Official Cheesemongers

The 2018 Official Conference Cheesemonger Team

Each year, the ACS Annual Conference relies on the hard work and dedication of countless volunteers. Among these key volunteers are the Official Conference Cheesemongers, the individuals who oversee and manage the receipt, movement, storage, and preparation of thousands of cheeses and other donated products that play a starring role in ACS Conference events. Due to the importance and scope of this volunteer role, ACS selects a team of three Official Conference Cheesemongers to support the Conference each year.

Congratulations to our 2018 Official Conference Cheesemonger Team! Click on the names below to learn more about the trio that will oversee and prepare all of the cheeses and accompaniments that ACS members enjoyed in Pittsburgh this summer:

The Official Conference Cheesemonger Team

The ACS Official Conference Cheesemongers are the lead volunteers in charge of Conference cheeses and other donated products, including but not limited to: receiving and inventorying product shipments, prepping cheese and accompanying products (preserves, honey, charcuterie, crackers, etc) for meals and breaks, creating cheese displays for special events, plating cheese for tasting sessions, and assisting sponsors with preparing and displaying their products for sponsored events. The Official Conference Cheesemongers will track the movement of cheese and donated products to and from various venues, ensuring proper preparation and handling by volunteers, and overseeing a team of volunteers to deliver cheeses to the appropriate events at the appropriate times. The Official Conference Cheesemongers are also responsible for overseeing the ACS Conference Brunch of Champions and Annual Cheese Sale.

The Official Conference Cheesemongers must possess a strong ability to organize, arrange, and schedule the tempering and delivery of multiple donated products (including cheese, fluid milk, crackers, charcuterie, chocolate, beverages, etc.) for multiple events throughout the Conference. Catering experience is particularly helpful in this role.

Some time is required within this role prior to the Conference. The pre-Conference work will include but is not limited to: attending several planning Conference calls with ACS staff, setting up prep and delivery schedules, reviewing volunteer schedules, and coordinating with tasting session presenters and Conference sponsors.

The Official ACS Conference Cheesemongers work closely with ACS staff and key volunteers on-site.


Anticipated time required for this role is as follows:

  • March to July (before the Conference): 4-6 hours per month
  • During the Conference, the selected cheesemongers should anticipate working extended hours. Typical schedules average 12 hours per day.


Applications for the 2018 Official Conference Cheesemonger team are now closed. To apply for the 2019 Official Conference Cheesemonger team, please check back in the fall and download an application; applications will be accepted through January 31.


“Being an Official Conference Cheesemonger was amazing and will be one of the most memorable events of my career. I gained lasting experience, knowledge, and friendship. It helped me realize my existing skillset and expand upon others. I enjoyed unparalleled leadership, communication, and teamwork thanks to my co-OCCs. I will always be thankful for the confidence in myself and my trade that I acquired during the conference. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is detail driven, enjoys working with others, and is passionate about the best food ever…cheese!”

-Arielle Neher, past Official Conference Cheesemonger

“I loved being an 2016 OCC! How do you become part of an indestructible team who can do anything? Become an OCC. Want to make lifelong friendships with amazing people? Become an OCC. How can you give back to your industry by supporting ACS? Become an OCC. Can you work hard and be both effective and efficient? Become an OCC. Want to meet your cheese heroes? Become an OCC. Can you make a positive impact and lead others? Become an OCC. Want to carry that feeling of a job well done for the rest of your life? Become an OCC.”

-Meredith Fitzgerald, past Official Conference Cheesemonger

Past ACS Official Conference Cheesemongers: