Hi. I'm Sasha.
I am a writer and business owner 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 has become a vital, creative outlet for me during this time. My work has appeared in Mix Magazine, the Diner Journal, Saveur, the cheese-focused magazine Culture, and the online quarterly Communal Table.
All inquiries: sashadavies (at) gmail.com