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 was pivotal in the development 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 only five American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professionals in Wisconsin, she works as a Cheesemaker Liaison 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. She is also the administrator for the Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Guild, working to coordinate networking and educational events for artisan 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, Cheese Connoisseur and of course on the blog she started in 2006, Cheese Underground.

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

Jeanne Carpenter of Wisconsin Cheese Originals