Our Cheese Sommelier

Our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons spends countless hours with regional cheese mongers & cheesemakers waving the Canadian cheese flag, many now profiled in Savvy Cool Curds artisan cheese-of-the-month club.

Vanessa Simmons - Savvy Company Cheese SommelierVanessa has studied with Cheese Education Guild, Toronto, and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute, Ottawa.  She has worked as a chef and her tasting seminars & speaking events throughout Ontario make for a delicious discovery of Canadian artisan cheeses.

The Toronto Star reported that Vanessa is “openly fanatical about artisan cheese”.

She is frequently called on as the cheese expert on CBC Radio & Radio Canada, CTV Morning LiveRogers TV Daytime, RubyTV and was recently featured in Dairy Farmers of Canada All You Need Is Cheese Magazine.  Her articles have been published in Culture Magazine, Edible OttawaGrapevine Magazine, Metro News, The Ottawa Citizen.

Vanessa shares her enthusiasm & knowledge of Canadian artisan cheese with consumers as a keynote presenter at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival year over year.  She has been an industry judge at the 2013-2015 Selection Caseus – Le Concours de Fromages Fins de Quebec & at the inaugural 2014 Canadian Cheese Awards .

Vanessa is passionate about sharing the stories of the dynamic people involved Canada’s artisan cheese community & believes in the positive energy of artisan cheese.

Follow Vanessa on Twitter @SavvyVanessa or read her popular “Curd On the Street” blog posts.

Say Cheese with Vanessa!
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 video credit: All You Need is Cheese
Dairy Farmer’s of Canada www.dairygoodness.ca