About Avalanche Group
Avalanche Cheese Company was founded by Wendy Mitchell in 2008 to make artisan goat cheeses. Avalanche Cheese Company’s goat dairy is in Paonia, a two-hour drive from Aspen in the North Fork Valley, a beautiful farming, orchard and vineyard region. Goats and chickens graze on pasture on our 130-acre farm. Goats’ milk is brought to our creamery in Basalt several days a week, where our cheese-making team crafts fresh and aged cheeses. Avalanche Cheese Company has won numerous national awards including the American Cheese Society and Good Food Awards. In 2014, we added a USDA processing plant next to our creamery and began making artisanal meat products such as dry cured salumi and fresh sausages; and a bakery and commercial kitchen for breads and other items to offer at the restaurant and farmers’ markets.
Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop opened its doors in October 2014. The restaurant is part of the Avalanche Cheese Company family and is the creative effort of founder Wendy Mitchell and an amazing team of young chefs, bakers, picklers, brewers, butchers and charcutiers. We hope to offer an approachable seasonal menu and friendly, casual service. Our Farm Shop’s selection of curated specialty food and housewares fills a niche in our small town. We offer Aspen’s finest selection of specialty cheeses from America and the world; butchered meats from Western Colorado; charcuterie; fresh baked artisan bread; and fresh seafood.
Hooch opened in 2016, in the basement under Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop. Like Meat & Cheese, quality of ingredients, attention to detail and an ambience that attracts locals, industry professionals and Aspen visitors has made Hooch an instant hit. While we specialize in cocktails, we also serve craft beers on draft, wines by the glass and a small but thoughtful menu of food.