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Cheese & Fortified Wine Pairing

The Cheese School of San Francisco
Friday, December 4, 2015

'Tis the season… for fortified wine. Think Port, Madeira, and Sherry and you’ll get the idea behind this class. Cheeses and their fortified wine partners is the theme, and it’s going to be a good one. Madeira is one of the best food wines there is (not just cheese), and so too Sherry and Port. We’ll explore the world of fortified wine and cheese pairing by tasting, tasting, tasting. Be sure to have your designated driver on speed-dial.

Say Cheese, Please!

Cook's Pots & Tabletops, Eugene Oregon
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6-9 p.m.

When it comes to cheese, there are two classics: grilled cheese and mac & cheese. Well, I’ve written two books on grilled cheese, and one on mac & cheese, and both classics will get top billing in this class. I’ll be featuring four creamy, gooey, utterly irresistible mac & cheese and grilled cheese recipes from my books along with the perfect wines to go with them. But that’s not all. I’ll also select special cheeses to feature in the cooked dishes for everyone to taste in their pre-cooked form. And last but not least, those cheeses will be paired with the wines, posing the question, which is the better complement to the wine? The cheeses on their own or with the cooked dishes instead? Or are they good with both? Come decide at this fun and decidedly cheesy class.

Cheese & Chocolate: The Worlds Two Best Foods On One Plate, One Palate

Cook's Pots & Tabletops, Eugene Oregon
Thursday, December 10, 2015
6-9 p.m.

Cheese and chocolate may or may not sound like an intuitive pairing, but together, the right pairings can be transcendent. Not only that, both American artisan cheese and so-called bean-to-bar (from the source) chocolate-making in America are unprecedented in their popularity. Get the basics on American chocolates and cheeses with me at this iconic cookware store and cooking school in beautiful Eugene, Oregon, and taste these two swoonworthy foods side-by-side in a variety of combinations. How well do they pair? Hint: extremely well. But that’s for you to judge. Besides, even if you don’t like the pairings, you can be sure you’ll love both the chocolates and cheeses on their own. Can you say “slam dunk?” Oh, and yes – there’ll be a little vino to sip alongside. Maybe even a craft beer too. Surprises await!