A fourth generation Puget Sound native, Kurt Beecher Dammeier is an entrepreneur and investor with a track record for identifying and capitalizing on emerging business-to-business and consumer products trends. In 1999, Kurt joined the food community by forming Sugar Mountain. He founded Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in 2003. Beecher’s quickly established itself as a leader in the artisan cheese industry; in addition to its original location in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, in 2011, Beecher’s opened a cheesemaking kitchen, store and restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District.
Kurt’s company also operates food businesses including Pasta & Co, Bennett’s, Maximus / Minimus, Liam’s, and forthcoming restaurant The Butcher’s Table.
In 2006, Kurt launched Beecher’s Pure Food Kids Foundation, funded by the ongoing donation of 1% of all sales from Sugar Mountain companies. The Foundation operates the Pure Food Kids Workshop, which educates fourth and fifth graders about the prevalence of food additives and their possible health risks.
After working with his foundation in Seattle and New York for the past decade to empower 70,000 4th and 5th grade students to make healthy food choices, Kurt is launching a series of food system change initiatives under the moniker Pure Food Revolution.