The BIG day has arrived. Since February 15th, the Facebook Cheese Study Group has been raising funds to send worthy cheese professionals to Denver this July to attend the annual American Cheese Society Conference and to sit for the American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Exam®, the highest United States certified cheese recognition. Our scholarships include the fees to take the exam, transportation and hotel accommodations in Denver, conference fees, plus a stipend for incidentals. Here are some of the donors who made these scholarships possible**:
Tara Sabatini ACS CCP® for Swiss American
Jennifer Bice Allin Tallmadge ACS CCP® Adeline Druart
Jill Ellingson for Caves of Faribault 34 Degrees Crispbread Casey Abbott ACS CCP® Nathan Aldridge Beehive Cheese Dee Washburn Jane Bauer Michael Brantl ACS CCP® David Gremmels for Rogue Creamery Judy Schad for Capriole Goat Cheeese Tina Mooney ACS CCP® and Alan Mooney Debbie Peterson ACS CCP® Chad Farmer-Davis ACS CCP® Pam Derouin Brian Gilbert ACS CCP© Patrick Bleck ACS CCP® for Specialty Foods Sherpa Sheri Allen ACS CCP® Lenny Moonsammy
We’d also like to thank our four Cheese Professionals who served as judges in choosing our recipients: James Beard Award Winner, Janet Fletcher; Lassa Skinner, Culture Magazine Co-Founder; ACS CCP® and Two-time Chopped Canada Competitor, Erin Harris and ACS CCP® and 2015 Sartori Cheese and Culture Magazine Scholarship Recipient, Crystal Schroeder.
I’d also like to thank the ACS CCPs® who helped make this happen, serving as Administrators of the Facebook Cheese Study Group: Adam Burstein, Allin Tallmadge, Sheri Allen, James Danforth, Jill Davis, Logan Class, Miranda McQuillan, Elizabeth Nerud, Erin Clancy and Pat Polowsy – my profound thanks and admiration for your passion!!!
And The Winners Are:
Kelley Jewell – ACS CCP Exam® Candidate – Provisions for Pantry and Cellar
Tyler Frankenberg – ACS CCP Exam® Candidate – Bedford Cheese Shop
Hazel-Rue Woodies – ACS CCP® – The Cheese School of San Francisco
Matthew Bellingham – ACS CCP® – Whole Foods Market, Portland, Oregon
**For a Complete list of Donations, please visit our GoFundMe Campaign.