The Feline Foodie

Updated 12/29/2013

I have been tardy in updating this page… In late August of this year, Spaulding Gray left us and went home to “The Mothership” leaving The Man and me saddened and lonely. He brought so much joy to the two of us and we are confident to all our readers as well. In his absence I, aka The Lady, am writing the website but I fear it lacks some of the fun and snarkiness that The Feline Foodie offered in his postings.

Since his departure, I sat for and successfully passed the American Cheese Society’s Certified Cheese Professional Eam, making me one of only 253 Certified Cheese Professionals in the Northern Hemisphere.  An accomplishment of which I am enormously proud.

I want to thank all of you for your loyal reading and hope that I can keep you as interested as my dear Spaulding Gray did.

Marcella, The Lady


My name is Spaulding Gray aka The Feline Foodie. I am a gray-striped tuxedo cat who lives with The Lady and The Man. The Man and I hangout together when The Lady works in the cheese mines in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. She brings cheese home for me to taste and review.

In my spare time, when I’m neither napping nor tasting  and reviewing cheese, I observe humankind behavior and report to The Brain on The MotherShip. I am a Commander in the Pacific Northwest Quadrant of North America, sent here from a galaxy far, far away to watch and comment on the strange behaviors of the humankind…

I am kind-hearted, for the most part, but at 2am if The Lady doesn’t get up to feed me, I can be persistent and basically a real pain-in-the-ass.

And, yes, it is all about me…

Now for The Lady. She is the Murray’s Cheese Specialist for Fred Meyer and Kroger. She also is a Certified Red Jacket Cheesemonger for Murray’s. She travels throughout the US assisting Murray’s and Kroger when opening the new Murray’s Cheese Shops inside select Kroger stores nationwide. She also trains the new Cheese Masters and Mongers working in the Cheese Shops. The Lady loves to cook and The Man, who is retired, loves to eat. She is my Cheese Dealer; my best humankind friend and she is totally devoted to The Man, whom she married more than 31 years ago…

The Man and I miss The Lady when she travels…

Regarding The Man: He isn’t as easy to wrangle as The Lady; he’s almost as disciplined at ignoring moi and I am of him, when he annoys me. He is retired and loves his greenhouse and garden. He’s old school on many things and yet, as thoroughly modern as Millie on others… He adores The Lady.

Regarding my reviews: I prefer to promote the wonder that is cheese and rarely review a cheese that I think is sub-par… As Miss Anne, mother of The Lady, likes to say, “Keep your mouth shut if you don’t have something nice to say”…

From time-to-time, I receive samples from cheesemakers who hope I will say nice things about their cheese. I have no obligation to do so; if I like the cheese I will review it. I will also disclose that the cheese was a freebie.

My reviews are mine and mine alone. Fred Meyer, Kroger and Murray’s compensate neither The Lady nor me for any work I do on this blog and they don’t influence what I say in any manner. Likewise, all opinions stated here are mine and in no way are they the opinions of the three. On occasion, I announce events and employment opportunities for those companies; but you will note that I also do the same for other cheese folks that I like such as Chuck’s Produce, Pastoral, American Cheese Society, Oregon Cheese Guild, Beecher’s (whose No Woman owns my cheese heart), Rogue Creamery, etc. Nobody pays me to say nice things… it’s just what I do.

This is the Official Disclaimer that Kroger and Fred Meyer told The Lady I had to post: “The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily represent the positions, strategies or opinions of The Kroger Co. family of stores.”  I’m pretty sure I’ve already said that, but what the suits want, the suits get…

Now for your comments. I am the sole keeper of the Comments’ Gate; if you leave something I don’t like, I toss it in the litter box. If you leave a smug comment, I will either toss it or reply with my own smug comment… so beware and tread softly… I’m trying to have a good time and you should be doing the same.

The Lady takes the pictures with her Android Smartphone… as she is not a professional photographer, she sees no need to invest in a fancy camera… we’d rather spend those bucks on cheese…

You can email The Lady at marcellathecheesemonger (at) and you can email me at spauldingthecheesemonger (at) We welcome your thoughts and comments… as long as they are funny, thoughtful and un-snarky. If you get snarky, you do so at your own peril… This Feline Foodie doesn’t care for snarkiness, unless it’s coming from moi…

To nominate a Cheesemonger to be featured in the 2013: Year of the Cheesemonger, send an email to yearofthecheesemonger (at)

You can also follow The Lady and me at Twitter. The Lady tweets as cheesemonger. I now tweet as FelineFoodie.

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All information on this blog is copyrighted 2008-2013 by Marcella Wright and Echoes from the CheeseMines(R).

Use or reprinting of any of the information on this blog can only be done with written permission from the copyright holder. You can freely link to our blogs and you can make casual use of information. But we’d appreciate credit. You can use any pictures that appear on the blog freely.

In 2010 Culinary Arts College named us one of the “Top 50 Best Cheese Blogs on the Web” and named us one of the “Top 60 Cheese Blogs” in 2010.