Julia Powers, ACS CCP™ Bio
I describe myself as the Traveling Cheesemonger. Raised in an Air Force family, we moved around quite a bit. My upstate New York parents fell in love with Puget Sound area of Washington state and I followed suit. Here I was fortunate to be employed by a locally owned market – Metropolitan Market. Listening to the cheesemonger tell the stories of the cheeses in her case was a beautiful romantic backdrop to what I thought at the time was just a ripple in the pond of employment for me. Then, I had the opportunity to work on the cheese side of the deli and that ripple turned into a tidal wave. I’ve always loved cheese and in my European travels before working at the market, I enjoyed walking into those shops and smelling the lovely aromas that would greet you at the door. I never thought it would be me behind that counter. I touched the rind of an aged Comte with religious respect, waxed poetic of the seasons of the animal that brought the milk to this infinite status of lush, and purchased countless books on the internet as well as scoured out-of-print stashes that were available domestically as well as internationally – I knew I had it bad.
Currently I am the PNW Sales Associate for McKenna Marketing – a specialty food broker out of San Francisco. Although there are more lines than just cheese, it was important for me to understand the broker relationship in the chain of sale. I had worked with distributors in my monger role and I wanted to learn more aspects of this wonderful business that we are in. My typical day may be spent touring stores, getting to know people behind the counter, working food shows, and/or strengthening relationships with local distributors. I do miss touching cheese every day however the lessons learned along the way to satisfy one’s religion (that would be “cheeses”) are just as important.
My thanks to everyone participating in my 2015 Virtual Q&A with Cheese Professionals. I hope all of you, my loyal readers, are enjoying this as much as I am…
Interviews will continue throughout 2015… sometimes, they will be “stand-alone” and sometimes they will be presented as round-table discussions with several Cheese Professionals answering the same question. Those participating include Cheesemakers, ACS CCPs™, Cheesemongers and Cheese Professionals and Experts who contribute to this Wonderful World we call “Cheese”.
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