Vivant is located in Historic downtown Paso Robles at 840 Eleventh Street.It is one block off the Square right next to the beautiful Hotel Cheval. The owner is Danika Reed, a veteran of the cheese business. She opened Vivant in 2006. She holds a degree in Dairy Science from Cal Poly. She gained experience as a cheese maker for them, as well as a strong background in sales and marketing with Hilmar (one of the country’s largest cheese producers for private labeling and food service). Between Vivant and Hilmar, she worked in a variety of other positions in the cheese business,before opening her own shop. Vivant’s first incarnation was as a mobile cheese tasting room. Her target customers were local restaurants. Chef’s could come to the truck and taste her cheeses, purchasing them on the spot.
Vivant is now the Central Coast's premier cheese tasting room, featuring premium, local and imported handcrafted artisan cheeses paired with the finest Central Coast wine and beer. The shop carries about 150 cheeses both foreign and domestic with a nice selection of local offerings.
They have a lovely shaded outdoor patio where you enjoy a glass of local wine paired with their cheeses or one of their yummy sandwiches. Their wine & cheese sampler is a bargain at $12.00. The staff is friendly and very well informed.
They are open Monday, Wednesday , Thursday & Sunday 11:00 – 5, Tuesday by appointment only, Friday & Saturday 11:00-7:00
If you would like to expand your cheese repoirtoire they have a bi-monthly cheese club. The shipments have a different theme each month and include tasting notes, suggested wine pairings and recipes. For more information on the club go here http://www.vivantfinecheese.com/vivant-fine-cheese-club-signup.pdf.
If you would like more information about their services, offerings, or directions go here http://www.vivantfinecheese.com/