ACS Members in the News
The latest cheese headlines from around North America plus exciting news from some ACS members.
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Recipe of the Month
This month's recipe - Creamy Mascarpone Mushroom Soup
- comes from Debbie Crave at Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese.
When you sponsor the ACS
Conference, you lay the groundwork for powerful, long-lasting relationships with other people and businesses in our industry.
Please take a few moments to look over the 2010 program, which you may view by clicking here.
We hope you will agree that your participation is not only
philanthropic in developing the American artisanal cheese industry but
also beneficial to your company's own marketing and public relations
|Sixth Annual Oregon Cheese Festival
Oregon-inspired culinary events, including a Meet the Winemakers and Cheesemakers Dinner and a farmer's market-style artisan food and wine festival, will kick off with the Oregon Cheese Festival this weekend.
March NASFT Webinar
We are excited to announce another opportunity for ACS members to attend an NASFT webinar at the special rate of $59.
The next webinar is Thursday, March 18, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
North American Cheeses Travel to Paris
A selection of north American cheese were presented by ACS members at the 41st annual winter Guilde des Fromagers meeting in Paris France.
Message from ACS President David Gremmels
The American Cheese Society's new Executive Director, Nora
Weiser, its board of directors, dedicated volunteers and brilliant
advisor Steve Baer of SMB Holdings have been busy with the transition
to self management and prioritizing strategic initiatives while
building an information rich, interactive and fun conference.
am excited to share a few of the speakers our conference co-chairs,
Sasha Davies and Kurt Dammeier, have lined up. The keynote speaker is
Laurie Demeritt, President and COO of The Hartman Group, a leading
consulting and market research firm. She will share trends as they
relate to our industry and will help us understand how to interpret and
take advantage of them.
The closing address will be
presented by Michael Pollan, Author and Professor at UC Berkeley who
will present his perspective on where human and natural worlds
intersect as they relate to food, agriculture, gardens, drugs and
architecture. Conference Registration will be announced in April.
was only four weeks ago that I announced Nora Weiser joining ACS as our
Executive Director. She has located a space for the new headquarters
in Denver, Colorado and is the process of negotiating the lease. Nora
has thoroughly defined our staffing needs and is now recruiting and
building our team. ACS has hired a new Member Services Specialist, Lara
Therrien, who joined us last week to manage and organize our benefits
and data. Please join me in welcoming Lara to our team.
is working closely with Steve Baer, SMB Holdings Corporation and FSA to
transfer all of ACS's records, historical data and operating systems
from FSA to our new headquarters. FSA, our third party management
group, has been hugely supportive of the transition to self
management. We extend a huge thank you to Tony Butler, John Bunker,
Peg Plaut, Jeff Allen, Maria Chapman and others who support ACS's
independence and transition to self management on April 1st. We
acknowledge the enormous lifting that Jeff Allen has put into working
with the board of directors in creating ACS's dash board management
tools and prioritizing ACS's immediate, short-term and long term goals.
This is your association,
David Gremmels, President
From the Judging and Competition Committee -
the Mystery of Entry Codes
"I am not a number, I am a cheese."
official judging and competition purposes you're only a code - no name,
no company, even on our most important documents: the judges'
Karen Silverston explains how a cheese becomes an entry code - Read the full article
Meet ACS Member and 2009 Conference Scholarship Winner Alessandra Trompeo and learn about how she became a cheesemaker.
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2010 Scholarship Opportunities
Cheesemaker, Student and Chef Scholarships
The ACS Scholarship Committee is excited to announce that it
is now accepting applications for scholarships to attend the 2010 Annual
Conference & Competition in Seattle, August 25-28!
In addition to the full and partial cheesemaker scholarships, there is also an opportunity for one full scholarship to
a student member and one partial scholarship to a regional chef.
A full scholarship allows for a complimentary conference registration, four
night's hotel accommodation, and up to $500 towards travel expenses. A partial
scholarship provides a complimentary registration to the conference - a $450
For more information about each of the scholarships, to apply online, or to
download an application please click here. Scholarships
will be awarded based on need and merit. The deadline for receipt of all
scholarship application materials is April 30, 2010!
Good luck to all,
ACS Scholarship Committee Chair
John Cromptom Memorial Trust Scholarship for Retailers
The John Crompton Memorial Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce
the Third Annual John Crompton Memorial Scholarship(s) earmarked for
retail industry attendees of the 2010 American Cheese Society
Eligible applicants are current members of the specialty food retail trade exhibiting
enthusiasm and dedication to the cheese industry and a desire to
further their education in the field. Educated and passionate
retailers are integral to the long-term growth of the American
specialty cheese industry, and the purpose of these scholarships is to
assist attendees who might otherwise not be able to travel to the
American Cheese Society Annual Conference.
Interested applicants may download an application and read more about requirements here.
with all the latest ACS buzz on a variety of social media. If you haven't already, check out our
Facebook Fan page (www.facebook.com/americancheesesociety),
our twitter feed (www.twitter.com/cheesesociety)
or our blog (www.americancheesesociety.blogspot.com).
team of featured contributors will keep you in the know on all things cheesy
with regular postings throughout the week. We'll also be spreading the word on the curd to the cheese-curious
beyond our industry with general interest pieces so pop by and "fan" or
"follow" ACS and invite your friends to share in the goodness.
Means ... Baby Animals!
pictures of the latest arrivals down on the farm to the CheeseWire Social Network for a chance to win ACS merchandise. Pictures can be posted by cheesemakers or those visiting the farm. The only request is that you let us know
where and when the cuteness was captured. Submit your
entries by March 31 (tag them with "baby animals," please) for a chance to