cheese journeys/teacher - Stephen Catania
Stephen Catania is the owner and operator of the The Cheese Cave. The Cheese Cave, which opened in February 2011, is an artisan cheese and specialty food store in Red Bank, NJ, named by Smithsonian Magazine in 2012 as one of the 20 best small towns in America. The Cheese Cave offers a varying inventory of over 100 cheeses with a focus on American Artisans supported by European favorites. The mission of the Cheese Cave is to promote a broader appreciation of the cheese world, hosting a series of educational cheese classes and weekly cheese samplings throughout the year. The Cheese Cave seeks out unique products that emphasize the true meaning of artisanal, traditional small production of high quality ingredients.
Stephen is a Hospitality veteran with over 25 years in the industry, beginning with his classic training at the French Culinary Institute in New York. As a part of his broad and diverse career, Stephen has been successful in a variety of endeavors throughout his career, holding positions of Executive Chef, Restaurant General Manager, Director of Hotel Food and Beverage Operations, Hotel Manager, Director of Operations for an Off Premise Catering Company as well as Boutique Catering Company.
Remaining true to his passion for his craft, Stephen continues to seek out opportunities to broaden his knowledge and understanding of the wide world of cheese, having attended a series of workshops and classes at the University of Vermont on Milk Chemistry, Cheesemaking and Affinage. In 2015, Stephen became an ACS Certified Cheese Professional.
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