Bio: Anne Saxelby is the founder of Saxelby Cheesemongers, a cheese shop in Manhattan selling only American artisan cheeses. Saxelby Cheesemongers maintains a retail shop in the Essex Street Market, and recently built a cheese cave in Brooklyn to better serve a growing wholesale base of over 100 restaurant clients. Anne got her start in the cheese world working at Murray’s Cheese in Greenwich Village, and fell in love with American farmstead cheese after interning as a cheesemaker at Cato Corner Farm. In addition to the retail shop, Anne records a weekly internet radio show called Cutting the Curd, where she hopes to promote artisan cheesemaking and create a useful audio archive for cheesemakers and cheese lovers.
Statement of Intent: I would be honored to serve on the board of the American Cheese Society. As a retailer, it is in my interest to help ensure that the craft of artisan cheesemaking can flourish in the United States. I am interested in helping to create and maintain guidelines and best practices for retailers so that we can do our part in selling safe, delicious, and traditional products. I am also interested in exploring areas of the artisan cheese industry that are currently underserved, such as distribution, to see what new solutions may be found. Finally, I feel that I have a strong sense for marketing and community, and would welcome the opportunity to help ACS envision new ways to connect cheesemakers, consumers, chefs, and other members of the cheese industry.