Since 2009, Fresh Curds has been exploring fresh cheese and tofu making. Elsa M. Jacobson and dear friend David Arfa focus on traditional home-style techniques to produce fresh and diverse simple cheeses. In conjunction, they explore non-dairy variations using the same techniques. They are thrilled to share the ease at which dairy can transform and they have presented how to make a range of international cheeses at numerous culinary events.
Elsa and David began cheese-making by following instructions from Dr. David Fankhauser’s cheese making webpage. After success with fresh dairy cheeses, they initiated a study of tofu-making, which uses similar techniques.
In addition to her cheese and tofu-making pursuits with David, Elsa manages a farmers market, tests recipes for a James Beard award winning website, and assists and teaches cooking classes, among other activities. During the weekdays from 9-5, David works as a cartographer for Cook County. He lives with his husband in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.