This happened Friday, but Slog's a little lackadaisical when it comes to the Oprah beat, and so I'm sharing it now. Last Friday, Oprah hosted her final annual "My Favorite Things" episode, in which she gives everyone in the audience a extravagant collection of products of which she approves. It is a disturbing thing to watch.
However, for those lucky underdog products that find their way into Borpo's favor, the "Favorite Things" episode can literally be the greatest thing that could ever happen. I imagine this will be the case for Beecher's Handmade Cheese, the beloved Pike Place Market cheesery responsible for the frozen mac and cheese product that Oprah declared one of her favorite things (alongside diamond watches, cashmere sweaters, and luxury cruises).
Beecher's founder Kurt Beecher Dammeier was interviewed Friday by KING 5:
"It really hasn't sunk in yet. I got several calls from Oprah's team asking for samples and I was so nervous. They called recently to let me know I made the cut."
Chef Dammeier was sworn to secrecy until the show aired Friday. The Mercer Island entrepreneur has spent weeks bulletproofing his website in anticipation of the "O Factor."
But there's one big problem. The secret weapon in the dish is an aged flagship cheese. It must age 18 months before it can be put into the dish.
"We can't sell anymore than we already have from 18 months, so we hope we have enough to fill the need. We just don't know."
Congratulations and good luck, Beecher's!