cheese journeys/teacher - Laura Downey
A lifelong food lover and former retail professional, Laura Downey is co-owner and buyer for Fairfield Cheese Company in Fairfield, CT and the newly opened Greenwich Cheese Company in Greenwich, CT. Since opening its doors in May of 2009, Fairfield Cheese Company has quickly become the area’s premier source for artisanal cheese and is the recipient of CT Magazine’s 2011 & 2012 Best Cheese Selection in CT and has been recognized in Food & Wine Magazine Online as a top 5 place to buy cheese in the US by cheese expert and author Laura Werlin.
Laura spent her childhood as an expat with stints in Great Britain and France where she developed a love of good food and travel. Since opening her cheese shop, she has traveled several times to the Savoie region of France and to the Slow Food Cheese Festival in Bra, Italy in search of authentic products to fill her shop and to develop a deeper understanding of traditional cheeses. Her love affair with the French Alps was cemented in 2013 when she and her husband stumbled upon the Concours Agricole de la Race Abondance (Abondance Cow Parade) in Megeve France, a tradition to celebrate the cow’s descent from summer pastures. This event has been held on the last Sunday in September since the 13th century.
Laura is an active member of The American Cheese Society, and has earned the professional designation "Certified Cheese Professional" (ACS, CCP). The ACS is the leading organization promoting and supporting cheese in North America. She is also a member of the VT Cheese Council and Slow Food USA. She is a frequent cheese columnist for local media outlets and has developed the popular Cheese School at Fairfield Cheese Company where Laura passes along her knowledge and passion for everything Cheese.
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