Homegrown Texas Cheese Company Celebrates 40 Years – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Paula Lambert founded the Mozzarella Company in Deep Ellum 40 years ago because of her simple love of mozzarella cheese.

“I love Italy. I love the food in Italy,” said Lambert, who has lived in the country for five years.

Yet when Lambert returned to Texas, she felt like something was missing.

“They didn’t have fresh mozzarella,” Lambert said. “So I started this factory to make it.”

Today, Lambert’s 3,000 square foot location on Elm Street makes more than 30 different kinds of cheese.

Awards given over the years line the walls of the factory entrance hall. This year, Lambert added two lifetime achievement awards; one from the American Cheese Society and the other, the Grande Dame Award from the Dames d’Escoffier, an international organization of women in food, wine and hospitality.

“It’s so fabulous because the other people who won it: Julia Child, Alice Waters,” Lambert said with a smile. “It’s good for Dallas.”

Lambert is expected to officially receive the Grande Dame award this fall. However, she does not rely on her acolytes.

“Hard work and dedication, loving what you do and not giving up; that’s what it took,” Lambert said. “I just want them to recognize all the things that come together to make a perfect product.”

Barbara M. Stokes