Yes, New Year’s is behind us, and so too Superbowl. But that just means we need another excuse to party. Enter: the Oscars. Come to my class to learn how to make your own red carpet debut when it comes to cheese, cheesy bites, and the beverages to pair with them. You’ll not only leave full, but you’ll also leave full of ideas for how to host your own party, whether in honor of that little statuette or in honor of cheese itself.
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Oscar Party Cheese (and wine!)
Grilled Cheese Happy Hour
How many grilled cheese happy hours have you been to? If the answer is none (or even if it isn’t), then come to Miami to experience delectable and decadence all in one bite. I will be teaming up with the spectacular, award-winning all-things-grilled cheese food truck Ms. Cheezious to put out some of the BEST grilled cheese sandwiches you will ever eat. Combined with the Cibo wine bar wines? This is sure to be the happiest happy hour you’ll ever attend. As for your Instagram followers? #jealous!
Cibo Wine Bar
200 South Pointe Drive
Wine & Cheese
Let’s get a little patriotic and celebrate the fantastic cheeses that America has to offer! I have traveled the country visiting American cheesemakers and am excited to bring you the extraordinary cheeses produced by these artisans. Wine/comic (my word for him, not his) Josh Wesson has paired each cheese with an extraordinarily precise American wine and together we will share tips (and humor) to ensure you’ll be able to make great pairings of your own at home.
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
1 Lincoln Road
American Cheese and Wine
So you think you’ve got a handle on American artisan cheeses? Think again. New ones are sprouting up like wild mushrooms, and that’s a good thing. Come taste the latest and greatest at my class in which I’ll not only be featuring cheeses from far-flung places, but I’ll also be showcasing stellar American wines that go with them.
10th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival
Cheese dreams are made of these! A weekend of all cheese, all the time and therefore one of the best weekends all year for cheese lovers. Plan to head to northern California to interact with artisan cheesemakers, brewers, vintners, chefs and those who know cheese best. The festival hosts a variety of seminars, tours, tastings and parties in which you will share in all the best that California has to offer, it’s truly a cheesy treat!
Friday, March 18th; All day
This is Cheese Tour day, which in my case means I’ll be leading a seminar called Legends and Legacies with, well, cheese legends as part of a day-long tour of creameries in West Marin County. The cheese legends gracing my panel include the founder of Cypress Grove Chevrè, Mary Keehn, the founder of Redwood Hill Farm, Jennifer Bice, and the head honcho and owner at Sierra Cheese in southern California, Phillip Franco. There are several other cheese tours this day as well as on Saturday, so take your pick (if they’re not already sold out!).
Saturday, March 19th; 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Farm to Table, Bean to Bar
If you couldn’t guess, this is a deep dive into the topic of artisan cheese and American chocolate-pairing. Bean-to-bar means the chocolate producer sources the cocoa beans and turns them into delectable chocolate. It’s a growing movement that parallels the American artisan cheese movement. On the same plate the cheeses and chocolates will not only give you a taste of the way sweet and savory dovetail beautifully together but also a window into how and why hand-sourced and handmade products really matter.
This is your chance to taste more California and other western states’ cheeses all under the big top. There will also be cheese accompaniments made by small producers as well as wines and beers to taste along the way. This is the best and tastiest one-stop shopping you’ll ever need to do. Best of all, you can take home the cheeses you fall in love with because the cheesemakers will be there to sell their cheeses directly to you.
Food & Wine Classic at Aspen
Yeah, I’m pretty thrilled to be returning for my eleventh year at this classic of Classics. This year, I’ll once again be waving the American cheese and wine flag as I bring seminar attendees along on a deep-dive into the cheeses of the East and West Coasts. The wines, however, will almost certainly be West Coast only (what can I say?).
But that’s not all. In addition to the American themed seminar, I am teaming up with one of the country’s best, most affable, most knowledgeable, most AWESOME master sommeliers (WE Sommelier of the Year, in fact), restaurant owners, and runners(!), Bobby Stuckey to do Italian cheeses and wines. Bobby is the co-owner of a few restaurants in Boulder, Colorado, but his flagship restaurant, Frasca Food and Wine, pretty much put the Boulder culinary scene on the map. The cuisine is northern Italian, but the cheeses and wines at our seminar will span the entire boot. The cheeses I’ve selected will BLOW YOUR MIND. You can be sure that the wines Bobby chooses to go with them will do the same. Get in line now!