Hello! My name is Wendy M. Levy and I am proud to call myself a cheesemonger.
I've been working with cheese since September of 1995 and I see no good reason to do otherwise. It's been my dream for a long time to have a fun, comfortable space where people can enjoy cheese (and other fine foods and beverages) AND learn about cheese. And now I'm making it happen in Brattleboro, Vermont!
Part of my life's work as a cheesemonger has been teaching people about cheese, whether they be novice cheesemongers who need to be shown the ropes, or enthusiasts who want to enjoy a guided tasting of the best cheeses of the world accompanied by a lively lecture on those cheeses and cheese in-general. In my establishment, Brattleboro Cheese, I hope to serve the best cheeses in the world, train smart people to be top-notch cheesemongers, and offer the general public an opportunity to taste and learn.
I will teach many of the seminars to the public, but I also plan to have guest lecturers come in, too. Being in Vermont, there is no shortage of fine cheesemakers in our state and in the surrounding states, and having them present their wares and speak at Brattleboro Cheese will give the public a greater appreciation for what it takes to craft a high-quality, farm-made cheese. It will also help our local cheesemakers sell more cheese, because people will taste just how wonderful their cheeses are and want to eat more of them!
Even though we take cheese and good food seriously at Brattleboro Cheese, we don't take ourselves too seriously. Those of you who know me personally know I have a lot of personality, and Brattleboro Cheese will be an extension of me: fun, smart, sometimes silly, gregarious and never boring! Brattleboro Cheese will be a lively place where not only will you meet your new favorite cheese, but you will hopefully make a new friend or three.
In addition to serving and educating the public about cheese, I also plan to have my shop be a good global and local neighbor by minimizing waste, using as many locally-produced products as we can, avoiding non-compostable plastics as much as possible, and best of all, hosting regular charitable events to benefit local non-profit groups. There are many ways to give, and give back.
With the funds you pledge, you are enabling me to do things like purchase knives, cutting boards, and other items I'll need to bring good cheese to the people! The State of Vermont is already on the map, being the state with the most artisan cheesemakers per capita in the entire USA, but it's time to put Brattleboro on the map as THE place where locals and visitors can come to discover the best of what the cheese world has to offer.
With your help, we are going to do it! Go cheese!
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