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American fine cheese champion Anne Saxelby dies at 40


“We grew up in cheese together,” said Mateo Kehler, who founded Jasper Hill Farm with his brother Andy, over the phone. “Thanks to her, our cheeses are on the menu throughout the city.

Dan Barber, the executive chef and owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY, and Blue Hill in Manhattan, said that shortly after Ms Saxelby opened her store he offered a plate of cheese on the menu. with three classic European cheeses. , like Beaufort, Tomme and Vacherin, accompanied by three American cheeses.

“Anne’s excitement for this plate was palpable; in the end, I called it the Saxelby cheese plate, ”he said by email. “She said the association was a great way to talk about not only the emergence of American cheese, but also how our cheese makers are building on traditions and creating new ways of expressing old ideas. “

Besides her husband and father, Mrs. Saxelby is survived by her mother; one son, Max Martins; two daughters, Reggie and Josie Martins; one sister, Megan Saxelby; and a brother, Bill.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Ms Saxelby led virtual cheese tastings, sending tasting kits to attendees. The store also sells crackers, cold cuts, condiments, beer and cider. (However, Mr Martins said, Ms Saxelby never considered carrying vegan or non-dairy cheese.)

Mr. Breal, his business partner, said the company would continue to move forward, “one step at a time,” adding: “We plan to continue our mission of being the bridge between cheese makers. locals and consumers for many years to come. “