Our Journey┬á What is it about foods that come from a small farm or handcrafted by artisan food producers that can taste so differently –┬á 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 can give them not only great flavor but a certain 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 interesting and diverse areas in the US and in Europe and have always been drawn to the open air markets – the farmers, butchers, bakers, winemakers, chefs, 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 artisan food dinners to major cheese, wine and artisan food festivals, 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 14 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. We are proud to be the first specialty foods business in the northeast to focus exclusively on American made farmstead and artisanal cheeses and artisan foods – starting with the northeast region and then expanding our product line to include other regions in the US.┬á We are also proud to be one of the sponsors of the PBS documentary “The Cheese Nun” highlighting the ground breaking research and cheese discoveries of Sister Noella Marcellino and to be rated in the “Top Ten” for online cheese shopping by the Zagat Survey┬á There is a new food culture emerging in the US – an awareness of local and regional foods is growing and we are excited to be part of this cultural transformation.
Sally grew up in the hospitality business and is a Certified Sommelier (Court of Master Sommeliers). Her cross cultural knowledge of wine, spirits and beer and the specific foods they complement adds an exciting dimension to our artisan food events and wine and cheese tastings.
Tom is the cheese monger, focusing 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.┬á He is constantly bringing new cheeses to the table, introducing and presenting American made, world class cheeses to the marketplace.
We are eager 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.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to include Artisan Made America in your next food and wine event! We would love to hear from you.
All the best in local foods,
Sally & Tom/Artisan Made America