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Our Mission

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.  At Reverie, we celebrate cheese and we want you to join in the fun!

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Riko Chandra


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 work of photography has been exhibited locally in Chautauqua County’s art galleries, you can visit

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Jim Howard


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.

Our Partners

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!

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.