Anne Saxelby, who championed Fine American Cheese, dies at 40

“We grew up in cheese together,” Matteo Kehler, who started Jasper Hill Farms with his brother Andy, said over the phone. “Thanks to him, our cheeses are on menus all over town.”

Dan Barber, executive chef and owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY, and Blue Hill in Manhattan, said she had a cheese plate on the menu with three classic European cheeses soon after Ms. Saxelby opened her store. offered. Like Beaufort, Tomé and Vacherin, paired with three American cheeses.

“Anne’s enthusiasm for this plate was evident; I finally called it the Saxelby Cheese Plate,” he said by email. “She said the pairing was a great way to talk about not only the emergence of American cheese, but our cheese-making traditions and building on that. were creating new ways of expressing old ideas.”

In addition to her husband and father, Ms. Saxelby is survived by her mother; a son, Max Martins; two daughters, Reggie and Josie Martins; a sister, Megan Saxelby; And a brother, Bill.

Ms. Saxelby pioneered virtual cheese testing by sending testing kits to participants during the coronavirus pandemic. The store also sells crackers, charcuterie, condiments, beer and cider. (However, Mr. Martins said, Ms. Saxelby never considered going vegan or nondairy.)

Mr Briel, his business partner, said the company would continue to move forward “one step at a time”, adding that “we plan to continue our mission among local cheese makers and consumers for many years to come.”

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