We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Lambert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Back in 1982 very few people had heard of fresh mozzarella. I had lived in Italy and love it, and I knew it was not available in Dallas. When Trattoria Lombardi was about to open, I asked the owner if he would have fresh mozzarella and he said “yes”. I asked where he was going to get it … and he told me it would be flown from Italy to San Francisco and then distributed to Dallas. I knew that in Italy fresh mozzarella was purchased and consumed on the day it was made … so I thought if I can make the cheese in Dallas then I could sell it to my customers when it was very fresh. This would be my advantage.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I always wished I could be an artist, but I never had any formal training. However, I am creative. I have always loved travel, cooking and food. When I came up with the idea of making cheese in Dallas everyone thought I was crazy … but I loved it and worked very hard to figure out how to make cheese and create a successful company. I enjoyed figuring out how to overcome all the obstacles that popped up. And I succeed in my own creative ways.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love Dallas and all the museums we have. I would take friends to visit the DMA and the Nasher. Also the Perot. Hopefully we could enjoy a concert at the Myerson or the Winspear. We would visit Klyde Warren Park. I would take them for lunch at Parigi. We would walk on the Katy Trail. One day we would head to Fort Worth and I would take them to the Kimbell and the Modern. Afterwards we could have a barbecue lunch at the Railhead. I would drive my friends through Highland Park and maybe stop in Highland Park Village for a stroll. And I would drive my friends through Downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum. Also around Downtown Fort Worth.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Rodney Lockhart, a local dairy equipment salesman
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