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The Gourmandise School & Straus Family Creamery Form A Culinary Partnership

Both Committed to Sustainable Organic Farming, Education and Supporting a Local Food System

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (May 14, 2019) – The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories, touted as one of the Best Cooking Schools in Los Angeles, and pioneering organic dairy brand, Straus Family Creamery, announce a partnership in which The Gourmandise School will use Straus’ minimally processed organic dairy products in its culinary classes and showcase Straus’ ecologically-minded and organic farming practices educating students about the importance of sustainable farming.

The partnership will give the Santa Monica-based cooking school’s students an opportunity to gain awareness about organic farming practices and to cook with the highest-quality dairy ingredients, including Straus’ organic European style butter, minimally processed whipping cream and milk, as they learn new cooking techniques and develop their culinary intuition.

“We are pleased that The Gourmandise School is choosing Straus Family Creamery organic dairy products in their cooking and baking classes and that they are emphasizing the importance of organic ingredients and sustainable farming practices in their classes,” said Albert Straus, founder and CEO of Straus Family Creamery. “Choosing organic ingredients when cooking not only makes a difference in the quality and taste of the food, but also has a positive impact on the planet.”

Straus Family Creamery produces certified organic dairy products that are Non-GMO Project Verified, certified kosher and gluten-free. The cows, from family farms in western Marin and Sonoma Counties, are never treated with antibiotics or hormones and graze on organic pastures. All Straus Family Creamery products are minimally processed to create the best taste and culinary experience.

“Our shared belief in using organic, sustainable dairy products highlights our common commitment to supporting local food systems,” said Gourmandise Co-Founder & Co-Owner Clémence Gossett. “Our students will be able to experience hands-on how the taste and quality of the meals created is enhanced by using such products as these.”

“The Gourmandise School has always been committed to using only the finest, locally sourced organic ingredients in our classes, workshops and pro series courses whenever possible,” said Sabrina Ironside, Co-Owner & General Manager of The Gourmandise School. “Our partnership with Straus Family Creamery solidifies this commitment and enhances our students’ experience through the use of their incredible products and the significance of the story behind them.”

Straus Family Creamery’s 85% butterfat content exceeds both American and European standards, which is also higher than almost any available. The butter has extremely low moisture, resulting in flakier crusts that rise higher and brown more evenly when baking.

The Gourmandise School invites the community to bring their sweet tooth and experience Straus Family Creamery products during their Open House Ice Cream Social  this Memorial Day, Monday, May 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., filled with demonstrations and tastings. Renowned ice cream maven Shiho Yoshikawa will demonstrate the secrets of making impossibly delicious ice cream at home using the highest quality ingredients.

All year long, The Gourmandise School hosts culinary and food educational events with their community partners including farmers, bakers, chefs and food lovers alike. As a key and integral player to the Grain Movement, The Gourmandise School is also working to propel the momentum of the SLOW Food Movement which supports sustainable farming, locally-sourced food and traditional cooking.

For more information about The Gourmandise School’s partnership with Straus Family Creamery visit

About The Gourmandise School
Consistently touted as one of the Best Cooking Schools in Los Angeles by Los Angeles MagazineLA Weekly and CBS, among others, The Gourmandise School is a recreational cooking school offering hands-on cooking classes for beginners to professionals. Focusing on teaching the classic techniques using locally sourced ingredients, the school offers baking and cooking classes, professional series and fascinating food workshops, as well as private parties and events celebrating birthdays, holidays and corporate team-building. The Gourmandise experience is designed to develop a student’s culinary intuition while creating amazing meals and desserts from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Classes are taught by instructors and industry professionals who specialize in their unique fields and are passionate about passing those techniques on to their students.

About Straus Family Creamery
Founded in 1994 and based in Marshall, CA, Straus Family Creamery is a mission-driven, family-owned-and-operated certified organic creamery dedicated to making premium organic dairy products. The company offers milk, cream, yogurt, butter, sour cream, ice cream, and a variety of wholesale and specialty organic dairy products throughout the Western United States. The creamery makes minimally-processed dairy products from organic milk supplied by family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus Dairy Farm, which is the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River. Straus Family Creamery, the first 100 percent certified organic creamery in the United States, continues to make business decisions based on its mission to help sustain family farms, revitalize rural communities, and protect the environment. The company is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. Follow Straus Family Creamery on social media to keep abreast of the anniversary celebration, as they share early accomplishments, stories, and historical photos throughout the year. Look for ways to join the conversation with the hashtag: #Straus25. Learn more about the Straus difference at


Shereen Mahnami
Director of Communications
Straus Family Creamery
707-776-2887 x2149

Christine Graves
The ACE Agency

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