Who we are


Our Passion is Artisan Cheese

As ambassadors of cheese and its close-knit community, we take seriously our job to sell, care for and educate people about quality cheese, both domestic and international.


Our team is made up of individuals with incredible integrity and a strong work ethic. Previously cheesemongers, cheesemakers, chefs, journalists, and more – we call upon our strengths to make our day-to-day work as valuable as possible. We are food people through and through.


Our Story

When we started Tomales Bay Foods in 1995, we planned to promote and sell the best artisan and farmstead cheese from Europe, the British Isles and the United States.


Back then, the idea that some of our local dairies might someday make their own cheeses was a far-off dream. We couldn’t imagine that twenty years later our American cheesemakers would produce cheeses rivaling the best to be found in Europe or that the number of dairies making cheese in our Northern California region would climb from a half a dozen in 1995 to over thirty currently.

We have an open dialogue with our producer partners

— an open dialogue that allows for honest feedback and quality control. In most cases, we purchase directly from the cheesemakers and speak with them on a weekly basis, so that we can best represent their cheeses. We also regularly taste their cheeses and are able to talk about seasonal differences in flavor. In addition, our Library of Cheese is a handy, up-to-date resource for our customers.