Peterson Cheese

Specialty Sales & Education

The Peterson Company is committed to sourcing the finest specialty foods available and helping you incorporate the latest food trends into your menu or onto your shelves. We recognize that education, sampling, and training are vital to helping you successfully introduce unique, cutting-edge foods to your own customers. As a resource to you, we have three product specialists on staff who are experts in our largest and most complex product categories, and who are available to provide education in their areas of expertise:

Garrett AbelGarrett Abel is our Specialty Cheese and Charcuterie program director and works closely with Izzy, our Cheese Truck Sales Representative, to manage the Peterson Specialty portfolio. His knowledge and enthusiasm for craft foods makes Garrett a great resource for information about the many unique and beautiful specialty cheeses and meats we source from around the world. Garrett can work together with your sales rep to provide you with specialty cheese and charcuterie education, tips for proper handling, merchandising advice, ideas for complimentary pairing and cross-selling, and assistance with planning a well-rounded selection to freshen up your case or menu flight!

Garrett in one word: culinarian. He joined the Peterson team in 2015 and brings with him a long history in the Seattle restaurant community. He is a Northwest native and comes to us from DeLaurenti Specialty Food and Wine, where he served as Chef for many years.

Contact Garrett by email gabel@petersoncheese.com.

Izzy CrevelingIzzy Creveling is our Cheese Truck Sales Representative and a member of the Peterson Cheese Team. Her enthusiasm for cheese knows no bounds, making her a walking encyclopedia of knowledge and a great resource to both you and our sales team. She operates the mobile cheese market known as the Peterson Cheese Truck, touring the Northwest to visit chefs and mongers and share her unending passion for curds! She’s also a seasoned monger with great tips to share about the best cutting, handling, and storage techniques for different types of cheese, merchandising ideas, pairing suggestions, and recipes!

Izzy in one word: Queen! The Cheese Queen, actually. Izzy joined us in 2016 after connecting through Instagram (@thecheesequeen), where she chronicles the cheese life she leads as a monger, ACS Certified Cheese Professional (CCP), and now our Cheese Truck sales representative!

Izzy schedules her truck route by appointment. Please contact her at icreveling@petersoncheese.com to schedule a visit.

Suzanne DervaesSuzanne Dervaes is our Chocolate and Pastry Specialist and an essential resource to help navigate the breadth of our chocolate and pastry ingredient portfolio. She works closely with our suppliers to identify emerging trends and new techniques, organize educational trainings, and source new products to compliment our full range of chocolate and pastry ingredients. With creative flair and an extensive background as a professional pastry chef, Suzanne is a fantastic training and consultation resource. She can work together with your sales rep to provide you with baking, specialty pastry, and chocolate product information, recipe tips and ideas, and ingredient sourcing.

Suzanne in one word: cheerful! She is also a graduate of the South Seattle College pastry program and an award-winning professional pastry chef, with a resume that includes Salty's on Alki, Salish Lodge, and Alderbrook Resort & Spa, prior to joining the Peterson team in 2011.

Contact Suzanne at suzanned@petersoncheese.com.