Goat Lady Dairy 2Goat Lady Dairy (GLD) will celebrate its 20th Anniversary at a special invitation-only event on September 21, 2015 at the dairy near Greensboro, NC. Guests joining the GLD family to celebrate include their farm partners, distributors, cheese mongers, chefs and restaurant owners, food writers, advisors, and support professionals. Six renowned North Carolina chefs will prepare unique dishes using six different styles of GLD’s award-winning cheeses: Kim Floresca of One Restaurant in Chapel Hill, David Ryba of the Biltmore in Asheville, Jay Pierce of RockSalt in Charlotte, Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh, Scott Howell of NaNa’s in Durham and Ben Roberts of Undercurrent in Greensboro. Libations will include beers from two of the finest NC breweries: Fullsteam Brewery in Durham and Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville. Big Fat Gap from Orange County will provide North Carolina Bluegrass music.

Goat Lady DairyTen VIP tickets to the event will be sold to the general public. All proceeds will go the American Cheese Education Foundation’s scholarship fund.

In 2011, Alexander Kast, currently Sales Manager and one of the Lead Cheesemakers at Goat Lady Dairy, received an ACS scholarship that helped him develop his cheese career.

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GLD began as a small goat cheese dairy in 1984 when Ginnie Tate started her hobby farm. She learned about and was inspired by other pioneering women in goat cheese who started their farms in the mid-eighties: Allison Hooper of Vermont Creamery, Mary Keehn of Cypress Grove and Judy Schad of Capriole. In 1995 Ginnie’s brother Steve and his wife Lee joined Ginnie to develop GLD as a commercial goat cheese dairy. They made 4,000 lbs their first year and sold only at two local farmers markets and a few stores and restaurants. A major expansion of the dairy was completed in 2012 with the help of a USDA Value Added Producer Grant. In 2015 GLD will make almost 100,000 lbs of goat and cow milk cheeses that are sold throughout the region and beyond. GLD has won nine national awards from ACS including three first-place ribbons.