Our management team has more than 41 years of experience in the specialty food industry.


Derek Thielke 38 years in the specialty food industry comes from working for Mille-Lacs, Drangle Foods, Lactoprot USA, Owl’s Nest Cheese and Swiss Colony. Derek’s expertise includes developing package designs and product formulation for the gift industry and selling to the specialty food trade. Contact Derek via email: dthielke@northwoodscheese.com

Angela Thielke joined the team full time in June 2019. An artist and a very creative person, Angela has been assisting us over the past 8 years designing labels, creating new gift designs, and designing rustic containers. You will notice her influence whenever you see the name Rustic Wraps in our product descriptions or categories. Contact Angela via email: angelathielke@rusticwraps.com

Commitment to Our Community

Northwoods Food and Gift Enterprises has created a partnership with Highline Corporation and other workshops throughout the state of Wisconsin to employ persons with disabilities to assist in various ways. The mutual goal of this partnership is to provide full and meaningful employment for persons with disabilities. Our Holiday Gift Program showcases the result of that commitment.  This program combines baskets and cutting boards made by persons with disabilities, with cheese and other gourmet food items to create beautiful gift offerings. 

Our goal is to perfect this “Wisconsin Model” program utilizing Sheltered Workshops to create everyday household products. Northwoods Cheese Company, Mille Lacs Gourmet Foods, The Laze Spa and Rustic Wraps plan to take this unprecedented, private industry initiative to every state in the nation and every nation in the world. Your support of this program enables persons with disabilities to achieve dignity through work and contribute back to the community.


Privacy/Confidentiality: Northwoods Food and Gift Enterprises is committed to 100% customer confidentiality. We will never sell, share or rent our customer information to any third party. Any personal/contact information provide by you, the customer is used strictly for order fulfillment and new product advertising.

Returns: Northwoods Food and Gift Enterprises strives to meet your expectations in our gourmet food products and quality gift items. We guarantee all our products to arrive fresh and in good quality. In the event of a problem, please notify us as soon as possible and we will do our best to rectify it. We reserve the right to request that an unsatisfactory item be returned to us prior to replacement.


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