After nine years in Edmonds, Cheesemonger’s Table closing its doors April 1

Cheesemonger’s Table co-owner Maria Montalvo stands before the sign of the newly-opened restaurant in 2012. (My Edmonds News file photo)

The Cheesemonger’s Table, a casual café and gourmet food market in Edmonds, has announced that it will be closing permanently on April 1. The Cheesemonger’s Table has operated in its spot next to Hazel Miller Plaza for the past nine years.

“The whole team at The Table will miss serving our community,” said owner Strom Peterson, “But we are excited to soon announce a collaborative project that will introduce Edmonds to its newest wine bar.”

Peterson and his wife Maria Montalvo have owned and operated a small business in Edmonds since 2002. They opened their first restaurant in Edmonds, Olives Gourmet Foods, with childhood friend Michael Young. Young was a chef in San Francisco looking for a change, and Peterson had identified a void in the Edmonds dining options—”a place to get a good sandwich.”

“Edmonds was not the foodie community then that it is now, and we wanted to help change that,” said Peterson. “We also featured fine cheeses and charcuterie, things that you could not find in supermarkets then.”

Strom Peterson with provolone at Cheesemonger’s Table in November 2020. (My Edmonds News file photo)

Over the years, Olives morphed into a wine bar, with the cheese part of the business moving to a separate location, Resident Cheesemonger. That all came back together as The Cheesemonger’s Table in 2012.

“Strom and I wanted to make and serve craveable food—the kind of food that brings a smile to your face,” Montalvo said. “The most important lesson we learned over the years is that food is better when it is made by people who really care about the product and about the people who are eating it. It was our team that made The Table what it is.”

Peterson and Montalvo are clear that the restaurant is not closing because of COVID-19 and related restaurant shutdowns. The couple’s other professional work — Peterson is a Washington State legislator and Montalvo as a non-profit executive director — has meant less time for the business. They believe they could no longer invest the time and energy that the team, customers and “our loved of the food” deserved, Montalvo said.

Peterson said that they searched for several months to find the right people to take over the business, and will soon share more details about the new wine bar that will take The Table’s place.

“It will be hard to say goodbye, but we are so happy that throughout it all, cheese has been at the forefront of our culinary adventures and that our customers truly loved what we did.” Peterson said.

“That is just right,” added Montalvo, “Since our mantra at The Table is, Cheese is Love!”

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  1. My many trips to Edmonds throughout the year just will not be same without a stop at Cheesemonger’s. You will be missed.

  2. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This crushes my soul. Please pretty please have some cheese and charcuterie within your new collaborative wine business. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!!!!!

  3. Where will we ever find smoked tomato bisque, the most delicious variation on a classic that anyone has ever tasted? Could you possibly get PCC to start selling it? Please!

  4. SO sorry to hear it!! I’m such a fan of the Grilled Gruyere and Caramelized Onion sandwich… ohh yum. Such a nice restaurant.

  5. Oh no, I’m so sad. The Turkey Reuben is hands down the best sandwich in town, and the truffle popcorn is to die for too. When I tell my college aged son who is in California, he’s going to cry!

  6. Devastating news. Many memories sitting out in the park with a cheese plate and cookie. Please have wine bar include CHEESE!!

  7. Ditto the smoked tomato soup is wonderful and loved stopping by. I hope you will continue with your delicious traditions. I loved to stop by for lunch with our daughter. You will be missed!

  8. You will be sorely missed! Such a great place to sit outdoors with my toddler granddaughters and have a delicious lunch. (Some time ago we also sat inside.) I could always tempt any of my three daughters to come to Edmonds for a visit with the promise of a Cheesemonger’s sandwich! Your reputation was known across city and county borders.

    1. But my Parisienne and smoked tomato soup! The best brie and ham on a buttered baguette outside of Paris. I’m bereft.

  9. Maybe make vegan cheese? Cheese is super concentrated mother’s milk from a DIFFERENT SPECIES drinking milk or eating dairy was the result of starvation.
    It’s very addictive due to the opiate like chemicals so that you can’t stop eating, OR GROWING, but we are not baby cows, so the health problems are vast. Why would we eat other species baby food?

  10. I have so many good memories of this place, and of its food and knowledgeable staff! I was never a ‘cheese person’ but the food quality always won me over. Such a friendly place.

    Best of luck to the owners in your new venture! I know you will keep taking pride in your food.

  11. Count us in with those who will miss your hospitality and excellent food. Thank you for providing that for Edmonds throughout these years. We look forward to your wine bar.
    All good wishes to you both., Howard and Judy Chermak

  12. A tragedy! I’m really sad to see my favorite restaurant in Edmonds go. I will really, really miss this place.

  13. Best Wishes in your new venture. I will miss your shop and restaurant. I very much enjoyed your food, and specialty items.

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