"Creamery Captain" Ronald Pozo grew up in Cochabamba, Bolivia where he enjoyed fresh cheeses made daily in neighboring villages. Ronald's training as an industrial engineer led him to his position as plant manager at Narragansett Creamery. He particularly loves working with people as well as on system design. His favorite way to eat cheese is in cuñapes, (cheese and yucca turnovers), a traditional Bolivian treat prepared by his wife Leila. Lastly, he'd like to mention that he is also a loyal follower of the Bolivars, Bolivia's national soccer team.
"Lou-Cheese" Louella Hill, has long-loved food. She's worked in bakeries, restaurants, with caterers, farmers and, most importantly, cheese makers (in Maine, New York and Italy). She's participated in coffee harvests, wine stompings, olive pickings, garden plantings, cabbage fermentings, mead making and more. Though she lives in the city, she tries to get down and dirty-a.k.a. play in the dirt--- whenever she can. She dreams of the day everyone in Providence will have heirloom tomatoes growing in their backyards to enjoy alongside Narragansett Creamery's fresh and feathery mozzarella.
"Market Mama" Pattie Federico, wife of The Big Cheese, adds zest and zeal to the Creamery as our recipe developer (think Pirate Spread!). Pattie has ideas for cheese applications far beyond our wildest imaginations, due in part to the fact she's been enjoying homemade, handcrafted cheeses for a good portion of her life. Pattie is the loving mother of five children (including Mark Jr.) and if she's not in the kitchen cooking up a multi-course real Italian meal, she's on the road touting the marvels of our award winning ricotta or our super-aged Atwell's Gold.
"Milk Traffic Control" Mark Federico Jr., a loyal Yankees fan, can't help but be caught up with the curd. By 14, he was working with his father's company. He attended Fordham University where he studied accounting and economics. An interest in small business development and dairy industry economics luckily brought him back to Narragansett Creamery where he makes sure milk deliveries align with production schedules. He's also one of our chief taste-testers.
"Phone Queen" You might know Janet Wennerstrom as the friendly voice who answers our phone. At the Creamery, she's the only Rhode Island native on staff and so keeps us tuned to the true local beat. Janet spent time as a child in the Creamery's neighborhood and remembers well the milk processor (Mt. Pleasant Dairy) who originally inhabited the building. Her sophisticated sense of style and her love for food and cooking have helped bring Narragansett Creamery to new heights.
"The Big Cheese" Mark Federico, grew up in the aisles of Paramount Market, his family's business in New Haven, CT. In this way, he's always been connected to good food. In 1989, Mark opened Providence Specialty Products. The company serves as an umbrella for Narragansett Creamery and produces award winning cheeses for wholesale distribution. Mark's Provida label feta won first place in the May 2007 U.S. Championship Cheese contest. He and Pattie agree that no meal is complete without a wedge of good cheese.