Lenny Moonsammy, Sales and Marketing Manager, Bellwetheer Farms Bio
Our resident expert on cheese, Big 12 football (Go Sooners!), biscuits and gravy and George Strait, Lenny grew up in Hugo, Oklahoma, a teeny town near the Texas border. Inspired by her mom Dixie’s mouthwatering pot roast and chicken fried steak, Lenny dabbled in cooking at an early age, subjecting her family to culinary experiments featuring bologna, Kraft Singles and tater tots. Sensing a need to channel Lenny’s creative energy, Dixie gave Lenny The Joy of Cooking, and the whole family started looking forward to experiment day.
Though she pursued a degree in business at University of Oklahoma, Lenny was always happiest when hosting dinner parties and cooking for friends. She left Oklahoma for Vermont to attend New England Culinary Institute, where she was introduced to a career in the food business and her future husband, NECI classmate Chris Moonsammy.
Her desire to work with the best food, wine and chefs in the country drove Lenny to the Napa Valley, where she worked for Robert Mondavi Winery and Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts before landing a job at the Cowgirl Creamery and now Bellwether Farms in Sonoma County. Lenny’s extreme cheese knowledge led her to persuade foodie friend Brigid Callinan to co-author a fondue cookbook with her; we hope this is only their first of many cookbook collaborations.
Lenny lives in Petaluma with her husband Chris, and their furry friends, Bennett the corgi, Piper the aussie shepherd and Sammy the cat.
Check out Lenny’s thoughts on raw milk cheeses.
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