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, her mission is to grow sales of Wisconsin artisan cheese through celebrating and coordinating the connection between cheesemakers, cheesemongers and cheese eaters. That’s why she founded Wisconsin Cheese Originals.

When she’s not teaching classes or talking cheese, Jeanne writes and co-produces a blog and podcast called Cheese Underground. Be sure and take a listen on iTunes, or on your favorite podcast platform. Just search for Cheese Underground Radio.

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

Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals