Connie Rizzo, DeLaurenti Specialty Foods

Connie Rizzo was born to an immigrant Italian father and a mother from a small Iowa family farm. She was exposed at an early age to healthy home cooking and often ethnic rich foods. After 18 years of putting her college degree to practice in the counseling field she decided to follow a different passion, that of food; which in turn led her to the door of DeLaurenti Specialty Food and Wine in Seattle, WA. Connie has been a cheesemonger at DeLaurenti for 23 years; 16 of those years has been as the cheese buyer. She has continued the DeLaurenti legacy of being the premier cheese shop in Seattle in the ever popular and famous Pike Place Market. Buying cheese and managing a case of 300 plus cheeses is but a fraction of what Connie does. Inspiring passion in fellow cheesemongers, championing cheesemakers, and educating customers are all delights and challenges she embraces. She has been an integral part of the team at DeLaurenti creating and promoting the Seattle Cheese Festival for 8 years (2005 – 2012) that gave a spotlight to the artisan cheese community worldwide. Her responsibilities for the festival included organizing the seminars which brought in such cheese notaries as the late Daphne Zeppos, Herve Mons, Luigi Guffanti, Debra Dickerson and a host of other personalities du fromage. Connie has also taught a community artisan cheese class at the local Seattle Community College and participated in the community at various charitable events.

 

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