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Giveaway: $300 worth of Imported Cheeses from Sam’s Club!

Back in May, I traveled to Italy with Sam’s Club cheese buyers to help them select some new, imported cheeses for their clubs.  Well, now Sam’s Club expects to offer these newly selected, imported cheeses in more than 150 clubs late this fall.  The additional products will include both regular and special seasonal items to complement Sam’s Club domestic cheese offering, which includes sliced deli cheese as well as hard and soft cheeses.  So to celebrate their new offerings, I’m helping Sam’s give away a sample package of 21 of their new cheeses- imported varieties & a few domestic- about a $300 value!

These are the cheeses that will be sent to you if you win this giveaway:
Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Maytag Blue
Ilchester Blue Stilton
Ilchester Wensleydale with Autumn Fruits
Ilchester Lemon Stilton
Kerrygold Red Leicester
Kerrygold Blarney Castle
Kerrygold Salted Butter
Mario Batali Iberico
Kolios Greek Feta
Alpenhaus Raclette
Auricchio Stravecchio Provolone
Monti Trentini Asiago Vecchio
Vincent Gouda
Rembrandt Gouda
Da Vinci
Parrano
President Comte
President Goat Logs
Fromager D’Affinois
Applewood Smoked Cheddar Wedges

Sam’s is working hard to be the “go-to” place for quality cheeses.  Their cheese buyers actually traveled all over Europe and toured cheese factories on a mission to select the best new cheeses.  You’ll find many of these cheeses in Gourmet Cheese shops but they’re sold for astronomical prices there.  Sam’s Club is all about making these cheeses accessible to its members at affordable prices.

I was able to taste quite a few of these cheeses, most of which I’d never had before.

Both the Auricchio Stravecchio Provolone and the Monti Trentini Asiago Vecchio are cheeses that I had the opportunity to taste in the factories of Italy.  The Asiago is perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches, and the Provolone is a more mild version than any I’ve tasted before.  I’m crazy about both of them.

I loved the Kolios Greek Feta- it hardly compares to the already-crumbled kind of feta- I chopped it into chunks and made Greek Omelettes.  So good.

I also thought the Mario Batali Iberico (from Spain) was excellent.  It’s a nice choice for a cheese tray, and I shredded it for tacos too.

The Maytag Blue and the Ilchester Blue Stilton are both fabulous for crumbling into salads.

My absolute favorite was the Fromager D’Affinois.  I ADORED this cheese.  It’s a French double-cream, soft cheese- similar to Brie.  I served this at a party with crackers and raspberry jalapeno jam and it was to…die…for!  See how creamy it is?… oh, yummy.

Giveaway Details- You must have a USA mailing address to enter this giveaway. You may leave up to three comments below as entries for this giveaway.

1.  1st entry: Leave a comment below (one comment per person, please) telling me what cheeses you’re excited to try… and what you would do w/ such a treasure trove of cheese!

2.  2nd entry: If you’re a RecipeGirl subscriber, you may leave a 2nd comment- telling me that you’re a subscriber.  If you’re not a subscriber, you may subscribe using one of the methods in the upper right-hand column.

3.  3rd entry: Follow www.Twitter.com/RecipeGirl on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and let me know you’ve tweeted.

This giveaway ends on Sunday evening, Sept. 12th- the winner will be selected randomly via www.random.org I’ll contact the winner on Monday morning, who will have 72 hours to return my email and claim this prize.  The cheeses will be shipped overnight to the winner.

This giveaway is now closed! The winner (chosen randomly via random.org) is commenter & subscriber #269: Ann Miller-Tobin, who said, “I would def want to try the applewood smoked cheddar to make some bacon tomato cheese panini sandwiches for sure. Also the feta for salads. If I won all those cheeses it would be a huge reason to break open the wine cellar have friends over and taste…taste…taste!” Well, Ann… you’ll get a chance to have that wine & cheese party! Congratulations :) I’ll be contacting you via email to get your mailing address. Thanks to all for entering!

If you’re interested in knowing more about cheese availability in a Sam’s Club near you, ask your club manager about what brands they’re carrying and when they expect these new cheeses to arrive in their club.

If you’d like to read about my Italian cheese tours, you can visit them here:
Tour of a Gorgonzola Cheese Factory
Tour of an Asiago Cheese Factory
Tour of a Provolone Cheese Factory
Tour of a Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Factory (coming in Oct…)

Disclosure notice: I’m currently under contract with Sam’s Club to write about cheese, entertaining, and recipes.  Honest opinions and observations are always shared.

509 Responses to “Giveaway: $300 worth of Imported Cheeses from Sam’s Club!”

  1. postedSep 9, 2010 3:24 AM

    I love Brie so I’m excited to try the Fromager D’Affinois. If I won I would have to have a wine & cheese party with my friends.

  2. postedSep 9, 2010 3:26 AM

    I’m a subscriber! I could really go for some apples & cheese.

  3. postedSep 9, 2010 3:42 AM

    The applewood smoked cheddar! That is my most favorite cheese.

  4. postedSep 9, 2010 3:50 AM
    Scarlett bendixen

    Aplewood smoked cheddar sounds amazing. Would absolutely love to win this

  5. postedSep 9, 2010 4:19 AM
    Jen C.

    I’d love to try the Maytag Blue!

  6. postedSep 9, 2010 4:20 AM
    Jen C.

    I’m also a subscriber!

  7. postedSep 9, 2010 4:39 AM

    I pick the gouda. What would I do with all that cheese? I would gain 20 lbs because I would eat every single piece of it with pleasure. I love cheese!

  8. postedSep 9, 2010 4:46 AM

    I adore cheese, especially Stilton, so the Ilchester Lemon Stilton sounds heavenly!

  9. postedSep 9, 2010 5:13 AM
    Emily

    Oh, I’m so excited to try the stilton! I’ve never had it before, but have always wanted to! I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. If I won, I would throw the BIGGEST wine/beer & cheese party my friends have EVER seen!

  10. postedSep 9, 2010 5:13 AM
    rebecca

    I would love to make a fancy grilled cheese sandwich with the Applewood Smoked Cheddar Wedges!

  11. postedSep 9, 2010 5:14 AM
    Emily

    I’m a subscriber to your blog via my Google Reader! I LOVE THAT READER! I’d never keep up with all my food blogs without it!

  12. postedSep 9, 2010 5:15 AM
    rebecca

    I am an rss subscriber.

  13. postedSep 9, 2010 5:29 AM
    Joyce Pack

    I would be anxious to try ALL of them. And, if I won, I would definitely host a wine and cheese tasting. Yum, yum!!

  14. postedSep 9, 2010 5:30 AM
    Sandra

    I love ALL Kinds of Cheeses!!

  15. postedSep 9, 2010 5:30 AM
    Sandra

    I am a subscriber and love all your receipes! This give away is great!

  16. postedSep 9, 2010 5:37 AM
    Ella

    I would love to try the Fromager D’Affinois. I have a dessert recipe that uses brie and I would love to see how this worked in its place!

  17. postedSep 9, 2010 5:38 AM
    Dawn

    The Applewood Smoked Cheddar Wedges, Kerrygold Blarney Castle and Kolios Greek Feta all sound wonderful! I would be thrilled to win the cheeses. The list sounds awesome. I would have to share it by throwing a cheese party for my friends and family.

  18. postedSep 9, 2010 5:39 AM

    All of them!! Seriously, we all love cheese here and would go nuts if we won this. :)

  19. postedSep 9, 2010 5:42 AM

    I’m a subscriber

  20. postedSep 9, 2010 5:44 AM
    Ella

    I am a subscriber via Google Reader…Keep all the great food stuff coming!

  21. postedSep 9, 2010 5:49 AM
    Kelley

    Oh my god, this is the best giveaway ever! I can’t wait to try the Kerrygold ones and the Applewood Smoked Cheddar Wedges!

  22. postedSep 9, 2010 5:50 AM
    Kelley

    I subscribe via rss!

  23. postedSep 9, 2010 5:50 AM
    Kelley

    I tweeted about this giveaway (@gfcookiegirl)!

  24. postedSep 9, 2010 6:00 AM

    Mario Batali Iberico is a great cheese i tasted it when i was at Barcelona…. Great giveaway

  25. postedSep 9, 2010 6:01 AM

    OH holy God, how can I decide? I desperately want those applewood smoked cheddar wedges to put in the middle of burgers so they’ll get all ooey gooey. With bacon…

  26. postedSep 9, 2010 6:01 AM

    I’m a subscriber via Bloglines.

  27. postedSep 9, 2010 6:03 AM
  28. postedSep 9, 2010 6:04 AM

    My family is all CRAZY about cheese–we’d have a big cheese tasting party and I’d put them in the kids school lunches! No fair saving it all for the big folks. :-)

  29. postedSep 9, 2010 6:06 AM

    I tweeted about this giveaway (@nostimiablog)

  30. postedSep 9, 2010 6:07 AM

    I’m a subscriber to your blog via my Google homepage!

  31. postedSep 9, 2010 6:15 AM
    Robin

    I’d pick the Maytag Blue because it sounds unique. I’d have fun hosting a gathering with all of these cheeses – my friends would enjoy it.

  32. postedSep 9, 2010 6:20 AM
    Janna

    Mmm! Rembrandt Gouda sounds like it would be awesome. I’d throw my first cheese-tasting party if I won!

  33. postedSep 9, 2010 6:20 AM
    Janna

    I’m also a Google subscriber! :-)

  34. postedSep 9, 2010 6:27 AM

    What a fabulous adventure you’ve had. I’d love any of those cheeses, but blue cheese in particular is a favorite, so that blue stilton would win me over – and the iberico and the fromage d’affinois.

  35. postedSep 9, 2010 6:29 AM
    Darla

    The Asiago cheese for me!

  36. postedSep 9, 2010 6:29 AM
    Darla

    I am a subscriber too!

  37. postedSep 9, 2010 6:40 AM

    Yum! I LOVE cheese! And I’d love to try the applewood smoked cheddar. We’d most definitely have to throw a party with this much cheese!

  38. postedSep 9, 2010 6:40 AM
    Janelle

    I’m a simple girl. I’d love to try to Applewood smoked cheddar.

  39. postedSep 9, 2010 6:41 AM
    Janelle

    I already subscribe to you in Google Reader.

  40. postedSep 9, 2010 6:41 AM
    Jen

    I love cheese and I also love entertaining, I would throw a happy hour at my house featuring my new cheese and vino!!!!!

  41. postedSep 9, 2010 6:42 AM
    Jen

    I also just became a subscriber!

  42. postedSep 9, 2010 6:52 AM
    Ali

    Ilchester Wensleydale with Autumn Fruits — anything with fruit and I’m there.
    Ilchester Lemon Stilton – I love lemon so this could be lovely.

    Applewood Smoked Cheddar Wedges – Smoked cheddar is a favorite of mine, so I know I’d love this.

    Goat logs – I make a really taste chocolate truffle made with goat cheese so this would go in that. :)

    I’m a wisconsin girl, I love all cheese!

  43. postedSep 9, 2010 6:52 AM
    Ali

    #2, I am also a subscriber

  44. postedSep 9, 2010 6:54 AM
    Ali

    #3 – I tweeted this giveaway (@aliwicious on twitter)

  45. postedSep 9, 2010 6:59 AM
    Janelle

    Okay, I tweeted you, too!

  46. postedSep 9, 2010 7:04 AM
    A Boston Food Diary

    I have always loved Gouda- both of the ones listed look amazing! I think that those would be the most exciting- though it’s cheese- can you really pick one over another?

    It’s funny- we’re planning to throw an “End of Season” party in a few weeks-this amount of cheese would absolutely make it something to talk about!

  47. postedSep 9, 2010 7:06 AM

    I’d love to try them all, as I love cheese..but the Lemon Stilton stands out the most.

  48. postedSep 9, 2010 7:09 AM

    I’ve subscribed to your feed..can’t wait to read more often!

  49. postedSep 9, 2010 7:09 AM

    I also retweeted on twitter @bakedbybeth

  50. postedSep 9, 2010 7:11 AM

    Oh. My. Stars. I am drooling!

  51. postedSep 9, 2010 7:12 AM

    I’d love to try all of them of course–but the goudas are calling to me!

  52. postedSep 9, 2010 7:12 AM
    Jessica

    Yum! I would love to try the creamy Fromager D’Affinois and the Auricchio Stravecchio Provolone. Enjoying a cheese party plate with a variety of new cheeses and a glass of wine with my hubby on the porch sounds like the perfect evening!

  53. postedSep 9, 2010 7:13 AM

    I’m already a subscriber. :)

  54. postedSep 9, 2010 7:13 AM
    April in CT

    Oh wow, the Fromager D’Affinois looks fantastic!!! I’d love to try that one out. If I won this would be AWESOME to share with family when they come visit during the next few months. I’d have a cheese party!!

  55. postedSep 9, 2010 7:13 AM
    Jessica

    Bring on the cheese! I’m also a subscriber!

  56. postedSep 9, 2010 7:13 AM

    And I tweeted this, too. Count me in again!

  57. postedSep 9, 2010 7:14 AM
    April in CT

    I subscribe to your blog!

  58. postedSep 9, 2010 7:14 AM

    Tweeted, too: http://twitter.com/elleskitchen/status/24012933258

    Thanks for the chance!

  59. postedSep 9, 2010 7:19 AM

    I want to try them ALL! But, I love a good grilled cheese sandwich so that one is at the top of the list :)

  60. postedSep 9, 2010 7:19 AM
    Dawn

    Yummmmmmmmm! They all sound delicious, but I’m a new convert to goat cheese, so I think I’d be most excited about the President Goat Logs. And if I win the giveaway, I’m definitely planning a wine and cheese party to share the goodness!!

  61. postedSep 9, 2010 7:19 AM
    Dawn

    I am also a subscriber to your feed on Google!

  62. postedSep 9, 2010 7:21 AM
  63. postedSep 9, 2010 7:21 AM

    Since I love fruit and cheese together, I am excited about the Ilchester Wensleydale with Autumn Fruits.

  64. postedSep 9, 2010 7:22 AM
    Daryl Callahan

    I love asiago so would love to try Monti Trentini Asiago Vecchio. I work at a hospital and would bring some of my winnings to share with the staff and patients

  65. postedSep 9, 2010 7:22 AM

    I also follow in my Reader

  66. postedSep 9, 2010 7:22 AM

    I follow on Twitter as fink_girl

  67. postedSep 9, 2010 7:24 AM
    Sara

    Maytag Blue with some local San Diego figs sound pretty fabulous to me! My supper club will benifit from the winning cheeses!

  68. postedSep 9, 2010 7:33 AM

    Mmm, the provolone and fets cheeses you described sound awesome. I’d put the feta on a salad and the provolone? Hmm, maybe in some lasagna with homemade noodles!

  69. postedSep 9, 2010 7:35 AM

    I’ve subscribed!

  70. postedSep 9, 2010 7:43 AM
    Kelly

    I’m excited to try the Fromager D’Affinois, because I love Brie. If I won I would have to have a dinner party to taste everything!

  71. postedSep 9, 2010 7:43 AM
    Kelly

    I am a subscriber!

  72. postedSep 9, 2010 7:53 AM

    Ooooh, the Fromager D’Affinois looks AWESOME! I love cheese and Provolone is my favorite. It is so hard to find it in blocks and not pre-sliced around here. If I won, I would die happy! (Probably from a lactose overdose) :)

  73. postedSep 9, 2010 7:53 AM

    I am a long-time subscriber!

  74. postedSep 9, 2010 8:05 AM
    Jenn

    Wow! I would love to taste each and every one at a wine & cheese pairing party with fun friends!

  75. postedSep 9, 2010 8:05 AM
    Megan Jorgensen

    I’d love to try the Kerrygold Blarney Castle and the Kerrygold Salted Butter. The salted butter cheese sounds sinful! I’m an Iowa girl, so Maytag Blue is another favorite :) If I were to win, I’d have a wine and cheese party, so I can share with friends and spread the word about all the great cheeses you’re giving away and your blog!

  76. postedSep 9, 2010 8:05 AM
    Megan Jorgensen

    I’m a subscriber via Google Reader :)

  77. postedSep 9, 2010 8:08 AM
    Lauren

    I’d be most excited about trying the Iberico. I love spanish cheese so I’d probably just eat it with some spanish chorizo.

  78. postedSep 9, 2010 8:09 AM
    Lauren

    I subscribe!

  79. postedSep 9, 2010 8:09 AM

    The applewood smoked cheddar sounds incredible! We love cheese in our house so it all wouldn’t last long!!

  80. postedSep 9, 2010 8:09 AM

    I’m a subscriber!

  81. postedSep 9, 2010 8:16 AM

    Oh my! The Fromage D’Affinois looks amazing, so that is where I would gravitate first. But I would have to share and have a wine and cheese party!

  82. postedSep 9, 2010 8:17 AM

    I currently subscribe to RecipeGirl ;)

  83. postedSep 9, 2010 8:17 AM

    Wow! Maytag blue and the goudas! Blue for dressings and gouda in an omelette. :)

    BTW, we were just in Sam’s this past weekend and I was salivating over their selection of cheeses and I told my husband about your travels and Sam’s Club’s goal to get wonderful cheeses from around the world. He was very impressed. :)

  84. postedSep 9, 2010 8:17 AM

    I subscribe via Google Reader. :)

  85. postedSep 9, 2010 8:19 AM
  86. postedSep 9, 2010 8:19 AM
    Becky T

    Oh, we love cheese at our house! We already love blue cheese & feta and would be so excited to try some new ones. YUM!

  87. postedSep 9, 2010 8:20 AM

    I’m a RecipeGirl subscriber!

  88. postedSep 9, 2010 8:22 AM

    And for my first tweet of the day I RT’d this on Twitter! I’m excited!

  89. postedSep 9, 2010 8:26 AM
    Amy

    Would love to try the Ilchester Blue Stilton! I am a cheese addict!

  90. postedSep 9, 2010 8:26 AM
    Amy

    I am also a subscriber!

  91. postedSep 9, 2010 8:29 AM

    First I think I’d have a cheese party!! Then I think I would have some great recipes to use all those wonderful cheeses…Mmmmm!

  92. postedSep 9, 2010 8:30 AM

    I’m also a subscriber.

  93. postedSep 9, 2010 8:31 AM
    Julie Davis

    All of them look fantastic but I am a huge gouda fan so this would be my first pick
    Vincent Gouda

  94. postedSep 9, 2010 8:33 AM
    Julie Davis

    I just subscribed by email

  95. postedSep 9, 2010 8:33 AM

    I am a subscriber. Thanks for the chance to win!

  96. postedSep 9, 2010 8:34 AM
    Lynnette

    i’m a provolone lover so the Auricchio Stravecchio Provolone intrigues these tastebuds. :-)

  97. postedSep 9, 2010 8:36 AM

    Great giveaway! I would love to try the Goudas and love all the Kerrygold cheeses. If I win, I see a wine and cheese party in my future!

  98. postedSep 9, 2010 8:37 AM
    Scott Snyder

    Any cheese I can use on bruschetta the applewood smoked chedder sounds fantastic. And for those of us on WW it’s a great snack for few points.

  99. postedSep 9, 2010 8:38 AM

    Definitely the Fromager D’Affinois. I love French creams, I could eat it all in one sitting!

  100. postedSep 9, 2010 8:39 AM
    Lynnette

    subscriber and must say…it boggles my mind on the number of cheeses out there. :-) oh and faithful Sams Club shopper too. hehe

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