About the Founder


Jeanne Carpenter is a cheese geek, but she didn’t start out that way.

Raised on Velveeta on a family farm in Wisconsin, Jeanne’s worked as an award-winning journalist, served as spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, and served as the communications director of the Dairy Business Innovation Center, a non-profit widely credited for helping reinvigorate the Wisconsin dairy industry in the 2000’s.

Today, as one of a handful of American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals in Wisconsin, she works as a cheesemonger and cheese buyer for Metcalfe’s Markets in Wisconsin. Her mission is to grow sales of Wisconsin artisan cheese through celebrating and coordinating the connection between cheesemakers, cheese graders, cheesemongers, affineurs and of course, cheese eaters.

Of course, you know her here as the founder and executive director for Wisconsin Cheese Originals, an organization she started in 2009 to connect consumers to cheesemakers.

You’ll find Jeanne’s byline in a variety of regional and national food magazines, including Edible Madison, Madison Essentials Magazine, Edible Milwaukee, Culture, and Cheese Connoisseur.

Jeanne is also the author of the blog, Cheese Underground. In July 2017, watch for the launch of her new podcast, Cheese Underground Radio.

Her motto is: Have fun. Do good. Eat cheese.

Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals