A native Oaklander, Emiliano is a self-proclaimed Good Food Advocate in the San Francisco Bay Area. A cheesemonger, educator, and broker for small craft producers, Emiliano most recently founded and directed Farmshop’s retail program, opening their Artisan Market in Santa Monica in 2011. He has worked and guest mongered at cheese counters across the country (and across the pond during a brief internship at Neal’s Yard Dairy). Emiliano currently sits on the Board of Directors for the California Artisan Cheese Guild as Trade Vice President; and organizes for the Norcal & Socal Cheese Collectives. He looks forward to opening Cheese & Sundry, continuing his promotion of traditional foods and community building in California, proud to be setting up shop in his hometown of Oakland.
Emiliano was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers in 2015. He has judged for the American Cheese Society annually since 2009, has been a panelist and moderator at the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference & ACS Conferences, occasionally teaches at the Cheese School of San Francisco, and has judged the Specialty Food Association SOFI Awards, Good Food Awards, and returns to the Cheesemonger Invitational as a judge after competing in the inaugural CMI.
Brad has been surrounded by and in the business of cheese and food his entire life. He learnt the trade of retail grocery early on, working in his parents’ shop in Rhode Island. His path would eventually lead him across the country to California where he found true inspiration learning the ins and outs of cheese and specialty distribution and importing. In 2009, Brad founded Food Matters Again in Brooklyn, NY. FMA is a culmination of years of experience and passion with a mission focused on selection, service, and a resolute commitment to cheese care, approaching distribution and logistics with a monger’s mindset. Cheese & Sundry gives FMA a retail showcase on the west coast and the opportunity for Brad to return at least in part to the retail world.
Also a member of the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers, Brad has been active in various cheese and specialty organizations for many years including the American Cheese Society, Specialty Food Association, and California Artisan Cheese Guild. Brad has presented at the Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference and ACS Conference and strives to build relationships with producers of authentic food at home and abroad.