The historical merger of Gavasseto E Roncadella

After a lovely visit, tasting and watching the brilliant Italian sun go down from her shop, as we were leaving – [Marisa] looked at me sternly and said “I’m waiting for you” – meaning she would be waiting for me to go back to her dairy and talk about working together.

Carrie Blakeman, Managing Director of Rogers Collection, describes her first encounter with Marisa Verzelloni, master casara, or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese maker from Caseificio di Gavasseto and Roncadella in the eponymous villages a few kilometers from each other in the province of Emilia-Romagna in Italy. (When they first met, the two villages – Gavasseto and Roncadella – had separate dairies and Marisa was casara of Caseificio Roncadella). It was May 2015 and Carrie was in Parma for the Cibus International Food Exhibition, a show for the Italian food industry.

“I was at the fair all day,” says Carrie. “I got a call from a colleague who lives in Italy who said, ‘I’m coming to get you, there’s someone you should meet.'” It was, of course, Marisa. “Marisa and I had an instant connection,” says Carrie. She adds with a tone of humility, only to emphasize their connection, “Until we meet, [Marisa] never considered selling his cheese in the United States. I was looking forward to going back.

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