Over the course of 30 years in the food and wine industry, Alison has proven to be an innovator, leader and collaborator dedicated to the promotion of high quality and sustainably sourced products.
From education in the Artisan Cheese Industry, to managing fledgling non-profits, she continues to excel in projects in the specialty food industry.
She is affiliated with Les Dames d’Escoffier and the American Cheese Society.
Alison is proud to be an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional and Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluator.
Today, Alison brings cheese to the people with the Roving Cheese Shop at several locations around the Sound and teaches Cheese & Wine Appreciation and Making Fresh Cheeses Classes at some of the finest schools in the region including Chateau Ste Michelle, The Pantry, Whisk, Heirloom Cookshop, The Works & bin 41. She also provides staff training and consults on all things cheese for many clients on the West Coast.
In 1992, Alison bought a small retail wine and cheese shop, Brie & Bordeaux, in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle. The shop grew from a very small selection of 10 wines and 75 cheeses growing the business to include a catering, a French-influenced bistro, a retail shop with a 500 bottle selection of wines and over 200 cheeses. B & B achieved local and national recognition for excellence in the Bistro and Cheese & Wine Shop.
Alison sold B & B in 2000 creating her own consulting company with many restaurant, retail and wine industry clients. One of her most fun projects was being the primary consultant in the design and launch of the original Beecher’s Handmade Cheese retail store in the Pike Place Market.
Recently, Alison became a member of the 2016 class of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals® (ACS CCPs®). The ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam is the first and only exam of its kind. It was launched by the American Cheese Society in 2012 to encourage high standards of comprehensive cheese knowledge and service for professionals in all areas of the industry. The exam is based on the knowledge and skills required to successfully perform cheese-related tasks in jobs across the industry. Testing encompasses a broad range of topics including raw ingredients, the cheesemaking process, storing and handling cheese, selecting distributors, marketing and communicating about cheese, nutrition, regulations, and sanitation.
Alison teaches classes throughout the Pacific Northwest in cooking schools, at wineries & in private settings.
Les Dames D'Escoffier, Seattle Chapter, Immediate Past-President
Seattle Culinary Academy Technical Advisory Committee, Past Committee Chair
Beecher's Flagship Foundation (now Beecher's Foundation), Past Executive Director
Good Meat Project, Past Board Director
Cascade Harvest Coalition, Past Board President
Seattle Chef’s Collaborative/ F.O.R.K.S., Past Sergeant at Arms
Seattle School Board Nutrition and Food Policy Sub-Committee, Past Committee Member
King County Farm-to-Cafeteria, Past Member
King County Acting Food Policy Council, Past Member