Welcome The Cheese Traveler - a cheese lover's paradise!


We proudly welcome The Cheese Traveler to our growing family of specialty retailers featuring Essendorfer sauces and pestos. The Cheese Traveler is a specialty cheese shop located in the heart of the DelSo district in Albany, New York, known for its funky shops, fine restaurants, art galleries and film theater. The business grew from a farmers-market presence into a destination for cheese, complementary foods, local meats, beer, wine and cider.

Mary Rizzo, who has a background in product development, retail sales and event planning is at the helm, bringing her customers a unique taste experience from local farms and producers from around the globe. Once she tasted the creative flavors of Essendorfer at the Specialty Food show she was captivated, knowing the culinary taste explosions would enhance her exceptional lineup of cheeses.

A destination in itself, we hope your travels will soon bring you to The Cheese Traveler to experience this cheese lover’s paradise. Check their website for upcoming events like cheese tastings, fondue and raclette parties, chef demos and special dinners.

The Cheese Traveler

540 Delaware Avenue

Albany, New York



Gundlach Bundschu to feature the flavors of Essendorfer with their award winning wines!

We are so excited to share the news that representatives from Gundlach Bundschu found us at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and were so enthralled with the flavors of Essendorfer, that they’ve decided to feature them with their highly acclaimed wines. A six-generation family business with German ancestry, they share a common bond with Essendorfer Genussschmelzerei of Bavaria with a dedication to a strong work ethic and commitment to family that helps them endure and prevail.

We hope that when your travels bring you to Northern California, you will allow yourself some time to relax your soul and enjoy a winery tour of Gundlach Bundschu and sample some of the best wines in this region.


Gundlach Bundschu Tasting Room

Welcome Solvang Flavors!


Solvang Flavors in Solvang, California will soon be displaying the flavors of Essendorfer Genussschmelzerei in their beautiful new shop in the quaint Danish Village near Santa Barbara. They are affiliated with Solvang Olive Press, located across the street, offering high quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Solvang Flavors is a cafe with gelato and tasting room offering a menu of tastings of high end specialty foods, including a dozen different flavors of Essendorfer sauces and pestos.

We hope that when your travels bring you to the Central Coast of California, you will stop by Solvang Flavors and the Solvang Olive Press and enjoy some of their tempting offerings.

Welcome our newest retailer - Spirits & Spice

Whether you’re hungering for the excitement and nightlife of Las Vegas, the adrenaline rush of skiing or snowboarding on fresh powder at Jackson Hole, or the regenerative and inspirational effects that Sedona has to offer, they all share a common bond: they are gourmet food destinations with incredible restaurants and home to “Spirits & Spice”, a high-end specialty food and beverage purveyor.

Featuring artisan-crafted small-batch spirits, culinary grade spice blends, oils, vinegars and gourmet foods, Spirits & Spice have prestigious locations in the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas, downtown Jackson Hole featuring an entire wall of wine, and Sedona at the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. As their locations are in lofty tourist areas, they have an online store that keeps their customers supplied between visits! www.spiritsandspice.com

We are especially proud that the flavors of Essendorfer Genussschmelzerei are being showcased in such prominent specialty stores as Spirits & Spice. We hope that when your travels bring you to Las Vegas, Sedona or Jackson Hole, you will wander in and luxuriate your senses.

Spirits & Spice at the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd, located between TAO Bistro and It’s Sugar.

Spirits & Spice at the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, 3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd, located between TAO Bistro and It’s Sugar.

Announcing a new store on board!!

We are proud to announce that “On the Mark Fine Food and Provisions” located at 777 N. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs now carries a selection of Essendorfer Sauces and Pestos. Not only does this specialty market carry some of the best sauces, pestos, olive oils, vinegars, jams and wines, they also have a great selection of cheese and pate. It’s an upscale market for foodies in search of a special fix, not available in regular markets. On the Mark is also known for quality sandwiches and artistically presented cheese and charcuterie boards.

Nirvana for foodies is just a two-hour drive from San Diego or Los Angeles!

Nirvana for foodies is just a two-hour drive from San Diego or Los Angeles!

Fancy Food Show 2019 Moscone Center, San Francisco

We were thrilled to have been at the Fancy Food Show with the Essendorfer team from Germany. This is a food show open only to the specialty food trade and was great exposure for us to show off our products with tastings to potential buyers. We were in the International Pavillion and sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture of Bavaria.

It was a exhilarating to see so many chefs and food industry professionals as enthralled as I am with this product and thinking this may actually be the best thing we’ve ever seen or tasted.

It was also an incredible experience getting to meet and share a laugh with Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network.