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"Cheese Guy" Ricardo Huijon Remembered at Oxbow Public Market

Merchants at Oxbow Public Market are gathering this evening to celebrate the life of cheese expert Ricardo Huijon, 47, who died unexpectedly last week.

One of the first people I met when I went to work at Oxbow Public Market, as a shop attendent for Whole Spice in early 2008, was Ricardo Huijon.

While unfailingly pleasant, Ricardo didn't talk about himself much; but I soon learned that he was a well-known and much-liked expert on cheeses who had worked for years at Dean & Deluca before signing on at the Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant.

Last Monday, a friend and I stopped by Oxbow and saw that the Wine and Cheese Merchant had closed early. A handwritten sign said it was due to the unexpected death of a staff member. Only later did I learn that it was my former comrade Ricardo, who had died the day before.

This evening, from 5 to 9 p.m., Oxbow workers and their employers are holding a "Fiesta de Huijon" in Ricardo's memory. Some businesses may close early to take part.

Vaya con Dios, Ricardo. You are missed.

Reina Toscano January 29, 2013 at 04:17 AM
You will be very much missed Ricardo!!May you rest in Peace My friend! <3 Reina and Jaime Toscano

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