(Tha)Lassa Skinner Bio
Lassa is Co-founder and owner, Culture: the word on cheese (general consumer cheese magazine); Independent retail sales manager, event coordinator, editorial advisor, ownership duties related to financials, marketing and branding.
Instructor, Cheese School of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA). Classes include: Cheese 101, CA Cheese, Old World vs New World, Cheese and Wine Pairing
“Back in the Day”: Lassa also was General Manager, Oxbow Cheese Merchant (Napa, CA) where she designed and implemented layout, hired staff, set up POS system, created cheese inventory, managed pricing and cash flow, created and built wholesale accounts, coordinated and managed events, liaised with Oxbow Wine Merchant and the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (San Francisco)
Co-founder, owner and manager, Common Greens (Napa, CA)
Bay area farmers market management group (including the Napa Farmers Market, Vacaville Farmers Market, Fairfield Farmers Market, Chefs Market in downtown Napa)
Teaching assistant, Vintage High School (Napa, CA)
Oversaw culinary training for three classes of 10-12 graders 3 days per week. Prepared food with students and sold it through a food cart at lunchtime to student body.
Manager, Barossa Farmers Market (South Australia). President of Board, 2004-2005
Manager, St. Helena Farmers Market (St Helena, CA). Board member, 2006-2008
Cheese buyer and cheese program founder and manager, Cantinetta Tra Vigne (St Helena, CA)
Relevant experience, related to cheese, retail and specialty food
Cheese Judge for American Cheese Society (2011, 2012, 2015); CA State Fair (2011-present); New Zealand Cheese Awards (2015)
Napa Farmers Market, President of Board, 2008-2012
Freelance writer (Boston, MA; Bay area, CA; South Australia)
Formaggio Kitchen cheesemonger (1996-1998; Boston, MA)
Pastry chef and offsite event coordinator, Zuzu Café (Brookline, MA), 1995-1997
New Product Development and Sales, Trader Joe’s for flagship east coast store (Brookline, MA), 1997-1999
Freelance catering staff, front- and back-of-house (various catering companies in the Boston area), 1995-1998
Yale University, BS, 1986
BU Culinary Program, 1995
Cheese For Dummies Co-authored with Laurel Miller (J Wiley & Sons, 2012)
Australia: Where the Fun Is! Co-authored with Lauren Goodyear (Mustang Publishing, 1991)
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…
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