Hi. I'm Sasha.
I am a freelance writer and project manager living in Portland, Oregon. The winding path of my professional life is a direct expression of my growth and development as a person. Stringing my past, current and future projects together is easy if you're working with the fibers of my curiosity.
My first full-time, salaried job ever was at Charles Schwab in San Francisco. They trained me in one of the most versatile and valuable professional skills I have ever learned: project management. I spent six years in financial services before I found my way into the world of cheese.
I started my cheese career in New York City as an apprentice in the cheese caves of Artisanal Premium Cheese, going on to manage the caves at Murray’s Cheese, serve as a resident cheese expert and shopkeeper for Marlow & Sons, and consult for cheese shops across America. My interest in cheese led me to embark on a tour of thirty-five American cheesemakers, a project documented at cheesebyhand.com.
I went on to serve on the board of directors for the American Cheese Society for six years. During my tenure, I worked in concert with industry experts and professionals to develop and launch a certification exam for cheese professionals. I have taught classes at the French Culinary Institute and the Cheese School of San Francisco.
I moved to Portland, Oregon with my husband in 2008 where I wrote my first book “The Guide to West Coast Cheese: More than 300 Cheeses Handcrafted in California, Oregon, and Washington”, published in September 2010. My second book, "The Cheesemaker's Apprentice" was published in October 2012.
My husband and I opened an urban winery and wine bar in Portland in 2012. Writing became a vital, creative outlet for me during that time. My work has appeared in Mix Magazine, the Diner Journal, Saveur, the cheese-focused magazine Culture, and the online quarterly Communal Table.
In recent years I've done more writing of my own in the form of field guides to every day things like "Menopause. An imperfect primer" and "How to Make Salads You Want to Eat". I also do freelance work for small businesses; helping them to tighten the focus of their content and communicate their process more powerfully and effectively to their clients.
All inquiries: sashadavies (at) gmail.com