Our Journey What is it about foods from a small farm or hand crafted by artisan food producers that can taste so different – and so good? Is it the intimate connection to the maker, the land, the animals, the care and humanity that goes into it, the more natural or organic process of production?
We think it’s all of the above – that sets artisan grown and made foods apart from more industrially processed foods. It gives them not only great flavor but a certain kind of authenticity and originality. We think Foods connected to a person or a family and place that express the “terroir” or total natural living environment from which they come – can simply taste better and offer more nutritional benefit as well.
We’ve had the opportunity to live and work in Europe and in interesting and diverse areas in the US and have always been drawn to the open air markets, the farmers, butchers, bakers, the restaurants and cafes that feature local fare – the authenticity, freshness and complexity of flavors engaged our taste buds and our imaginations.
What we love to do is to bring flavors together. From our first artisan food dinner in 2004, to the 2016 Farmstead Festival in Bethlehem, CT, the simple act of pairing food and wine, finding those marriages of flavor and texture and sharing this with family, friends and customers is what drives Artisan Made America.
Over the past 10 years we have immersed ourselves in the small farm revolution that is sweeping the US – becoming advocates for traditionally made, domestic farmstead and artisanal cheeses, handcrafted wines and beers and small batch produced artisan foods. There is a new food culture emerging in the US – an awareness of local and regional foods is growing and we are proud to be part of this cultural transformation.
Sally grew up in the hospitality business and is a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers). Her knowledge of wine, spirits and beer and the specific foods they marry with adds an exciting dimension to our artisan food events and wine and cheese tastings.
Tom is the cheesemonger, focusing primarily on the domestic artisan and farmstead cheese market. With a professional background in marketing, sales and business consulting his strategic thinking has been essential in opening up new markets for artisan made products. He is constantly bringing new cheeses to the table, introducing and presenting American made, world class cheeses to the marketplace.
We are proud to share these wonderful foods with you-our customers. We hope our enthusiasm for great flavor and locally produced food rubs off and that we become your “Go-To Resource” for artisan made foods.
All the best in local foods,
Sally & Tom/Artisan Made America