Patty Peterson

    Patty grew up in the specialty food business. Her father, Larry, purchased what was a corner store that delivered groceries to Milwaukee’s elite in 1970, and within a year started bringing specialty foods to Wisconsin. A leader in bringing then unknown products into the store, Larry’s Market was the first to sell Brie, Perrier and Croissants in the state of Wisconsin. Over the years, Larry’s has evolved from that focus on imported products to local, handmade products, specializing in Wisconsin artisan and farmstead cheeses.  Today Larry’s Market employs 25 full and part timers, has a retail store, cut-to-order cheese counter, deli and small cafe, catering division, and a gift department.

    Patty remembers “taking inventory” at the store when she was 13, and began working summers and school holidays the day after she graduated from high school. After college, and a brief stint in design, the urge to return to the store was too great, and she has been working there full-time ever since. In the past several years Patty has been committed to championing American cheeses and in particular, Wisconsin cheeses. She enjoys working with local cheese makers, and along with her brother Steve, has helped many new cheese makers get their product to market.

    A dedicated member of ACS since 2003 she has attended every conference since and was co-chair of 6 Festivals of Cheese. Patty is honored to be asked to judge again in Des Moines.