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Rich Rogers’s favorite part of family meals was always after plates had been cleaned, when his Italian clan would kick back around the table and tell stories for hours on end. His grandfather, Peter Scardello, was a big part of that. Peter relayed to Rich the importance of a great meal, particularly the way it can knit family and friends together. So when Rich and Karen Rogers opened Scardello, it was only fitting that the artisan cheese shop be named after Peter. Today, Rich is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, cooking feasts for friends and family that often end with nibbles of cheese. It’s his way of keeping guests around the table long enough to swap stories, like his family did all those years ago. Scardello’s selection includes about 150 cheeses hailing from Europe and America, some from right in Texas. Though not all are farmstead cheeses, they’re all artisanal—that means handcrafted by humans, not made by machine or produced by accidentally leaving cattle in the hot sun. The cheeses rotate seasonally, but don’t worry if you don’t see the same goat cheese you grabbed last time. The shop’s happy to track your purchases, so you’ll know immediately whether your favorite’s in stock, and the staff will happily slice you a sample of any cheese in the case. That might make it a little bit easier when it comes time to order and they cut as hefty or petite a wedge as you like, straight from the wheel.

Scardello’s employees can also help customers match the perfect accompaniment with cheese, whether that means craft beer or wine, bread or crackers, or locally crafted goodies from Dude, Sweet Chocolate. For those who’d rather do it themselves, there are various classes available. These might involve anything from exploring the basics of cheesemaking to addressing the question of whether beer or wine goes better with certain cheeses—an age-old debate that brings most dairy-farm-family reunions to a heated end.

3511 Oak Lawn Ave
Dallas,
TX
US

Today’s Groupon honors the sacred ode to dairy with $25 worth of globe-traveling cheeses from Molto Formaggio for $10. Round out your holiday shopping list or elevate your daily snacks with sophisticated slices and choice chunks.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.

6025 Royal Ln
Dallas,
TX
US

Sharon Meehan conceived Ham I Am! out of a love and a passion for good food and a committment to sell only the very best. We decided good meats should have a tasty condiment to go alongside of them, so we came up with HOGWASH, and rarely ship a ham without a jar of HOGWASH to accompany it.

17618 Davenport Rd
Dallas,
TX
US

FreshBerry serves only authentic, true yogurt made from real dairy milk and natural ingredients. Our yogurt is Gluten Free, & Orthodox Union Certified Kosher. Not after a yogurt, try a natural fruit and yogurt smoothie for a great meal on the go, or grab a fruit FreshPop for a quick treat on the run.

8084 Park Ln
Dallas,
TX
US

Central Market cooking schools enlightens the epicurean masters of tomorrow with instruction from the gourmet gurus of today, having previously hosted guest instructors such as the renowned Cat Cora and Mario Batali. Meal mentors post classes in both Fort Worth and Southlake every four to six weeks, usually providing 26–30 options per month. Whether it's your first time holding a skillet or you're looking to polish your sushi skills after finally discovering how to uncook fish, Central Market provides coaching for every experience level. Curious foodies can peruse an array of informative options, including sharpening your knife skills ($55), making indulgent desserts ($45), creating vegetarian dinners ($55), and fine-tuning a soufflé filled with an event horizon. Running roughly 2.5 hours each, sessions are offered most days of the week. Most hands-on classes can accommodate about 18, while demonstration classes can accommodate up to 48, depending on location. See Central Market's frequently asked questions page for more information.

5750 Lovers Lane
Dallas,
TX
US

From its humble beginnings as a single Austin store in 1980, Whole Foods Market has grown into a gleaming and organic grocery empire, comprised of healthful mega-marts that lean toward all things natural. From the extensive selection of organic produce to grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, sustainable seafood and a wide array of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free specialty products, anyone familiar with the concept of globally-conscious living would be happy to get their shopping done inside. At this Lakewood location, Dallas hippies both young and hold can fawn over tofu ice cream, environmentally-friendly cleaning products and endless vitamin supplements, spanned across long, well-stocked aisles inside the airy and inviting space. Best of all, this Whole Foods boasts its own in-store bar, where shoppers can enjoy a local craft beer or fill up a growler on their way home.

2118 Abrams Rd
Dallas,
TX
US