FROM GARDEN TO GLASS PAIRED WITH LOCAL ARTISAN CHEESES
Tara Jasper, Founder and Free Spirit
Janet Fletcher, Food Writer
Janet lives, cooks, gardens and writes on a quiet street in Napa Valley. Her house is not large but her kitchen is…and her sunny garden is bigger yet. There, she develops and tests recipes for cookbooks and magazine features; evaluates cheeses for her classes and columns; and prepares dinner nightly with her winemaker husband. In her garden—a terraced landscape of roses, fruit trees and raised vegetable beds—she finds inspiration for daily cooking and an antidote to deadline stress.
Janet is the author or co-author of 30 books on food and beverage, including Cheese & Wine, Cheese & Beer and the forthcoming Audible lecture series Cultured: The Epic Story of Cheese. Janet publishes the weekly Planet Cheese blog and is the cheese columnist for Specialty Food and Tasting Panel magazines. Trained at the Culinary Institute of America and at Chez Panisse, Janet has taught cheese-appreciation and cheese-pairing classes to thousands of cheese enthusiasts around the country. A former staff food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Janet received three James Beard Awards and the IACP Bert Greene Award for her journalism. Her food writing has appeared in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Saveur, Fine Cooking and Food & Wine. She is a member of the invitation-only Guilde Internationale des Fromagers and Les Dames d’Escoffier.