Your Cheesemongers

Prior to my dream job of Cheesemonger, I was working as a Certified Public Accountant at Deloitte & Touche. In search of my professional passion, I quit my job, began to study food, and found myself attracted to cheese. The more that I read, ate, and learned, the more I wanted to keep going. That’s when Kendall and I started hosting Grilled Cheese Club events for friends at our house. While the dinners were designed to revolve around gourmet sandwiches, they quickly evolved into guided cheese tastings and pairings. I began to travel as much as I could, visiting dairies and cheese shops collecting as many samples as possible. I followed that with a trip to France to intern with affineur Herve Mons, and then traveled with Kendall through the Alps stopping whenever we saw a “Fromage” sign. It was an amazing experience. Eventually, with the support and commitment of Kendall, I begin to build our business.

Now I am a full-time cheesemonger with part time accounting responsibilities (old habits die hard).  In 2012, I was elected to the Board of Directors for the American Cheese Society where I continue my work as a member of the Judging and Competition Committee through which we (along with other amazing committee members) plan and manage North America’s largest cheese competition. Although job duties often demand otherwise, I have been behind the case since we opened and hope to be there for the rest of my life.

  • Favorite Cheese: The one in front of me!
  • Favorite Pairing: Ossau-Iraty (Onetik) with Hennepin (Ommegang)
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: A single cheese – either a perfect Rush Creek, Epoisses, or Vacherin Mont d’Or and a spoon
  • Dream Trip: Whatever trip takes me to find the next great cheese for our case
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Fleur de Sel. Or Tupelo Honey. Or Finocchiona. (I give up. Tough question).
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Come in and find out!
  • Cheese-y Nickname: The Cheese Man
  • Favorite Milk Type: Mixed Milk
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Pleasant Ridge Reserve because I’m a little nutty, a little sweet, a little earthy but always very dependable.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Making you smile and hopefully becoming your friend.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: Because they would hire me.
  • Other Hobbies: Being with Kendall, eating, talking and traveling. Isn’t it great when your job is your hobby?!

How does one exactly become a cheesemonger? I’m still asking that question myself. With a Georgetown University degree in Culture and Politics and a UT masters degree in Latin American Studies, I was working at a local non-profit running a program for immigrant survivors of crimes like human trafficking. John and I knew we wanted to work together someday. (To be honest, I always thought it would be at my nonprofit!) But after running the cheese club out of our house, I quickly realized it wasn’t only John who was becoming obsessed with molds, milks, breeds, producers, and the like. And from there, the rest is history. In a way, it all makes sense. A significant portion of my youth was spent rodeo’ing (yes- even being forced to run for rodeo queen!), showing sheep in 4-H, and occasionally being dragged before sunrise to help my step-father move cattle on his ranch. From watching him, I know exactly how much work goes into maintaining a ranch, caring for your animals, and trying to make a living. (I also know I’m not cut out for it, and therefore quickly nixed any idea of moving to the country to make our own cheese!) By working behind the cheese counter, I can speak to just how much work producers put into their craft. My appreciation and awe for what they do makes every bite of cheese that much more delicious and my excitement for telling you their story that much more important. Years ago, I couldn’t have guessed I’d become a cheesemonger, but I’m very proud today to say that I am one.

  • Favorite Cheese: Unanswerable, like choosing your favorite child
  • Favorite Pairing: Tomme Crayeuse (overly ripe) and summer tomatoes
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Bijou, Ossau Iraty, Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Hopelessly Blue
  • Dream Trip: Any trip! Wanting to hit up Ireland and Greece for next two ideal trips...
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Raclette Machine – with Raclette cheese of course! (And cured meats, cornichons, bread, and tomatoes…)
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Creminelli’s Salame al Tartufo
  • Cheese-y Nickname: Cheese Ball
  • Favorite Milk Type: Blasphemy. Please see answer above about favorite cheese.
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Winnimere because I’ve always dreamed of being washed in beer, plus I’m firm on the outside but a softie on the inside.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Meeting new food-loving friends and watching kiddos grow up on our cheese!
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: I couldn’t let John have all the fun for himself.
  • Other Hobbies: My life is pretty cheese-centric these days.

Casie

Sales Lead

I was an archaeologist; mostly.  To be more specific, I was still at the point where I was paying to be an archeologist, not yet to the point where anyone was paying me to be one. So I took a job as a beer and wine buyer in the meantime. Little did I know that the job I took because it sounded fun would completely change my entire life trajectory.  Like a siren's song it drew me back to my first true love...food. My father was a chef - a chuckwagon cook to be precise (unusual... I know, but trust me, you can't make that up).  When I was little we would go out to eat and I would order anything on the menu I couldn't pronounce.  When the food would come, rather than telling me what I ordered he would have me try it first, ask me what I tasted, and I had to figure it out.  He refused to tell me, but he always knew what I was ordering.  The world at large was far more exotic to me than it was to him.  I thought it was just a fun game that we would play, but really from an oddly young age we were training my palate.  I thought I would become a chef too, but after a brief 11 year stint in the front of the house restaurant/bar/catering world, I realized that the madness of a kitchen, though invigorating, would probably not be my forever home.  I also realized that there was a chance that the hours might have eventually lead to the death of me.  I must admit though, after I left that world for good, I secretly kind of missed the characters you would meet and the beautiful chaos that was a day in a restaurant.  I took everything I had learned and got a job running a boutique cheese shop in Dallas called Molto Formaggio, after which I landed at Whole Foods for four years running the Specialty department (cheese, beer, wine, coffee) at two stores in Dallas, one in Austin and one in San Antonio.  It was a great experience.  I met a lot of wonderful people, ate a lot of great cheese, and was given the opportunity to take and pass the first ever Certified Cheese Professional Exam.  San Antonio was an adorable city, but I found myself missing Austin quite a bit.  When I found out about the Wholesale Manager position here at Antonelli's I jumped at the opportunity! It has become the culmination of all of my favorite things - great people, amazing cheese, and restaurants!

  • Favorite Cheese: Harbison
  • Favorite Pairing: Montenebro and Albarino
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Red Hawk, Chabrin, Roquefort stuffed dates, toasted walnuts, Gaeta olives sprinkled with harissa, wild flower honey
  • Dream Trip: Working the cheese caves with Herve Mons
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Duck Speck and Macabeu
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Mt Tam
  • Cheese-y Nickname: The Cheese Wiz
  • Favorite Milk Type: Cow
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: an aged gouda because as I get older, I’ve managed to somehow simultaneously become both stronger and sweeter.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Getting to be a part of that moment when someone tries something for the first time and they find it so delicious that their faces light up and a goofy, love-sick grin slides across their face. It’s magical.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: A reputation for being not only the best source for artisanal products, but some of the kindest, most service oriented people in town.
  • Other Hobbies: I run from time to time, read a lot, cook, explore restaurants, listen to my records/catch live shows… (is eating a hobby?)

Alicynn

Operations Lead

After 7 years as a fundraiser for a large nonprofit, I decided it was time to pursue my first love...food. Through a series of fortunate events, I found myself in Bra, Italy at the University of Gastronomic Sciences pursing a masters in Food, Culture and Communication. Every day we analyzed relationships with food, the farmer just trying to make a living, the activist fighting for a more sustainable food system, the immigrant yearning for a taste of home, or the artisan who is hungry to keep a food tradition alive. As I learned more about our complex food system there was one bite that I couldn't get enough of...cheese! Cheese is a wonderful balance of science and art. From the first moment I set foot in the lush alps of Val d'Aosta at the Fontina Cooperative I realized a life of cheese was for me. Upon graduation, I returned home to Tucson, Arizona and worked as a cheesemonger and food writer. As I pursued my dream in food, my chef husband pursued his...opening up a restaurant. Fast forward some cheese wheels and a lease signing later, we moved to Austin, TX! Lucky for me, there was a spot in the Events Program at Antonelli's Cheese and now I get to delve deeper into the nuanced world of cheese and share my geekiness with others. Life sure is Gouda!

  • Favorite Cheese: I haven’t met a cheese I do not love! Right now, my fridge is stocked with Maplebrook Burrata and Challerhocker. Both are great to cook with…well…if they last that long!
  • Favorite Pairing: During my first week at Antonelli’s Cheese I sat in on the “Perfect Pairs: Chocolate & Cheese” class. The events team paired Bellwether Farms Pepato cheese with Dick Taylor’s Dominican bar. The fruity accented the peppercorns so well; I'm hooked!
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: The ideal cheese plate is a mixture of hard and soft cheeses, some wonderful cured meats and preserves and mustards. It is enjoyed on one a sunny day and is washed down with a lovely beer.
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: I am sucker for the beer selection but then again I do really love the Robert Lambert preserves…
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Watching class attendees taste Mt. Tam always evokes the happy dance. You can look around the room and see eyes rolling back, smiles slowly spreading and usually some form of happy mumbling. What can I say, you got to love triple cremes!
  • Cheese-y Nickname: My dad always called me Sparky as a kid.
  • Favorite Milk Type: While I love soft goat cheeses, my heart belongs to the cows in alpine selections. I love how the same cheese can be so different based on seasonality.
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Challerhocker! Not only does it evoke my happy dance it means “Cellar Sitter” and refers to a child that sits in the cellar waiting until the cheese is ready. I want to be a cellar sitter!
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: It combines two of my favorite things: Cheese and People! ACS has some of the best customers. They are passionate, excited and as nice as can be. It is easy to geek about cheese on a daily basis.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: ACS is simply about sharing great product with other great people…why wouldn’t you want to work here??
  • Other Hobbies: Give me a day where I can spend hours cooking and writing and I will be one happy girl!

Trina

Office Manager

Entrepreneurship is the back bone of my family. So much so, my Dad, aunts, and uncles were raised learning how to make Mexican pastries, tamales, and cheeses to sell in their tiny hometown of San Luis Potosi in Mexico. Having worked with their hands and learning how to run a very small business, they left Mexico to set down roots in Texas. While they did not continue in the food industry, they pursued their own passions ranging from construction to beauty. After helping my family of entrepreneurs establish and manage their small businesses and meeting my foodie husband (a chef), I sat down after years of chasing my kid around and asked myself, "What do I want to do with the rest of my life?". I knew that whatever I did next, it had to involve my passions for organization, world-class customer service, and amazing foods. As fast as you can say "YUM", I found myself where I'm supposed to be; at Antonelli's Cheese eating cheese, sharing cheese, and making sure we don't lose ourselves in piles of paper.

  • Favorite Cheese: Comté, Brabander Goat Gouda, Holey Cow, and Mt. Tam
  • Favorite Pairing: Brie with fresh, tart green apples. YUM!
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: I’d love to try a Mexican-inspired cheese board. I’ve yet to try one! I’m open to suggestions.
  • Dream Trip: A cruise to Alaska. I love cold weather and I want my son to see whales in their natural habitat.
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Smoking Goose’s Pig & Fig Terrine. I love how the red wine, fig, and caul fat come together to sing a sweet and savory song in your mouth!
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: So many wonderful selections choose from! Right now, Confituras Strawberry Vanilla Bean jam. When my eight year old son tried it, he really did do a happy dance.
  • Cheese-y Nickname: The Queso Kahuna
  • Favorite Milk Type: Good ol’ cows milk.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: The passion and happiness here is contagious and their reputation for providing high quality artisanal foods and awesome customer service in the Austin food scene.
  • Other Hobbies: Writing short stories, photography, swimming, going on road trips in Mexico, and organizing water balloon fights with my awesomely large family.

Maddie

Events Specialist

I'm a recent transplant from Charlottesville, VA, and a recent transplant to the cheese world! In C-ville, I worked on a CSA farm growing amazing veggies and helping members and their families get to know the place where their food comes from. I also worked at a local cidery bottling hard cider and helping visitors taste and enjoy the different varieties. I gained so much admiration for the farmers and artisans and the hard work and love they put into their products. It was easy enough to translate my excitement for local veggies and drink to cheese. I've always been a cheese fiend and I've always loved entertaining, so working in the events department at Antonelli's is a perfect match! I'm the kind of girl who had a cheese-themed birthday party where I got only cheese as gifts (<-- you should try this, it's the best kind of birthday). Hosting cheese classes as part of the Events department, I get to taste and learn about new cheeses and share that new knowledge and excitement with others. Helping people get a deeper understanding of cheese and their own taste preferences in class is such a rewarding job! Hope to see you in class or behind the counter soon.

  • Favorite Cheese: L'amuse Gouda. I love the sweet stuff!
  • Favorite Pairing: I love Pure Luck Feta and Figs and Black Tea Preserves from Quince & Apple.
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Burrata drizzled with olive oil on some awesome Easy Tiger pan au lavain and tomatoes from my garden cooked with a little balsamic.
  • Dream Trip: An east coast vacation in fall to eat apples and drink cider and see the leaves change and visit home!
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Chocolate! If you're a chocolate lover, come check out the Salted Caramel Bar from Chocolate Maker's Studio or a Marou Bar. Both are beautiful and delicious!
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Bourbon Cajeta from Blue Heron. Goat's milk caramel + Maker's Mark = awesomeness.
  • Cheese-y Nickname: "The life of the Havarti!" or, "Havarti like it's 1999!"... really I'm just trying to make that Havarti pun work.
  • Favorite Milk Type: Goat for freshies, Sheep for hard cheeses, Cow for bloomy triple creams!
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Ossau-Iraty because I'm a crowd-pleaser, and when it's hot, I sweat!
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: I love being a host and having that be my job is amazing. The people who work at ACS are some of the most enthusiastic, positive, and invested folks you'll ever meet and those qualities are contagious!
  • Other Hobbies: I like gardening, watching videos of kittens trying to play with large dogs, swimming and playing outside, drinking, eating, hanging with friends and family, re-watching The Big Lebowski, and dancing around to Tom Waits in my living room.

Eva

Events Specialist

Several years ago I sought out the opportunity to spend a summer living and working with dairy farmers in the Austrian Alps. There, I was surrounded each day by happy cows, beautiful mountains and wonderful food, and I enjoyed learning about making cheese, butter, buttermilk and other dairy products. During this time I realized how much hard work goes into artisanal products. I learned to appreciate not only the products, but also to admire the dedication necessary to produce them. Upon my arrival in Austin I discovered Antonelli's and was immediately taken by their passion for cheese and food in general. I am excited to be part of this great team and hope to see you all at one of our events at the cheese house or around town.

  • Favorite Cheese: Walser Stolz
  • Favorite Pairing: Melted Raclette cheese with cornichons and schnapps
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: right now my ideal cheese plate would include some fresh, tangy Chevre, and a piece of Pleasant Ridge Reserve, with dark rye bread
  • Dream Trip: I have been dreaming of going to Japan for a long time. But since I am new to Texas, I wouldn't mind a Texas road trip to see the Marfa lights and the landscape of West Texas.
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: La Querica Prosciutto
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: INNA Apricot Jam
  • Cheese-y Nickname: I just found out about a cheese that had my name in it – Evalon!
  • Favorite Milk Type: fresh, cold, unpasteurized cow milk
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: an alpine Cheese made in the Alps, just the thought of being in the mountains with that stunning view and fresh air makes me happy!
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Being surrounded by people that are passionate about quality food & being able to learn and share knowledge every day
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: I love the welcoming atmosphere and true passion that you can feel at ACS, and also - who wouldn't want to work with cheese everyday?
  • Other Hobbies: reading, cooking & thinking/talking about food, enjoying sunny days outdoors (Austrian winters I don't miss you!)

Alex

Sales Rep

I’m from Austin, born and raised. I spent some time in Seattle working as a baker. And lived in Los Angeles too… spent three years there. I worked in private homes cooking for Alzheimer’s patients, in a pastry kitchen making desserts and creating an artisan cheese menu, and had an amazing time working as a cheesemonger at the artisan market/restaurant, Farmshop. My life has since become very food positive, service driven, and about small-batch appreciation.

  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Caveman Blue, Valdeon, Oma, Kunik, Robiola Rochetta… accompaniments would just be baguette slices and wine.
  • Dream Trip: My dream trip would be to go to Argentina. Visit Buenos Aires and make my way down to Tierra del Fuego to see the Southern lights. But taking a trip into space would be pretty rad too.
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: La Quercia Berkshire Prosciutto.
  • Cheese-y Nickname: Curd Nerd
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: eaten. If I were a cheese, I would be eaten.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: The thing I love about being a cheesemonger is talking with people about cheese and sharing those certain cheeses that are absolutely to die for. We might not have anything in common and I might not know anything about you, but we both love cheese.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: We all have the laid-back attitude about cheese. It isn’t a stuffy, high brow thing. It’s cheese, it’s food, it’s delicious! It’s just something that we love and we love sharing.
  • Other Hobbies: I write about cheese, I explore new restaurants and new food, I have a good workout regimen, I cook for friends and family, and a huge list of books to read. Are these hobbies? I feel like these are just things I do.

Emma

Food Service Specialist

I have recently returned to Austin after a 13 year hiatus. It's good to be back! I began my foodie career here in Austin with Whole Foods Market in the year 2000. While eager to experience all avenues of the food and grocery business, I spent some time in the Bakery, Specialty, and Produce departments. I was a buyer for 10 of those 14 years with Whole Foods and thoroughly enjoyed geeking out over budgeting and margin goals in perishable departments. After 14 years, I was looking for a new challenge after so long in the comfort of Whole Foods and moved on to a small and picturesque farm in Basehor, Kansas where we hydroponically grew living basil and other herbs. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience and I gained a true appreciation for the incredible dedication and hard work that goes behind every artisanally produced product that we have the good fortune of taking for granted in the world of food today. My partner received a promotion which lead to us moving to Austin and all I knew was that I wanted to be able to continue working for small artisanal and farmstead producers. I was looking at local farms and businesses in the area and stumbled upon Antonelli's. Every product you touch here has a story worth telling. I have truly missed the world of cheese since my old Specialty days with Whole Foods for just that reason. I am so happy to have found Antonelli's and be afforded the opportunity to tell the stories of small artisanal producers and eat some amazing cheese in the process!

  • Favorite Cheese: I love all cheese! But right now I'm really digging Dunbarton Blue and Sternschnuppe.
  • Favorite Pairing: Nettle Meadow Kunik and a bright Sauvingon Blanc
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Speck, Gruyere and Cornichons
  • Dream Trip: I'd love to go to Denmark and Sweden
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Tasmanian Honey
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: June's Joy
  • Cheese-y Nickname: EMMAnthaler
  • Favorite Milk Type: Any and all
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Challerhocker, surprising people endlessly with complex nuttiness
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Being able to represent the incredible work that goes goes behind every taste of cheese, telling their stories, sharing their passions.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: ecause everyone who works here is amazing! And getting to try a plethora of amazing products everyday is an awesome perk.
  • Other Hobbies: Hanging out with my family, spending as much time as possible with my awesome three year old son. I also love hiking around Austin, reading mysteries, collecting records and cooking.

Dick

Delivery Driver

I visited a wonderful cheese shop the late 1980's when I lived near Summit, New Jersey, just west of New York City.  I had never been in a shop where the cheese was laid out on long wooden shelves behind the counter.  Most of the cheese was at air-conditioned room temperature, and it was fresh, a wonderful experience!  I have been in love with natural cheeses of all sorts since then.  My wife, Sue, and I have traveled in Europe, and a little in South America over the years, and we have always sought out and enjoyed local cheeses and specialty foods.  For me, these are learning experiences as local specialty foods reflect the culture of which they are a product.  I am passionate about cheese, I love good food and wine, and I love to cook.  As owners of the Federal House Inn Bed & Breakfast in western Massachusetts for several years, Sue and I served a delicious breakfast for up to twenty-four guests every morning.  Running a B&B is hard work, but creating delicious breakfasts for our guests was a huge reward for me, and providing an elegant dining experience provided the same reward for Sue.  Antonelli’s Cheese Shop provides delicious cheeses and related products, and an elegant tasting and purchasing experience (both at the shop and at the cheese classes).  Consequently, I feel right at home here.

  • Favorite Cheese: Epoisses
  • Favorite Pairing: Bucheron and moderately Chilled Chablis
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: One each of Antonelli’s seven major styles of cheese, Marcona Almonds, and fresh pear slices
  • Dream Trip: A cheese tour of France, Spain or Italy
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Thinly sliced Speck
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Moderately ripe Camembert
  • Cheese-y Nickname: Mozzarella Di Bufala Bill Cody
  • Favorite Milk Type: Goat's milk
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: An aged cheddar, salty and sweet with a long finish
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: To be around cheese and to be part of the wonderful food scene here in Austin.
  • Other Hobbies: Cooking, wine, travel, bird watching and enjoying music.

Dana

Cheesemonger

Born and raised just north of Albuquerque, I was introduced to good food at a young age by my mom who loves to garden and my dad who loves to cook, though it took me a while to start appreciating how good I had it (there were a few years of my life where I would only eat spaghetti and frozen mac n' cheese). When I studied abroad in France in high school, I was introduced to a whole new world of cheese (and bread, and pastry, and so many other delicious foods). I moved to Austin in 2009 for my undergrad, where I majored in Plan II and Middle Eastern Studies and spent a lot of time learning Arabic. Before graduating I spent a fifth year abroad studying Arabic in Morocco - one of the things I miss most is the amazing produce that I could get there for crazy cheap prices! The only thing I love more than learning languages is food, and cheese has an extra special place in my heart. Although I'm still a novice in the cheese world, I'm having a fantastic time learning as much as I can about cheese and all of the other great artisanal products we have in our shop - every day there's something new and exciting. I'm so happy to get to work where I learn through tasting, and I love giving everyone who comes in the chance to learn along with me!

  • Favorite Cheese: I can't possibly pick - there's too many amazing cheeses out there to have a favorite! Every time I think I've picked one a new cheese comes into the shop and I fall in love all over again.
  • Favorite Pairing: Brabander Goat Gouda and Blue Heron Farm Cajeta. It's sweet creamy perfection.
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: It changes based on what's in the case and what I'm in the mood for, but it would for sure include Roelli Dunbarton Blue.
  • Dream Trip: I'd love to travel across North Africa and the Middle East, starting in Morocco and working my way up to Turkey. I'd also love to travel to Thailand and India.
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: La Quercia Berkshire Prosciutto - I can eat far more of it than is healthy or advisable.
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Blue Heron Farm Cajeta - that stuff is magic in a jar.
  • Cheese-y Nickname: Babybel, because I think I'm currently the youngest cheesemonger.
  • Favorite Milk Type: I love them all, but a disproportionate amount favorite cheeses are made with goat milk.
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Tumalo Farms Pondhopper because I'm bright and cheery and a little sassy.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: I love coming into work and getting to make people happy every single day. The snacks don't hurt either.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: I discovered Antonelli's when I moved to Hyde Park my junior year of college and fell in love - the shop was filled not only with cheese, but with kind, happy people who seemed to really love their jobs. I'm also excited to support small businesses.
  • Other Hobbies: Cooking and eating, reading, drinking dark beer, listening to music, writing, sharing stories with friends and strangers alike, and trying to make the most out of living in Austin.

Francis

Cheesemonger

Having recently gotten my Massage Therapy License, I'm not surprised at all I've found myself in a cheese shop! Both require a level of passion i've always let help guide me through life. combined with a lot of travel over the last few years, always looking for something... I knew I wanted to focus on something important. I started home brewing, trying to cook more food( even if it was pizza) but always headed towards a life full of quality! so here I am, always learning from others, my mistakes, and my accomplishments. Craft skills interest me so much, be it wine, beer, cheese, chocolate, massage, making a mix drink, whatever! Even if i can't do it, or fully understand, I really do appreciate the art, and thats why I'm here now.

  • Favorite Cheese: I can honestly say this will always be changing, but as of the time I'm typing this, I love Dante, Challahocker, CB Stilton, any of the goat goudas we have, and CKCs Midnight Chèvre.
  • Favorite Pairing: A hoppy IPA with Stilton to cut the floral notes.
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: I'd love some grassy fresh chevre and something with a sharp bite with a maple beer and chocolate drizzled with olive oil and sea salt!
  • Dream Trip: I would love to travel the world! I want to go to Spain to see Gaudis' work and go to the Salvidor Dali theater and museum - while eating and drinking the best cheese and drink offerings.
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: I enjoy our Blue Heron Farm cajeta, and the constantly rotating beer wall makes me happy!
  • Cheese-y Nickname: For now, Frambo and Francers have been given out thanks to a couple co workers. While these aren't "Cheesey" per say, they were said while under the influence of cheese for sure!
  • Favorite Milk Type: For now, goat.
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Dante because I'm trippy like the rind, start off subtle but have an in-depth flavor when finishing.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: It is honestly a soul satisfying thing being able to "break bread" with new people everyday. I love getting to share something I enjoy with people, but more so, having my mind opened by our customer to products they love!
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: From the opening of Antonelli's Cheese Shop, I would go in and just feel mystified. It was few years before I thought, "Why am I anywhere but Antonellis!?" and the rest will shortly be history!
  • Other Hobbies: I like to brew beer! Find new music, and then juggle to it. I'm building a chicken coop, and like getting into DIY stuff like that. While it's probably not classified as a hobby, I definitely consider drinking lots of coffee everyday as a hobby to me...

Nick

Cheesemonger in Training

I'm a local Austinite, born and raised. I finished up my bachelors degree at Southwestern University where I majored in Music as a Voice major and now I'm working with cheese! Who would've thought! I have been fortunate enough to enjoy Antonelli's cheese since they opened 5 years ago and have always wanted to further my cheese knowledge and experience. In the future I'd like to attend graduate school for voice and start a professional classical singing career thereafter. I'm hoping, with a little luck, that my future career as a musician will take me across Europe where I can further enjoy all forms of fromage!

  • Favorite Cheese: Monte Enebro
  • Favorite Pairing: Blue Cheese and Tasmanian Honey
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: At least one creamy soft chevre, a stinky stinky blue cheese, and some yummy coppa
  • Dream Trip: A tour of England where I get to visit all the big soccer stadiums and enjoy spectacular English beer and cheeses (of course!!)
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Castelvetrano olives (I can't ever get enough)
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: June's Joy!
  • Cheese-y Nickname: Nickajack (which would also be my stage name if/when I become a underground jazz singer sensation)
  • Favorite Milk Type: Goat
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Dunbarton Blue. Because I'd like to think I can get along with everyone.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Getting to try cheese from all over!
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: I've always wanted to work for a local business that deals with amazing specialty food items and Antonelli's was the perfect fit for that!
  • Other Hobbies: Watching any and all soccer, playing lots of ultimate Frisbee, and enjoying really awesome craft beer!

Jay

Cheesemonger in Training

Growing up my grandmother instilled a sense of importance for anything pertaining to food and throughout my youth I’ve often found myself blindly following this affinity that I don't quite understand. 5 years ago this love brought me to Austin where I became a chef and quickly realized I had stumbled onto something amazing. Working in kitchens around Austin, both low and up scale, my knowledge and appreciation for food has grown and flourished into a way of life for me. Which brings us here, now working for Antonelli’s, allowing me to follow this crazy love I have for cheese down whatever path it may take me. Cheers!

  • Favorite Cheese: Quadrello di Bufala
  • Favorite Pairing: I will always have a special place in my gastro-heart for a bottle of Saison and a nice, sharp cheddar
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Give me everything goat!
  • Dream Trip: to Ireland, to stuff my face with whiskey and some of their beautiful grassy cheese Other Favorite Shop Product: I LOVE the Wild Blueberry and Lemon Jelly by Robert Lambert. An instant sweet tooth cure if I've ever seen one.
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Easy- Tasmanian Honey, it is arguably liquid sunshine and has such amazing flowery flavors. It's impossible not to love.
  • Cheese-y Nickname: The Gouda Gangster
  • Favorite Milk Type: Goats milk
  • If I Were A Cheese, I'd Be: Chevre, so I can spend my short life with bagels and fruit…..is that weird?
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Getting to talk about cheese all day and spread my love for food around then calling it “work”.
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: simply because I wanted to represent a group of people that share the same love and care for cheese and food as me.
  • Other Hobbies: Mountain biking, Voice acting, Cooking, painting and the occasional vocal set at an austin bar

Sam

Cheesemonger in Training

I’ve recently relocated to Austin from Very North Texas, like 10 minutes south of Oklahoma, where I finished my undergraduate art degree. I was living in a tiny, post-industrial town with little in the way of farm-fresh or ethically sourced foods, craft beer selections, or places to go on weekends. Austin’s access to farm to table food is exciting for someone who loves to cook and eat, and Antonelli’s immediately appealed to me with its locally and ethically sourced products. I used to be kind of averse to trying new foods, but I spent a month in New Mexico cultivating a love of spicy foods and two months in Japan eating things I could neither recognize nor pronounce, and now I’m a fairly adventurous eater! So working in a cheese shop with a frequently rotating selection of exciting edibles really appeals to me! I also love beer and cider, so I love taking home a cheese orphan or two and picking up a bottle of something new to try whenever I get the chance.

  • Favorite Cheese: Pure Luck’s Cracked Pepper Chevre
  • Favorite Pairing: 1655 Gruyere with a porter
  • Ideal Cheese Plate: Probably Goat Gouda, Cave Aged Marisa, and Bayley Hazen blue cheese with apricots and a red IPA
  • Dream Trip: Road Trip! From here, to New Mexico, to California, up the coast to Portland and then Seattle, all the way to Canada! Eating, meeting up with friends, and photographing all the way, of course.
  • Other Favorite Shop Product: Cranberry Mustard. HOW IS IT SO GOOD
  • Go-To-Product To Evoke Customer Happy Dance: Dodge City Salame
  • Favorite Milk Type: If I'm drinking it: unpasteurized! Because I’m lactose intolerant! If I'm eating it in the form of cheese then it's gotta be goat.
  • My Favorite Thing About Being A Cheesemonger: Sharing samples with customers! Come taste cheese with me!
  • Why I wanted To Work At ACS: I wanted to work somewhere that focused on local, ethical, and delicious foods, and Antonelli’s is just that! I love our focus on educating people about the wide, wonderful world of cheese, and I love the friendly, laid-back atmosphere of the shop.
  • Other Hobbies: Film photography, camping, climbing, and board games

Bevin

Cheesemonger in Training

 


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