By Tim Kowols
A Fish Creek resident is following her passion for cheese to the next level. After earning her culinary arts degree in Madison, Natalee Ihde followed her passion to Door County, where she became a professional cheesemonger, a technical term for someone who specializes in cheese tastings and pairings. After taking short courses in cheesemaking while working at a Sister Bay goat farm, Ihde is excited to begin the next phase of her career: acquiring her cheesemaker’s license.
Wisconsin is one of the few states that require a cheesemaking license, making individuals take more coursework, participate in 240 hours of apprenticeship under a licensed cheesemaker, and passing a written exam. Ihde hopes to start her own goat farm one day where she could start a farmstead creamery.