One of the most touching parts of the ACS conference was the Lifetime Achievement Award for Ricki Carroll. I cannot think of anyone who deserves it more. Ricki has dedicated her helping small producers, home cheesemakers and building the ACS. I know her to be an extrememly kind and generous person as well.
In fact, probably my favorite moment of any I have ever had at ACS was in Chicacgo. I had put together a panel on whether retail (or distributor) affinage was a good idea because it was at the moment when everyone wanted to build a “cave.” Juliana Uruburu, Helder Dos Santos, Carlos Souffront and I talked about handling and caring for cheese and in the Q&A session Ricki got up and said, “I have been waiting for this panel for twenty years.” I seriously almost cried with happiness.
Thanks for everything Ricki! This is a well deserved honor.