The Cheese Impresario

Barrie Lynn

Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario, writes the "Cheese Matters" monthly column in The Beverly Hills Times, and has been featured in USA TODAY, VARIETY, The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Candy, the popular food blog EatingLA and Ben Adair's "Pacific Drift" on KPCC 83.9 FM in Los Angeles and E! Entertainment. Her inclusion in the Oscars and Emmy Gift Baskets as well as the Golden Globe Awards Celebrity Retreat has brought her Artisanal Cheese & Wine Tasting Adventures to celebrities like Mira Sorvino, Oscar winners Three 6 Mafia and Curb Your Enthusiasm?s Jeff Garlin. She produces and stages cheese events at unique venues and wine festivals around the country. The Cheese Impresario also makes appearances on behalf of "all things cheesy."

"It's such a blast to see the look in people?s eyes when they actually taste a great pairing of an artisanal cheese with the perfect wine. It's that ah-ha moment - the discovery of pleasure that thrills me."
- Barrie Lynn ? The Cheese Impresario

Much of Barrie Lynn's life is now dedicated to turning people on to the joys and amazing flavors of artisanal cheeses. Her knowledge of pairing cheeses with wines will send your palate to the moon.

How did The Cheese Impresario Happen?
This former advertising executive always loved food, wine and cooking. She's been a dedicated member of Slow Food* for years and took a client to a fundraiser to benefit this organization. It was an artisanal cheese tasting and she literally flipped out! The flavors, the cheesemakers who take total pride in what they produce and the diversity of cheeses inspired her to invent The Cheese Impresario...from pure passion for artisanal cheeses.

*Slow Food
The founding father of the Slow Food Movement, Carlo Petrini, was dismayed when the first McDonald's came into Italy in 1986. He realized the industrialization of food was standardizing taste and leading to the annihilation of thousands of food varieties and flavors. Concerned that the world was quickly reaching a point of no return, he wanted to reach out to consumers and demonstrate to them that they have choices over fast food and supermarket homogenization. He rallied his friends and began to speak out at every available opportunity and soon the movement was born and Slow Food was created. Today the organization is active in 50 countries and has a worldwide membership of over 80,000.

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