The Salty Cow is a Family Affair

The Salty Cow is a Family Affair

by Susan Neuhalfen

If you don’t believe in fate, then you don’t know Jennifer and Harold Rivas, owners of the Salty Cow in Castle Hills.

They met by chance in Dallas, both having left fast-paced Manhattan careers for a new life in Texas. Jennifer, an attorney and Harold, a bank executive, loved their Uptown Dallas lifestyle where lots of shops were within walking distance. Jennifer immediately embraced the Dallas food scene just as she had in New York.

“Being a foodie has always been a sort of hobby,” said Jennifer. “I love the creativity of the restaurants in Dallas.”

Harold and Jennifer fell in love, got married and moved to Castle Hills over three years ago with their daughter, Morgan. Living a suburban life certainly has its perks, however, they missed having their favorite shops within walking distance. That’s when they decided to bring their love of food to the Castle Hills Village Shops.

“It was a half day trip to go to our favorite cheese shop in Dallas so we thought why not open our own?” said Jennifer. “Harold pointed out that other residents would probably love to have a specialty cheese shop right here in Castle Hills, too.”

So Harold and Jennifer opened The Salty Cow, an artisan cheese and provisions shop full of cheeses and meats from all over the world. However, they are quick to point out that they have found some remarkable products close to home as well.

“We were surprised to find some amazing cheese right here in Texas,” said Jennifer. “We have taken many trips to farms across the state and brought back a lot of great cheese.”

In addition to their unique inventory of cheeses, the Salty Cow provides meats, fruit spreads, crackers, oils, gourmet popcorn and extraordinary chocolates from Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico.

The shop keeps very busy making specialty cheese boards for parties, provision plates for the Lakes at Castle Hills Country Club and also providing food for TKO, the craft beer and wine bar also in the Castle Hills Village Shops. With all of the new business, it’s a good thing that Jennifer and Harold have help.

“Both of our moms were retired but wanted to work,” said Jennifer. “Now we all live on the same street in Castle Hills and they help manage the shop for us.”

Even Harold’s younger brother moved down from New York and handles their website and social media while going to school.

Their inventory is unique, so if there’s something you’d like to try, chances are there are samples available. They are also BYOB meaning you can Bring Your Own Board and they’ll not charge you for that. Jennifer says she is especially looking forward to doing some crazy things like a fondue event for Valentine’s Day.

“We want to do some funky and creative stuff for the residents of Castle Hills,” said Jennifer. “We’ll be doing some cheese tastings and pairings with TKO.”

Harold is even taking classes to be a Sommelier so expect even more partnerships with other Castle Hills shops to be part of their exciting new offerings in 2018.

“I’m looking forward to 2018 after all the effort we put into 2017 and seeing it come to fruition,” said Harold. “The fact that it’s a family affair makes it just awesome.”

Want to learn more? Visit them on facebook by searching The Salty Cow, their full selection and prices are made available so you can peruse at your leisure.

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