Reverie Creamery is a small scale cheesemaking company, cheese store, and cheese destination founded by Riko Chandra and Jim Howard in Chautauqua, New York. Reverie produces its own seasonal cheeses and carries a variety of cheeses and goodies from around the world with a focus on small, American, artisanal companies. Reverie is connected to our location through our dedication to using local ingredients and collaborating with a range of local artisans. Our artisan products reflect a meaningful relationship to the land and Western New York’s agricultural heritage through which we connect, experience and savor the flavors of our place and region.
Reverie is a dynamic and constantly evolving entity. Our selection of cheeses varies seasonally and there are always new things to try. We started as a cheese store, with our Artisan Cheese Market, but soon we began making our own fresh goat’s milk cheeses. Next, we started some more aged goat’s and cow’s milk cheeses. Now, we make harder, aged cheeses and some softer, washed-rind cheeses, mostly with cow’s milk. Also, we use our multi-purpose event space for small pairing events. In the future, we will expand to have more pairing events, cheese classes, and harvest dinners. At Reverie, we celebrate cheese and we want you to join in the fun!
Riko studied the science and art of cheese making at Cornell University; Sterling College’s Artisan Cheesemaking Institute and Jasper Hill Farm; Westminster Artisan Cheesemaking; and Ploughshare. His teachers include Ivan Larcher from France, Peter Dixon from Vermont, and Rebeccah Durkin from Texas. As a food lover, Riko has been a passionate practitioner and promoter of “local, sustainable and seasonal”.
He was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. His diverse background includes network communication; fashion editorial, photography and merchandising; and a non-profit, vocal chamber music organization “Voces Intimae” that he founded. His passion in photography can be viewed at rikochandra.com
Jim enjoyed a long career as a geologist. He lived and traveled extensively in South America, The Far East, Europe and Africa exposing him to many diverse cultures and exotic foods. As a Chautauquan since childhood, Jim developed a broad interest in and appreciation for the arts.
Cheesemaker & Processing Plant Superintendent
Nelson began his career as a chef and a produce farmer. He worked at several different farms around Chautauqua County helping to grow grapes, peaches, plums, and apples on more than 200 acres of land. After several years, he sought to expand his connection with food production and took the course The Art and Science of Cheesemaking at Penn State College. From there, he began to explore different varieties of cheese in his role as a chef, and eventually got involved in production. When Nelson is not at work he enjoys volunteering at his local church and Boy Scout troop, where he is an Eagle Scout and a leader. Nelson enjoys everything that is high adventure and outdoors; he has taken a Boy Scout troop to Alaska, gone white water rafting, zip-lining, rock climbing, repelling, and done high rope obstacle courses.
Michelle resides on a small farm in Sherman, NY. She loves gardening and raising animals, including her horses, goats, chickens, and two dogs. Michelle is a mother to three children and enjoys spending time with her five grandchildren. She brings skills from a diverse background, having worked in various food production, factory, and home care roles, and is excited to learn the entire cheesemaking process as part of our small, growing family at Reverie.
Cheesemonger & Cheese Shop Supervisor
Bio coming soon!
Operational Support & Cheesemonger
Jessica was raised on a farm in Sherman, NY and is passionate about the local agriculture and landscape of the region. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Peace and Justice Studies at Pace University in New York City. Her work has focused on improving public participation in planning for cities and humanitarian work. She has lived and worked in India, Jordan, and Greece. Jessica loves making connections between different people and cultures through sharing food, music, and stories. She has returned to the Chautauqua area to be involved in the local food production scene and enjoy the natural beauty.
Cheesemonger & Buyer
Bio coming soon!
21 Brix Winery
6654 West Main Road Portland, New York 14769
21 Brix is a local winery that sells Reverie Cheese on their cheese boards in their tasting room.
Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY 14722
We supply our own fresh cheese to the Athenaeum Hotel
Bag and String Wine Merchants
119 Chautauqua Ave Lakewood, NY 14750
Wine & Cheese Pairing Collaborations!
Big Tree Maple
2040 Holly Ln Lakewood, NY 14750
One of our product collaborators.
Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge
10 E 4th St Jamestown, NY 14701
Beer & Cheese Pairing Event at Brazil. Find our select cheeses there!
Chautauqua Soap & Candle Company
515 Pine Street Jamestown, NY 14701
The maker of our goat milk soap with unique scent. Made with local goat milk and all natural ingredients.
Elm Street Bakery
72 Elm Street East Aurora, New York 14052
Seasonal American cuisine is served all day in this airy, rustic-chic cafe/bakery with a brick oven and Reverie Cheese.
Johnson Estate Winery
8419 U.S. 20 Westfield, NY 14787
One of our product collaborators!
Lexington Coop Elmwood
807 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14222
Lexington Elmwood is a valuable partner that has Reverie Cheese available for sale in their cheese shop.
Lexington Coop Hertel
1678 Hertel Avenue Buffalo, New York 14216
Lexington Hertel is a valuable partner that has Reverie Cheese available for sale in their cheese shop.
Ribbon Road Garlic
8438 Lyons Road Sherman, New York 14781
Ribbon Road Garlic provides the perfectly roasted Black Garlic used in Reverie's Black Garlic Chevre.
Terry Saye Woodworking
4855 Mahanna Rd Bemus Point, NY 14712
Our cheese boards are made by Terry Saye, local wood artist using local wood.