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Grilled Cheese Invitational

Saturday, April 20, 2013
Los Angeles

Craziness is guaranteed when hundreds of grilled cheesemaking competitors and thousands of grilled cheese fans convene to celebrate the world’s best sandwich. As always, I’ll be judging, so I’m already saving my appetite in anticipation of some great (and some not-so-great, ahem) grilled cheese sandwiches. Can you say National Grilled Cheese Month? Hooray!

Cochon 555

Sunday, April 14, 2013
San Francisco, CA

Okay, so this may not be a cheese celebration, but for some pork even trumps cheese (though not for me). Nevertheless, this is one of the greatest events anywhere. Five chefs will compete for the title of regional Cochon champ as they do nose-to-tail cooking, each with one heritage breed pig. The idea? Get as much as they can out of a great-to-begin-with animal to show it the respect it deserves. Your role? Eat what the chefs come up with and vote on it. Whoever wins then goes to the Grand Cochon Championship cookoff in Aspen in June to compete with the other regional winners.

The Cheese School of San Francisco

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
San Francisco, CA

This class will be nothing short of a cheese extravaganza. In this National Grilled Cheese Month celebratory class, we'll have grilled cheese, a cheese tasting plate, and great wines to go with them. But for all the fun this class will be, it's also seriously educational. We'll taste new cheeses, learn the secrets to making great grilled cheese sandwiches, and weave in a few cheese and wine pairing lessons along the way. Can you say f-u-n?

Cochon 555

Sunday, April 7, 2013
Washington, DC

Okay, so this may not be a cheese celebration, but for some pork even trumps cheese (though not for me). Nevertheless, this is one of the greatest events anywhere. Five chefs will compete for the title of regional Cochon champ as they do nose-to-tail cooking, each with one heritage breed pig. The idea? Get as much as they can out of a great-to-begin-with animal to show it the respect it deserves. Your role? Eat what the chefs come up with and vote on it. Whoever wins then goes to the Grand Cochon Championship cookoff in Aspen in June to compete with the other regional winners.

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival

Thursday, April 4, 2013 to Sunday, April 7, 2013
Pebble Beach, CA

Few events compare with this morning-til-night celebration of great food and wine. Once again, I will be joining some of the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and culinary experts to help host four days full of all things delicious.

Friday, April 5th, 10 a.m.
The Inn at Spanish Bay
Join me for “Cheese and Wine with Laura Werlin” as we taste great cheeses from the around the world along with a stellar selection of New and Old World wines. Joining me will be ace master sommelier Dustin Wilson from Eleven Madison Park in New York. Mais oui! Although this is now sold out, there are always morning stragglers that don’t quite make it out of bed. So, if you feel like it come anyway and maybe you’ll get in.

Saturday, April 6th, 12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Lexus Grand Tasting
Please come by my table where I’ll be scooping up Spicy Buffalo Wing Mac & Cheese made with Kerrygold Blarney Castle and Cashel Blue cheeses. Get ready for a huge flavor punch all in one bite.

The Cheese School of San Francisco

Monday, December 10, 2012
San Francisco, CA

This class will be nothing short of a cheese extravangza. In one class, we'll have mac & cheese, grilled cheese, a cheese tasting plate, and great wines along the way. But for all the fun this class will be, it's also seriously educational. We'll taste new cheeses, learn the secrets to making great macs & cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches, and weave in a few cheese and wine pairing lessons along the way. Can you say f-u-n?

Draeger's Cooking School

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
San Mateo, CA

I'm looking forward to getting back behind the stoves at the iconic Draeger's Cooking School in San Mateo. As you can guess, cheese will be the focus with everything from salads to macs & cheese. We'll also have a cheese tasting of six cheeses to complete your cheese education. Why wasn't school like this?

Ferry Building Farmers' Market Cooking Class

Saturday, November 17, 2012
San Francisco

I'll be gathering ingredients from the market that morning and putting them all into macs & cheese to celebrate the brand new release of my book, Mac & Cheese, Please! What better than steaming noodles and melted, gooey cheese with fresh-from-the-market ingredients to take the chill off a fall morning? Samples for all!

The Cheese School of San Francisco

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
San Francisco

I'll be heading back to school to give students (that could be you!) a taste of some of America's greatest cheeses and wines being made today. We'll taste, learn about the cheeses - some new, some classic - and a few wines that are classics and oh-so-delicious.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to Sunday, September 30, 2012
Santa Fe, NM

Wine? Chile? Santa Fe? How much more is there to say about this spectacular event? This unique celebration of all that's good in life is celebrating its 22nd year, and not surprisingly, with each year, the event gets more popular. This will be my eighth year as a presenter, and even though there's no such saying, "eight times is the charm," the fact that this year I'll be giving a Ruinart Champagne and cheese pairing seminar with Master Sommelier extraordinaire Tim Gaiser, is proof that this is a pretty special year. Plus, I get to help break in the new digs at the Santa Fe School of Cooking by focusing on melted cheese in mac & cheese and grilled cheese form along with the wines from Ramey Wine Cellars. The event culminates in arguably the best food and wine tasting under one tent (or four tents as the case may be). The setting is the Santa Fe Opera grounds, which means that every so often, when you look up from that delectable plate of food and delicious glass of wine, you'll be reminded that this is pretty much as close to heaven as it gets.

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, September 1, 2012 to Sunday, September 9, 2012
Northstar California Resort, North Lake Tahoe, West Shore, and Squaw Valley

Like cheese? Like beer? Then drive on up to beautiful Northstar California resort in Lake Tahoe and see what happens when I put the two together. I've selected cheeses from all over the world to pair with a variety of Belgian beers including the iconic Stella Artois. There's a whole lot more than cheese going on at this event, too, so if you like great food and wine, then pack your hiking shoes and wine glasses and head to the hills.

Heritage BBQ

Friday, August 31, 2012 to Sunday, September 2, 2012
Memphis, TN

If you live within a country mile of Memphis, take yourself there next weekend for the first annual Heritage BBQ, where the town will be taken over by barbecue, heritage pork, and a BIG kickoff for National Bourbon Month (what? You didn't know about bourbon month??). I'll be talking southern cheeses along with southern wines (as in Australia for the latter), AND I'll be leading a 5k run through the outskirts of Memphis. How fun is THAT? Take a look at the AWESOME line-up, and do think about coming. Or if not this go 'round, then make your plans for next year now!

Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival

Thursday, August 9, 2012 to Sunday, August 12, 2012
Los Angeles, CA

It’s the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival - food experts, wine makers and chefs are the stars of this show!

This year join me for Cooking with Cheese! We’ll taste cheeses in their natural form, then as part of a recipe as we explore all of the wonderful ways to incorporate cheeses into your everyday cooking. I’ve selected some of my favorite wine pairings to taste with these recipes, and once we’re done, you’ll have a no-fail line-up for your next dinner party!
Saturday, August 11th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Diamond Ballroom Salon 3, JW Marriott

Cheese and wine may be best friends, but what makes a pairing work so well? In Pairing Cheese and Wine (with the First Lady of Fromage), I’ll be your guide as we take a tour through the world of cheese and discover key clues into finding a perfect match.
Sunday, August 12th, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Diamond Ballroom Salon 3, JW Marriott

American Cheese and Wine Seminar

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Cheese School of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

American cheeses have become world renowned, winning award after award for excellence. Join me as we take a night to celebrate the fabulous cheeses that American cheesemakers have to offer! We’ll take a trip across the country exploring regional offerings from the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Northeast and the best of best from the cheese making star-states of California and Wisconsin. Tasted along with specially selected wines from around the country, these pairings will have you saluting the red, white and blue!

Food and Wine Classic at Aspen

Friday, June 15, 2012 to Sunday, June 17, 2012
Aspen, CO

Taking place in one of the country’s most stunning locations, I am so excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this spectacular festival! Chefs converge on the town to bring guests a food and wine weekend experience like none other, and for this special celebration year we’re not holding anything back! There will be many surprises in store, so make your travel plans now…this is one weekend you won’t want to miss!

This year, I will be presenting two seminars:

On Friday (and again on Saturday), I’ll be teaming up with Food and Wine’s resident wine expert, Megan Krigbaum, to present Cheese and Wines Around the World. Megan tastes hundreds of wines a month, as I do cheeses, so we’ve picked our favorites from countries near and far to present for this very special seminar. Don’t forget your passport!
Friday, June 15th, 2:00 – 2:45 and Saturday, June 16th, 2:00 – 2:45

Later Friday afternoon, I’ll be showcasing the gooey, melted goodness of cheese in a wide variety of recipes in my Melted Cheese Master Class. Have you ever wondered which cheeses work best for certain recipes? I’ll show you – and let you taste along the way! Of course, this class wouldn’t be complete without wine pairings…
Friday, June 15th, 3:45 – 4:30

Seattle Cheese Festival

Saturday, May 19, 2012 to Sunday, May 20, 2012
Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA

National Wine Experience

Saturday, May 12, 2012
Washington, D.C.

Buffalo Gap Food & Wine Summit

Friday, April 20, 2012 to Sunday, April 22, 2012
Buffalo Gap, TX

I am honored to be a special guest at this year’s Summit, following in the footsteps of my dear friends Jacques and Claudine Pepin. This unique event founded by Tom Pernini of Pernini Ranch Steakhouse, legendary winemaker the late Fess Parker, and Dr. Richard Becker of Becker Vineyards, was made to bring appreciation to fine wine and food through education.

For my cheese and wine pairing seminar on Saturday afternoon, we’ll discover America’s artisan cheesemakers (with a special focus on Texas of course!) and learn about the fantastic varieties of cheese being made right in our backyards.

Say “howdy” at the welcome reception on Friday night and we’ll get the weekend off to a great start!

Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival

Thursday, April 12, 2012 to Sunday, April 15, 2012
Pebble Beach, CA

I cannot think of a better way to spend a weekend than celebrating the 5th anniversary of this fantastic festival in majestic Pebble Beach! This year, I will be joining some of the nation’s best chefs, winemakers and culinary experts to host four days full of all things delicious.

Friday, April 13th, 10 a.m.
The Inn at Spanish Bay
Join me for “Pairing Cheese and Wine with the First Lady of Fromage” as I navigate the world of cheese, pairing some of my current artisan favorites with wines handpicked by the Pebble Beach wine team.

Saturday, April 14th, 10 a.m.
The Inn at Spanish Bay
“Cooking with Cheese” just happens to be my favorite thing to do, so we are going to have fun with this one! Whether it’s a grown-up version of a childhood favorite like grilled cheese or mac ‘n cheese, a classic fondue or spicy enchilada, I’ll share new and innovative recipes with you that showcase some of world’s best cheeses. Did I mention I’ll be pairing the recipes with wine? That’s the bonus!

6th Annual California’s Artisan Cheese Festival

Friday, March 23, 2012 to Sunday, March 25, 2012
Petaluma, CA

This is a weekend that a cheese lover’s dreams are made of! It is certainly one of my favorite weekends of the year, and I hope that you’ll 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!

Saturday, March 24th, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join me to slowly melt your way into the day as I showcase recipes from my newest book, Grilled Cheese, Please! At this seminar, you’ll have the opportunity to taste scrumptious grilled cheese sandwiches in which California cheeses are the star…complete with wine pairings, of course!

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
For Cheese Essentials, Wine Essentials, I’m teaming up with Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser to take the guesswork out of cheese and wine pairing. We’ll share our expert tips and tricks on identifying cheeses, understanding flavor profiles, and just what makes a perfect pairing, well, perfect! After this seminar, you’ll be able to shop the cheese counter and the wine shop with confidence.

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