2018 SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSOR

The Chefs' Warehouse is the premier specialty food distributor to unique and independent chefs and restaurants across the US.  From caviar to chocolate, olive oil to foie gras, cheese to truffles - our ingredient selection spans the diverse needs of creative, food-driven menus.  Our perfectly seasoned team of professionals - the majority of which have earned culinary degrees - understand the unique needs of the challenging restaurant industry.  We partner with our customers to provide the ingredients, services, and tools needed to ensure their success.  Need more info? Contact the San Francisco Culinary Team today at 510-627-0093!

GOLD SPONSORS

Di Stefano Cheese - is a family owned airy company in Southern California that has a lifetime of experience, tradition and passion for making cheese.  This boutique-style artisan cheese plant is dedicated to making fresh Italian style cheeses (burrata, mozzarella, ricotta, mascarpone, scamorza, caciocavallo and curds).  Cheesemaker Mimmo Bruno was born in Puglia Italy and handcrafts fresh Italian cheeses at his family owned Di Stefano Cheese Plant, named after his father and 1st child, in Pomona, California.  Bruno got his start at a local factory in Italy when he was 11 years old.   At 12 years old he made his first vat of fresh mozzarella. The neighborhood cheese plant eventually became his after school destination, full-time summer job and “home away from home.”  In the 1980’s Mimmo Bruno set out for the United States and continued making fresh Italian style cheeses in California. Stefano Bruno’s interest in his father’s trade has captivated him since he was a small boy and he currently works full time at the plant alongside his dad and brothers, thus continuing the passion for quality artisan cheese making and tradition.

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. - In 1959 Bob and Dean Giacomini established their successful 720 acre dairy farm along Highway 1, just north of Point Reyes Station.  In 2000, together with their daughters, Karen, Diana, Lynn and Jill, the family began making cheese on the farm with milk from their own herd of Holsteins.  In 2010, the family opened The Fork, a culinary and educational center, offering farm-to-table educational experiences for trade, consumer, and private groups.  This year, the company expanded to open a second creamery, warehouse, and distribution center in Petaluma.  The company's pasteurized cheeses are produced in the new facility, while Original Blue is still made with raw milk on the farm.  Diana, Lynn and Jill now own and run the company that is recognized nationally as an award-winning producer of hand-crafted, artisan cheese as well as a model of conservation and land stewardship. The Point Reyes Farmstead product line is available at independent cheese shops and specialty grocers, at The Fork, local-area farmers’ markets and online.

The Cheese School of San FranciscoFounded in 2006, The Cheese School of San Francisco is the only independent institution of its kind in the nation. A woman-owned small business, The Cheese School is dedicated to telling the story of cheese and other heritage foods with the philosophy of "eating is learning."  The school's superlative culinary experiences educate eaters about food traditions and the people that continue to practice them through a cornucopia of education and tasting events, both structured and informal. In 2018, The Cheese School moved into historic Ghirardelli Square to share the fully realized vision of the school where eaters can learn about cheese in a welcoming, accessible, and fun environment.

SILVER SPONSORS

Bellwether Farms -  A family business founded in 1986, Bellwether Farms established the first dairy sheep ranch west of the Mississippi. Artisan cheesemaking began in 1990 and continues today in the expanded creamery. Family matriarch Cindy Callahan tends to the flock while her son and his wife, Liam and Diana Callahan, are cheesemaker and business administrator, respectively. Bellwether Farms crafts a family of aged and fresh sheep and cow milk cheeses and sheep and cow milk yogurt using time-honored traditions and fresh whole milk sourced from their flock and six family dairy farms. Located on 35 acres in Sonoma County, Bellwether Farms is dedicated to sustainable agricultural practices, ethical animal husbandry and crafting the highest quality dairy products possible. www.bellwetherfarms.com.

Cowgirl Creamery - Just north of San Francisco, in the rolling hills of Marin, Cowgirl Creamery makes some of the finest cheeses in the United States.  In 1997, former chefs Sue Conley and Peggy Smith channeled their culinary and environmental ideals into artisan cheesemaking by opening Cowgirl Creamery.  Today, the company produces a variety of fresh, bloomy, and aged cheeses by using milk from neighboring dairies and championing their local milkshed.  Two decades, dozens awards (including induction into the Guilde des Fromagers), two creameries and two retails stores later, Cowgirl Creamery continues to help pioneer the American artisan cheese movement.

Formaticum

Gourmet News, the leading business newspaper of the specialty foods industry, is also the publisher of The Cheese Guide, a semi-annual look at the cheeses and cheesemakers who now have the U.S. ranked as the source of some of the best cheeses the world has to offer.  Visit www.gourmetnews.com to subscribe.

GreenLeaf connects premium California growers and artisan food producers with the exceptional chefs in San Francisco and the Bay Area. We distribute a large array of outstanding produce, cheese, dairy, specialty and frozen products to the best restaurants, hotels, resorts, country clubs, universities and corporate cafes. For more than 40 years we have worked with our growers and producers, helping both the farmers and chefs build business by providing our customers the best local products available. We continue to build these unique relationships as we strive to provide ingredients that matter to our chefs.  Greenleaf is happy to support the Californian Artisan Cheese Guild and their advocacy for current and future generations of cheesemakers.

Qualtech offer a wide range of specialized manufacturing equipment, process capabilities and stainless steel components, which are manufactured and tailored to the needs of our customers. Our unique expertise includes engineering, design, construction, installation and automation capabilities. We respond precisely, with competence and rigour, to the needs of our customers.

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