You may have noticed a new face behind the counter. Meet Kate! She’s been a cheesemonger for six years and has recently taken the helm of our counter. We love her and think you will too.
When asked, she says the most important part of her job is ‘to educate on and find the ideal cheese for people, and make artisan cheese accessible to everyone.” We couldn’t agree more. She totally embraces our mission of “Celebrating the Artisan.”
Kate says the longer she’s in the industry, the more she feels connected to bettering herself and spreading the good word on cheese.
She’s an ambitious cheesemonger. This January she took the exam to become a Certified Cheese Professional (CCP). (Didn’t know there was such a thing? NPR breaks it down.) Many exam takers are sponsored by their employers to cover the travel and study group costs. Had she been with us at the time, we would have sponsored her.
She wasn’t, but that didn’t stop her. She save and studied for months, and in January she passed the exam to become one of the first 600 people in the country to be granted the certification! By the way, just in case you are thinking “how hard can a cheese exam be?” It’s REALLY, REALLY hard. Lots of chemistry and other really complicated things. Go Kate!
Kate grew up in the heart of Denver and continues to think it’s a great place as it grows. She’s been a cheese lover for a long, long time. As a high schooler, she frequently perused cheese counters. She would cook and ski with a family friend who brought French cheese courses to their mountain dinners. She took it as a challenge and started bringing American artisan cheeses to those dinners.
Kate feels the culture (pun intended) of cheese and charcuterie has become the next frontier in reviving and retaining artisanal and agricultural practices in the US. She’s proud to be able to learn from and contribute to it during the last part of the decade so far.
She enjoys the camaraderie, collaboration, humor, humbleness, baby goats, and the open education her cheese life offers! In her non-cheese time, Kate enjoys travel, writing fiction and screenplays for future film ambitions, collecting vinyl and air plants (the only kind she doesn’t kill so far), and riding her bike with her partner.
When you don’t see her at Cheese+Provisions, you can often find her on South Broadway at Trve Brewing, Hudson Hill, The Bar Car, La Fillette, and Amethyst Coffee.
FAVORITE CHEESE in the case right now: Rocket’s Robiola from Boxcarr Handmade Cheese.