Teleme is an American semi-soft cheese made in Northern California. It is believed to have been invented by a cheesemaker in Pleasanton, California.
Teleme cheese was invented by Serafino Iacono before World War II. The first manufacturing facility was in Tomales, California. The name of the company that made the cheese was New Sonoma Creamery. The cheese was sold under the brand name of Tomales Bay Teleme Cheese. The building in Tomales in which the first Teleme was commercially produce is still standing to this day. In later years the manufacturing was moved to Los Banos, California. New Sonoma shut down operation in the late 60's or early 70's.
In later years Teleme cheese returned to the market under the guidance of Frank Paluso. Frank Paluso managed the production of Teleme cheese for the Iacono family for many years. It is now branded under the name Paluso Cheese company, and is still manufactured in Los Banos. Frank Paluso recently retired and sold the cheese company to another company based out of Southern California.