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Ten:One brings artisan cheese to Denton

Ten:One brings artisan cheese to Denton

Ten:One brings artisan cheese to Denton
October 11
09:00 2018

Denton locals, cheese lovers and beer enthusiasts rejoice. Ten:One is a new artisan cheese shop slated to open this weekend.

Located at 515 S. Locust St., formerly Everyday Nectar’s space, certified cicerone Justin Bonard is bringing his passion for both beer and cheese together to create new and exciting pairings with the help of some local businesses.

“First and foremost, we’ll be a retail space for cheese,” Bonard said. “You can come in, check it out and taste a bunch of stuff, and it’s going to be cut to order. It’s not going to be pre-packaged stuff you see everywhere else. Even though we’re only going to have 50 cheeses to start with, they’re not cheeses you see in the grocery stores.”

Ten:One’s name is a play on words based off needing 10 pounds of milk to make one pound of cheese. They first began when Bonard was working in Dallas and was able to get acquainted with cheese shops there. As a beer specialist, he was able to find parallels between craft beers and artisan cheeses.

“I found that I didn’t know a lot about artisan cheese but that I was able to appreciate it,” Bonard said. “I’ve got a pretty strong palate, so I could see the differences and really developed an appreciation for it, and I didn’t want to drive to Dallas for a good cheese.”

For about two years, Bonard thought of opening his own cheese shop in Denton and creating a different experience than those found in Dallas.

“I thought one of the problems in the shops in Dallas is there’s no place to hang out,” Bonard said. “They have wasted space or don’t have any at all. There’s no reason why we can’t have a nice retail format and still have five or six tables.”

Bonard opened the shop for a variety of reasons: from demand and interest to accessibility in Denton.

“We’re seeing a really rapidly growing appreciation for food, beer and wine in Denton,” Bonard said. “We have seen that over the past decade, especially [for] craft beer and artisan cheese. I think people are ready for the experience, and I think people might try it out as a novelty at first, but I’m also hearing a lot of people say, ‘Oh cool, I don’t have to drive to Dallas for good cheese anymore.’”

Bonard also believes it is the locals’ love for the niche that makes his shop fit right in.

“Denton has always had a little bit of love for the eclectic,” Bonard said. “Denton likes having an ice cream shop on the Square    having a record store, having a bookstore that smells like wet paper. We like all these things. Having interesting people that work there at all these places and having knowledgeable, friendly people who these local businesses really help set Denton apart in a lot of ways.”

Bonard said his shop is “eclectic” and a little out of the ordinary.

With the Denton vibes and local business in mind, Bonard teamed up with Ravelin Bakery to create bread and cheese pairings for his shop.

“They make the best bread,” Bonard said. “I’ve been a fan of theirs since I moved to Denton 15 years ago. I mentioned it to them, [that] I was interested in opening a cheese shop and was curious if we could do something with their bread, and they said yes.”

At Ten:One, patrons can expect Ravelin Bakery’s French bread as well as some specialty breads, such as white chocolate lemon bread, for pairings plus in-house jams, sauces and nuts.

However, partnering with local businesses does not stop with Ravelin Bakery. Bonard is also currently working with Paschall Bar to provide cheeseboards in collaboration for its seventh anniversary on Oct. 11.

The blue cheese currently in Ten:One Artisan Cheese’s fridge. Emily Olkkola

“The plan is for me to taste their cocktail and come up with a cheeseboard for it,” Bonard said. “It’ll be on a smaller scale, so I may only send over 10 boards. But if the manager calls me at 7 o’clock or 8 o’clock and says, ‘Hey dude, we’re out of those 10. Can we get 10 more?’ I will make them 10 more.”

Many are excited for cheese that is not found in a Krogers, Whole Foods or Central Markets. History junior Ethan Chunn is already looking forward to having dinner parties in the future.

“Honestly it’s pretty exciting,” Chunn said. “Who doesn’t love cheese? I love a charcuterie tray and artisanal cheese is an important part of that.”

Others are excited specifically for the fact that it is Bonard running the shop, such as Alex Taliaferro, a 25-year-old patron services manager at WaterTower Theatre and a frequent patron of East Side bar where Bonard previously worked.

“Bonard is just a good person who is also great at his job,” Taliaferro said. “I think that’s why he is the favorite for a lot of people. It’s cheese and beer — a pairing made in heaven — and I know it’s run by a good guy. Justin is just as much of a pull in this community as the products he’ll be selling.”

Ten:One, is set to have an English pub vibe with three tables, which can seat up to 10 people, as well as high-top chairs. While Bonard is still waiting on the alcohol license, as well renovations on the flooring and sign for the shop, he is hoping to be open for retail business to sell his cheeses this weekend.

“It’s all about the cheese first, then we’ll figure out how we’ll make everything work,” Bonard said.

Later Bonard and his staff will help patrons in selecting cheeses, breads and beers for pairings to make it personalized to each individual’s preferences.

“Most people are way into cheese,” Bonard said. “People who enjoy it but haven’t experienced the full spectrum and really seen what’s out there, can realize that it’s a really fun experience.”

Featured Image: Owner of Ten:One Artisan Cheese Justin Bonard holds up a wheel of Alp Blossom cheese. Emily Olkkola

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  1. Don the Juan
    Don the Juan October 27, 19:45

    Yum! Really enjoyed the cheeses- especially the challerhocker (I think that is how you spell it!). The roasted hazel nuts and delicious fresh bread really paired well with the cheeses.

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