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About Us

Culture is the ultimate publication for those who love cheese. Our bi-monthly magazine is devoted to delivering the most innovative, eye-opening stories about the world’s many cheeses and cheesemakers. Within each issue, you can travel to gorgeous cheese regions, meet passionate makers and mongers, discover one-of-a-kind recipes, and even learn how to make your own cheeses. Stunning photos, engaging narratives, and expert-guided editorial lineups make culture a resource for readers of any background.

Our Mission

Culture aims to nurture passion for great cheese through accurate, engaging storytelling that focuses on the people and places behind cheese.

Our Team

Matt Thomas, CEO & Publisher

With over 25 years of experience in media, Matt Thomas has worked to pioneer new products, grow market share, and manage sales for a range of food-focused organizations. As CEO & publisher of culture, he focuses on revenue generation and building strong partnerships within the specialty cheese community. His favorite cheese is raclette.

Susan Sherill Axelrod, Editor-in-Chief

Editor Susan Sherrill Axelrod’s love affair with cheese began at age 12, when she bicycled to a gourmet shop to taste an exotic newcomer—French brie. Prior to joining culture in June 2020 her editorial career included stints at Maine magazine, Eater, and New Jersey’s The Record. She lives outside of Portland, Maine, where she enjoys a well-made cocktail and spending as much time as possible on the water.

Mallory Scyphers, Creative Director

Creative director Mallory Scyphers is a southern transplant with a wide range of art direction and design experience from ad agencies to publications. She loves checking things off lists, reading books on airplanes and happily taste testing all-the-cheeses featured in culture.

Natalie Herman, National Brand Manager

Always excited to talk fine cheese, food, and drink, national brand manager Natalie Herman uses her expertise from almost two decades of representing some of the world’s best magazines—from Bon Appétit to Vogue—to help clients succeed and grow their brands.

Stephanie Skinner, Founder

Founder Stephanie Skinner has launched magazines and media properties for over 25 years. With culture, she combines her enthusiasm for media and a love of fine food and drink.

Alli Beard, Digital and Social Media Editor

Digital and Social Media Editor Alli Beard hails from the Midwest but currently resides in Washington, D.C. On her breaks from Instagram-scrolling and cheese-tasting for culture, Alli enjoys listening to her ever-growing vinyl collection, avidly following St. Louis sports and reading poetry at her local coffee shop.

Want to get in touch with someone at culture? Try our contact us page! Want to be part of the team? See current opportunities on our jobs page.

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