Continuing the good news this week is that my friend Wendy Levy is starting a cheese shop right here in little old Brattleboro. We met almost 17 years ago when we worked together for Henry (The Cheeseman) Tewksbury in the Bratt Food Coop. While it was another food area that I loved working in (and Henry was the Best Boss ever), cheese became a passion for Wendy. Henry has passed on but Wendy is carrying the torch on to cheesemongering in her own right. She's built quite a resume in the ensuing years, working in fine cheeses and consulting to such places as Zabar's in NYC.
Now in her mid-thirties, Wendy's ready to do it herself and is opening a fine cheese shop and cafe. She'll also offer classes covering the making of, history behind and uses for cheese. To help her get the funding together, she applied to and was accepted by the Kickstarter program. If you haven't heard of Kickstarter here's the skinny. It's a central place where people can apply for financial help from the public to make their project a reality:
And here is Wendy's presentation
This is Wendy's Brattleboro Cheese website, still in construction
The shop is scheduled to open in September, which coincides with the time limit to raise money on Kickstarter. I have everything crossed that she'll make her goal. Good luck, Wendy!