Behind the Board
The SweetCheeses! Biennale began in 2007 after attending my first American Cheese Society Conference & Competition in Burlington, Vermont.
The ACS is an annual event that is a celebration of the amazing cheese that is produced in North America. It includes 4 days of going deep into learning about cheese, cheesemaking and the dynamic business of the cheese industry.
It includes tours of farmstead producers, cheese shops, dairy plants, wineries and other related establishments. The closing event is a “Festival of Cheese” where you can try some of the 1,200-1,500 different cheeses that are submitted for evaluation in the competition. Some of the cheeses are set aside and sold during a “cheese auction” with the funds going towards scholarships for new & apprenticing cheesemakers.
I have frequently been able to attend and volunteer at this fantastic event since 2007 and to bring some remarkable cheeses home for what has become an epic party known as “SweetCheeses!”
It happens every year (or two) in Guelph.
My hope is to share my experiences and passion for cheese with you. Endeavouring to get “the right cheese to the right person at the right time”. It is not about cheese snobbery but rather learning to discern what you like and thoughtfully exploring myriad cheeses that are made using the same four simple ingredients.
My credentials include:
• University of Guelph – Technical Production of Cheese
• University of Vermont – VIAC- Artisan Cheese Maker Certificate
• School of Artisan Food, Wellbeck, Nottinghamshire, UK
• Production of a variety of styles of cheese for predominately small ruminant dairies in Ontario.
I have worked at both small & large farmers markets; a large specialty food retailer & boutique cut-to-order cheese shops.
I currently offer tutored tastings and short courses; and implement cheese programs for small grocery chains and preserve companies. Previously I was an instructor for Artisan Cheese Marketing.
SweetCheeses! happily serves the Guelph, Ontario area.
Most offerings can only be made available locally, however Tutored Tastings can be virtually anywhere – just ask!