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We have an amazing group of energetic, orange-wearing, Baby Loaf bus-driving, super cheese-loving people who are on the road with the the Loaf Love Tour this year (see if they’re headed your way). They’re currently in Phoenix, but they’ll be visiting other U.S. cities with the mission of delivering tasty Tillamook Cheese to the people! 

Now, without further ado, meet the 2011 Loaf Love Tour team!

Alberto Ibarra
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador

Alberto

Hometown: Gresham, OR

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: I first started eating Tillamook Cheese when I was probably in diapers. I remember my mom would buy the pepper jack cheese just for me to put in my quesadillas. She would sometimes mix the Medium Cheddar and the Pepper Jack Cheese together. To this day I still do it.

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: My favorite cheese would be the Hot Habanero Jack

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: I can honestly say I like it just because it actually tastes like cheese is supposed to taste. I also like the fact that it’s a natural cheese. But more importantly, that Tillamook is a farmer owned co-op.

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: I would say Cookie Dough because I don’t think you will ever meet anyone who likes cookies as much as I do… I like them so much that I don’t share!

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: That Tillamook is a farmer owned co-op

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: I would say the Grilled Cheese Invitational would have to the cheesiest thing I have ever done!

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol.

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: Well, in the summer you will probably find me camping and hanging out somewhere in the outdoors. But once fall and winter come around, you will find me deep in the beautiful Oregon woods hunting. Other than that, you’ll just find me in Gresham, Oregon hanging out with friends, family and my dog Sage!

Andrea Deyling
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador 

Andrea

Hometown: Cleveland, OH 

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: Three years. I don’t know how I survived before then! 

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: The 3 Year Vintage White Extra Sharp Cheddar Wedge. 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: I love Tillamook’s principles and values and I love the VW Yum buses and the tasty cheese they bring! 

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: Udderly Chocolate! Because I loaf it and so does everyone else… and isn’t that really what life is all about?! What more could I ever ask for? 

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: I was amazed by the farmers we visited. Tillamook farmers start work between 1:30 and 3:30 in the morning and work until evening with no days off. Their commitment was also apparent by the beautiful farms they maintain. 

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Driven Yum buses around the country sharing Tillamook Cheese and spreading Loaf Love! 

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “Cheeseburger In Paradise” – Jimmy Buffett 

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: Running, hiking, biking, flying the skies, sailing the seas and dreaming… about cheese. 

Jason Wilde
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador 

Jason

Hometown: Roseburg, OR 

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: All my life, ever since I can remember 

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar, sharp Cheddar, or Monterey Jack 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: I love the memories that me and my family have with it… All the coast trips to visit the Cheese Factory and the fun that was had on those family outings. I also love that it’s a company that still manages to keep its roots planted firmly where they should be. 

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: Grandma’s Cake Batter… because you never know exactly what you’re going to get with me. 

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: That the main difference between all of our cheddars is the aging process (the sharper the cheddar, the longer it has been aged). 

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Lip sync the song “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” 

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “Lights” – Journey 

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: Golfing, playing basketball, or just plain living life. 

Jenn Bauer
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador 

Jenn

Hometown: Newport, Oregon 

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: My whole life (25 years) 

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: Pepper Jack 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: It’s the best cheese ever! Also, I grew up on the Oregon Coast playing sports against Tillamook schools, and after every game we’d stop by the factory… so Tillamook brings back a great childhood memory :) 

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: Oregon Strawberry! Because I’m a true Oregonian with a sweet twist. 

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: That the Medium Cheddar was voted the World’s Best! 

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “Cheeseburger in Paradise” – Jimmy Buffet 

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: Outdoors, watching movies, running, out with family and friends, shopping, traveling, you name it … 

Kelly Sanders
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador

Kelly

Hometown: Portland, OR

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: Since day one. I grew up in a house with a professional chef as a mom. She doesn’t let anything but Tillamook into her kitchen.

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: I like the spice!  Hot Habanero Jack is my favorite. 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: I’ve never had a cheese that tastes better. It’s made from the best milk possible which, I think, makes it taste soooooooo good.

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: I’d be Udderly Chocolate because I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten my weight in that ice cream over the years. I bet if you x-ray me, you will find I’m made of nothing but Tillamook Ice Cream.

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: I learned that the Tillamook dairy farmers milk their cows twice a day, every day! That means Christmas and birthdays too. I knew cows had to be milked, but I never thought about how hard it would be to take a day off from work when you are a farmer.

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Competed at the Grilled Cheese Invitational.

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: I only listen to the Loaf Love Tour playlist…so Cheeseburger in Paradise by Jimmy Buffet has to be the cheesiest.

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: I’m hanging out poolside. Being from Oregon where it’s not sunny often, I’m trying to get my fill of the sunshine while I’m on the Loaf Love Tour. 

Liam Downey
Tour Manager of the Loaf Love Tour

Liam

Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: I first tried Tillamook Cheese in 1993. Best cheeseburger I have ever had… been hooked ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: They are all favorites, either for cooking or just plain snacking.

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: Tillamook Cheese is a natural cheese. Can’t go wrong there.

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: Hmm… tough question. Most likely I would be White Licorice, simply because it is my favorite.

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: I find it not only interesting, but amazing, the amount of work that each farmer, Cheese Factory worker, and on down the line, puts in to create the most delicious cheese in the world.

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Hey, you said no personal questions!

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “What’s New Pussycat” – it just won’t get out of my head.

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: Reading, planning trips to other countries, and emailing and writing family and friends to keep up with them while I’m on the road.

Noelle Dennis
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador 

Noelle

Hometown: Portland, OR 

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: My whole life 

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: Medium Cheddar 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: I love Tillamook Cheese because it’s tasty. My Granddad was from Tillamook and grew up on a dairy farm so our family always eats delicious Tillamook Cheese. Also I like that it’s natural and made with milk from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones. 

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: Old Fashioned Vanilla – simple & classic and great with hot fudge or strawberries on top. Goes with anything! 

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: The history of the cheese and the formation of the company. Also loved to learn about how Peter McIntosh brought the original recipe to Tillamook. 

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Moved to Japan to teach English without ever having been there and speaking pretty much no Japanese at all. 

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “Chicken Fried” – Zac Brown Band 

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: Driving my ’72 VW Bug, shopping, cooking, hanging with friends & family, outdoor activities, planning trips, and traveling. 

Susan Nguyen
Loaf Love Tour Brand Manager 

Susan

Hometown: Pilot Rock, OR 

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: Not nearly long enough! 

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: Because no matter what you put it on, your food tastes better! Sardines? Yep. Peanut butter? Yeah. Apples? Of course! 

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be and why?
A: Espresso Mocha. It’s a great excuse to have ice cream in the morning! 

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: I love the fact that such a great product is made with only four ingredients. 

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: I loaf all kinds of food and once went out of my way and then waited two hours to watch bacon-clad mascots wrestle in huge vats of mayo. 

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “Tainted Love” – and I have no shame! 

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: The Loaf Love Tour lets me see the United States, but when I’m not sharing the Loaf Love, I travel all over the world. 

Tyler Comodor
Loaf Love Tour Brand Ambassador 

Tyler

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA 

Q: How long have you been eating Tillamook Cheese?
A: Two years 

Q: What’s your favorite Tillamook Cheese?
A: The flavor, the flavor! 

Q: Why do you love Tillamook Cheese?
A: All of its natural goodness. 

Q: If you were a Tillamook Ice Cream flavor, which one would you be?
A: Got to go with Sticky Bun. 

Q: What’s the most interesting fact you learned about Tillamook and/or cheese during your Loaf Love Tour training?
A: Was cool to see where Tillamook ages the cheese. They have a lot of cheese aging at any time! 

Q: What’s the cheesiest thing you’ve ever done?
A: Keeping the VW Yums rolling along. 

Q: What’s the cheesiest song on your playlist right now?
A: “I’m Feeling Hot Hot Hot” 

Q: What are you doing when you’re not sharing the Loaf Love?
A: I’m on a beach. 

Hope to see you on the road!
6 comments

Molly

I love our Tillamook team. We are one big road happy family!

February 15th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Patrick Sullivan

Hello Everyone,

You guys are great. Are you coming to New York?

Sincerely,

Patrick Sullivan

June 30th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Tara

Tillamook Team

Thanks, Patrick! Your excitement for “Loaf Love” makes our day! We truly wish we could stop in every city in every state. The 2011 schedule is set, but we hope to see you on the road someday!

-Tara of the Tillamook Team

July 1st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Patrick J. Cowles

Go team go....it's all about the Cheese....

September 8th, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Emily

Hi from San Jose Ca. Great Idea! I have a friend who would love to get a die cast replica of the van for her husband. Is there somewhere she can get one?

October 7th, 2011 at 10:03 am

Jala

Tillamook Team

Hi, Emily! I'm not sure I can make that happen. But maybe this will work - http://store.tillamookcheese.com/Loaf-Love-Tour-Mini-Bus-P182.aspx? Let me know!

~ Jala of the Tillamook Team

October 7th, 2011 at 10:10 am
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