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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In what do you have zero interest?
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).
What are you always up for?
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.