On October 9th of last year, the HRN community was devastated by the passing of Anne Saxelby. Anne was many things to many people. She was the co-founder of Saxelby Cheesemongers and an ardent supporter of artisan food producers. She was one of the earliest HRN hosts, launching Cutting the Curd in 2009. She was a wife and mother to 3 young children.
As the first anniversary of her loss draws near, we pay tribute to the many ways she impacted this world for the better. Longtime HRN host Harry Rosenblum speaks about his own friendship with Anne and guides us through this episode. We hear clips of Anne in conversation with her Cutting the Curd colleagues Greg Blais and Diane Stemple; speaking about the early days of Saxelby Cheese, the origins of her radio show, and her philosophy of customer service.
We also hear reflections from Brian Kenney, Deborah Matsner, and Anne’s father, Bill Saxelby, who share glimpses of Anne as a friend, as a business owner, and as a mother.
As Steven Jenkins told The New York Times, “Anne Saxelby was the U.S. ambassador for American cheese makers….her yearslong, tireless effort to promote them and make them mainstream will forever have its effect, and will long be remembered.” If you wish to carry on Anne’s legacy, consider a gift to the Anne Saxelby Legacy Fund.
Photo courtesy of c. bay milin photography
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