Tasia Malakasis is owner and president of Belle Chevre, an award-winning cheese producer located in Elkmont, Alabama, and author of the cookbook Tasia’s Table.
Tasia’s passion for food was borne from the kitchens of her southern grandmother, whose love was shown, felt and tasted from the riches of a big pot of chicken ‘n’ dumplins. She learned early that food was love. Later in life, when, as a teenager, Tasia visited her father in Greece during the summers, she learned that there the bounty of the table was just as rich and deeply entrenched in how families and friends shared love. Being rooted deeply in the Southern and the Greek cultures formed a magical link to food and the allure of the table that Tasia could not shake.
About BELLE CHEVRE
Belle Chèvre has produced a variety of internationally acclaimed chevres since 1989 using time-tested European farmstead techniques. The company is purposefully small, and each chevre is hand made by its passionate cheese makers. The result is an artisan cheese with a mild and distinct taste and texture that reflects the care with which it was made.
In 2013, Belle Chevre renovated an old cotton warehouse in the heart of downtown Elkmont, Alabama into a beautiful, artisan goat cheese creamery. For over 100 years, this building has been the heartbeat of Elkmont, formerly a storage warehouse for cotton to be shipped on the adjacent railroad (now the Richard Martin Rails to Trails.)