Cheese and Chutney
Ambiance: Culinary boutique
Hours: 1-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday,
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday,
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday
1318 W. Davis St.