les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, we also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients.
Founded in 1985 by the mother and daughter team of Alice and Allison Spurrell les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business.
Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput have come a long way since the original shoe-box sized store opened in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighbourhood. You can rest assured that their mission is to continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service.
les amis du FROMAGE is honoured to have been voted “Best Cheese Shop” by readers of The Georgia Straight, The Westender and The Courier, and has been awarded Vancouver Magazine’s Restaurant Award for Top Food Supplier to Vancouver’s best restaurants and hotels.
Responsible for the acquisition of over 500 different types of cheeses, from across Canada as well as internationally, Allison is an authority on cheese. She conducts cheese tastings at Les Amis du Fromage, and interacts closely with many of British Columbia’s great chefs and wine tasting societies. Allison has been a judge for the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, and for the retail competition at the American Cheese Society annual conference. She has a certificate in Cheese Making Technology from the Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph, and is also a past board member of the BC chapter of les dames d’Escoffier. She is a member of both the Confrérie des Chevaliers des Fromages de France and the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon
Joe is an avid cheese, food and wine lover, and has been working at les amis du FROMAGE for over 20 years. With a Red Seal in cooking from VCC, Joe has several years of cooking experience at some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants and hotels. Responsible for the cooking of all our prepared foods, he can usually be found at our East Vancouver store, where our production kitchen is located. When not working in the kitchen, joe is responsible for web development and social media for les amis du FROMAGE. Occasionally, you may see him behind the counter at our East Vancouver store. He is a member of the Guilde des Fromagers Confrerie du Saint-Uguzon