Proprietor Darren Ryan has a background in fine dining working as captain and Maitre d' at restaurants including New York's Dovetail and San Francisco's Quince and Benu. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, Darren decided to take an apprenticeship at Park Slope's favorite cheese shop Stinky Brooklyn while working at Dovetail.
He and his wife Liana (a San Francisco native herself) decided to move back to her hometown SF so in 2009, after a cross country cheese tour, he realized what he wanted to achieve in San Francisco, his new home. He wanted to bring the amazing cheeses, stories and inspirations from the dairies he visited to the City. With a tiny loan and a lot of energy, Darren began building Cream and the Crop and his dream.
We have the honor of working with some of the world's best chefs and some of the most talented cheese mongers in the world. As our company expands, our partnerships, and in many cases friendships deepen and we continue to grow this blooming, evolving American artisan food culture. We find inspiration in chefs who show unwavering commitment to quality, in dairies who are creative and precise, and in skillful cheese mongers who are eager to offer only the very best.