An Interview with Alessandra

Some of you may have had the pleasure of meeting our cheesemaker Alessandra, and if you haven’t, you’re in luck: it’s her turn to be featured in our series of staff interviews. We feel so very lucky to have Alessandra as part of our team — she is always smiling, brings us lots of lunch goodies, is a loyal and empathetic friend, and of course, is a talented cheesemaker.

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What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

A: Elementary school teacher or physical therapist.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

A: My work life has taught me that working hard and being passionate is the key to be happy and stay motivated.

If you could do anything now, what would you do?

A: I would take a very long hike, something like the Appalachian Trail. It has been a dream since I was a teenager.

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What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?

A: The happiest moment of my life was when I received the Christmas greetings from my brother. Now I know he is not upset with me. I had to take lots of executive decisions with my Mom and we didn’t consult much with him. I don’t want to think about the saddest.

Who has been the kindest to you in your life?

A: The kindest person to me is and has been Gaby, my companion. When I was a teenager I had a friend, Paolo, who would pick me up every Sunday to go to the mountains. There was nothing romantic between us, but we were neighbors, we belonged to the same alpine club and I didn’t have a driver license. When I passed my driving test he still kept giving me a ride. He didn’t trust my driving skills and used to call my driving license a license to kill. We are still very good friends and he still picks me up when I am in Italy and we go to the mountains.

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What is your earliest memory?

A: My dad playing with me in the apartment in Turin where my parents lived when I was born.

Do you plan on retiring? If so, when? How do you feel about it?

A: I never thought about retiring, but now that I think about it would probably be in Italy. I really don’t know when, but I feel very good about the idea of spending so much time over there.

How would you like to be remembered?

A: As a positive, optimistic and generous person.

Do you have any regrets?

A: Who doesn’t have any?

What does your future hold?

A: I hope many interesting things and lots of love.

What are your hopes for what the future holds for me?

A: Good health and love.

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What would be your last meal?

A: A big, juicy cheese burger with caramelized onions, French fries and a big meringue with a lot of whipped cream. And if this doesn’t kill, I’ll be lucky.

If you could only have 3 cheeses for the rest of your life what’ would they be?

A: Fontina cheese, Robiola di Roccaverano, Parmigiano Reggiano

What is your dream car?

A: I love my car, a blue Toyota Matrix, and now that they don’t make it any longer in the US it is a true dream car.

Do you have a favorite book?

A: I have to go for an Italian author: Italo Calvino – Our Ancestors Trilogy.

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How about a favorite movie?

A: Bagdad Café – great movie on friendship.

What is the best money you’ve ever spent?

A: Helping my mom to renovate our family home. We are much closer now and she seems very happy.

Which is your favorite dairy product, aside from cheese?

A: Cream and yogurt

What is your spirit animal?

A: I am very new to this concept. Maybe a dolphin.

What would you ALWAYS do?

A: I would always help a friend.

What would you NEVER do?

A: I would never buy an expensive car.

What are you picky about?

A: I am picky about the places where to hike.

What are you not picky about?

A: I am not too picky about my clothes.

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What are you glad to have ahead of you?

A: My future: my partner, my dreams, my friends and a new cheese adventure!

What are you glad to have behind you? 

A: My past.

What would you pay good money for?

A: Quality.

In what do you have zero interest?

A: Snobbishness.

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You totally understand the appeal of:

A: I totally understand the appeal of climbing mountains

What can you just not understand?

A: Status symbols.

You’re always late for….

A: Starting preparing dinner.

But you’re always early for…

A: Driving Gaby to the airport (because he makes me leave VERY early).

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A: I am always up for flying to Italy.

You feel for:

A: Sick people.

But for whom do you have no sympathy for?

A: I have no sympathy for hypocrites.

Are there any fears you have conquered?

A: Cooking dinner for 15 people.

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