Kurt Beecher Dammeier

Founder and CEO, beecher cheese

A fourth generation Puget Sound native and nascent New Yorker, Kurt has always felt passionately about authentic, full-flavored foods, free of artificial additives and preservatives. Through his company, Sugar Mountain, Kurt is the owner and chef of a number of food destinations and brands, including Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, Bennett’s, Maximus / Minimus, Pasta & Co, Mishima Reserve, and The Butcher’s Table. With each operation, Kurt’s goal is to demonstrate how quality ingredients make for delicious meals, without added food colorings, flavor enhancers, or preservatives. Beyond the retail world, Kurt is effecting change in people’s eating habits through his new book, Pure Food, released in July 2016, and through the Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation (501c3), founded in 2004. Each year, the Foundation’s Pure Food Kids Workshop empowers more than 15,000 fourth and fifth grade students in the Seattle Metro area and in New York City to make healthy food choices for life.