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Like us on Facebook Facebook.com/GourmetInt Follow us on Pinterest Pinterest.com/GourmetInt P H 1.800.875.5557 W W W. G O U R M E T I N T. C O M S A L E S G O U R M E T I N T. C O M B O O T H 2 1 4 1 M ENTION P ROMO C ODE 514 FOR 10 OFF YOUR SHOW ORDER ! SWEETS & SNACKS EXPO Summer Fancy Food Show Booth 4220 producer profile W hen Paula Lambert first started Mozz- arella Company in Dallas, more than 30 years ago, the notion of purchasing ingredients from an artisanal supplier would have had chefs and other food pro- fessionals scratching their heads. "The Mansion on Turtle Creek had just opened," she recalls. "They had the best restaurant in town and they had employed the 21 Club to run it. They were here from New York, running this restaurant in an elegant mansion that housed a boutique hotel, and they put mozzarella and tomato salad on the menu. But they were using Kraft block mozzarella, slicing it very thinly and folding it 'artistically.' That was fine cuisine in Dallas in the early '80s." It was amid that dining scene that Lambert decided she wanted to open a business, she says, selling something that celebrated the foods she had grown to love during the five years she spent living in Italy after graduating college. What, she thought, was a staple in Italian culture but not avail- able in Dallas? The answer came quickly: fresh mozzarella. Going Straight to the Source Some issues arose for this self-described city girl from Fort Worth, who had no dairy farmers in her family. While Lambert loved eating the fresh, creamy delicacy that was mozzarella in Italy, "I didn't learn how to make it when I was living there at all," she admits. So she returned to find out exactly what went into becoming a cheese producer. Lambert on her travels in Italy Summer Fancy Food Show Booth 2342 56 ❘ SPECIALTY FOOD MAGAZINE specialtyfood.com ProducerProfiile_MozzCo.indd 56 3/17/14 8:30 AM

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