Righteous Cheese was born of a passion for good food, good drink and good company.
“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating
and drinking had God not made them a pleasure
as well as a necessity” – Voltaire
Cheese and wine have long been seen as trappings of high society, but why do cheese & wine have to be snobby? After all, we’re really just talking about peasant food – wine, beer and cheese were created in order to preserve the perishable staples of farmhouse life. And luckily for us, after centuries of honing techniques and recipes, that peasant food happens to be absolutely delicious.
While Righteous Cheese is distinctive because we are located in DC’s vibrant Union Market (a food hall filled with local, artisan vendors), we are also unique because we have a dual personality – in a tiny 200 square foot space.
On one side, we have a cut-to-order retail cheese counter that offers approx 80-90 different small-batch, handmade cheeses made locally, across the US and in Europe. Our cheesemongers see themselves as guides – offering tastes and helping our customers find exactly what they’re looking for.
On the other side, we have a bar that features these cheeses paired with wine, beer, cider and housemade sodas. The bar offers “flights”, which are selections (based on a theme) of 3 cheeses paired with 3 beverages. Our guests get to try different tastes and flavors that are not only delicious in the moment, but also help them choose when pairing on their own, at home.
Righteous Cheese demystifies the world of cheese and makes it approachable in a lively, relaxed environment. Our cheesemongers will help you navigate the counter to find new cheeses that you’ve never tried, or experiment with unique wine and cheese pairings that you might not attempt on your own.
For years we have sought out the best artisanal cheeses, and now we want to share them with you. Come visit us and taste!