who is tasia?
Tasia Malakasis is owner and president of Belle Chevre, an award-winning cheese producer located in Elkmont, Alabama, and author of the cookbook Tasia’s Table.
Tasia’s passion for food was borne from the kitchens of her southern grandmother, whose love was shown, felt and tasted from the riches of a big pot of chicken ‘n’ dumplins. She learned early that food was love. Later in life, when, as a teenager, Tasia visited her father in Greece during the summers, she learned that there the bounty of the table was just as rich and deeply entrenched in how families and friends shared love. Being rooted deeply in the Southern and the Greek cultures formed a magical link to food and the allure of the table that Tasia could not shake.
the road to belle chevre
Tasia spent 15 years in the high-tech space, taking a few sabbaticals at the Culinary Institute of America to figure out how to follow through on her crazy passion for food. While visiting a Dean & Deluca store in Manhattan, she picked up a cheese and was stunned to learn that the small but highly renowned creamery, Belle Chevre, was located in Elkmont, Alabama, down the street from her childhood home. This “chance” meeting of Belle Chevre and Tasia in Dean and Deluca in Manhattan led Tasia back home to fully and finally embrace her love of food and the communal table as a cheesemaker. In 2007, after quitting her job and her previous life, she worked for free for Belle Chevre for six months, learning the art of cheesemaking, and acquired the business in 2007. Since that time, Tasia has gone on to create several new lines of award-winning and highly lauded cheeses (recognized by everyone from Oprah to Garden & Gun and Southern Living) and is, in effect, living her dream. The “goat cheese guru,” as Organic Gardening calls Tasia, provides the strategic vision, leadership, and creativity required to ensure that the 20-year-old company continues to evolve as one of the country’s most acclaimed artisan creameries.
Tasia continues her work as a cheesemaker while teaching cooking classes and leading culinary journeys to Greece. Her first cookbook, Tasia’s Table, out in September 2012, celebrates her favorite cheese, Southern recipes and Greek cuisine. Heralded by Southern Living, it marks the culmination of the meals she enjoyed with her Southern grandmother, her Greek family, and hundreds of Sunday Suppers spent around a big table with great food and even better friends.
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