I’m honored and grateful to be a part of the ACS Official Conference Cheesemonger team in Denver, CO. Since earning my ACS CCP® credential, I’ve focused on food education through the medium of my Cheesemonger profession at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese.
I moved from the Detroit, MI area to Port Townsend, WA in 2001, working with food and catering businesses. My next venture was in San Diego, working in hospitality for the Sheraton Hotel & Marina as Restaurant Outlet Manager. Soon after, I became General Manager at Ryan Brothers Coffee before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. I then joined Mt. Townsend Creamery as Retail Sales Manager, creating their storefront and beginning my cheese education. I spent four years making, aging, selling, and educating the Northwest community about cheese.
I came to Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in 2012 as Head Cheesemonger, working with our customers at the cheese counters in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Seatac Airport, Bellevue Square and New York’s Flatiron District.
Cheesemongering has provided me a venue to share with the community, giving me the opportunity to re-claim my natural birthright, to know and understand our food system. I am better prepared, inspired, and motivated to actively and consciously with specific intention, take part in all that our food offers. I am able to sustain a healthy life and to be a caretaker of the earth through the medium of cheese.