Steve Jones is a cheesemonger, educator, and cheese ambassador. Steve opened several cheese counters in the Midwest before launching his own retail business, Steve’s Cheese, in Portland. This transitioned to Cheese Bar, a retail cheese counter and casual restaurant that offers a rotating menu built with artisan and farmstead products. In 2015, Steve further explored food and beverage pairing when he opened Chizu, a cheese bar influenced by the aesthetics and approach of a sushi bar, and Cheese Annex, located inside The Commons Brewery.
Steve’s experience includes wholesaling, brokering, affinage/marketing with Neal’s Yard Dairy, and teaching for the Cheese School of San Francisco and Food by Hand. He has also designed and led numerous classes in a variety of venues on cheese basics and cheese pairings with beer, wine, cider, tea, and chocolate.
Steve is a founding member of the Portland Beer and Cheese Festival, the Portland Firkin Fest, and Portland’s The Wedge Festival. He has served multiple times as a judge for the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) annual competition, the Good Food Awards, Oregon’s Double EE beer and cheese competition, and the American Dairy Goat Association. He has served as a panel member and presenter on many occasions for the ACS annual conference, the Oregon Cheese Guild, International Association of Culinary Professionals, World Food Travel Association’s Foodworx conference, Bon Appetit’s Feast Portland, Oregon Pinot Camp, International Pinot Noir Celebration, Foods of Oregon Symposium, and Slow Food Portland, and other events.
Steve represented half of the winning team in ACS’s first annual Cheese Mongering competition and won the 2nd Annual Cheesemonger Invitational in New York. In 2013 he competed in the Mondial du Fromage competition in Tours, France. He has appeared in local and national media outlets, including Portland’s Live Wire radio show and National Public Radio’s The Splendid Table.