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Oregon Cheese Festival

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Rouge Creamery, Central Point, OR

The World Championship Cheese Contest

Monday, March 5, 2012 to Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Madison, Wisconsin

Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing

Sunday, February 26, 2012
The Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida

Back by popular demand – Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing! In this seminar we’ll discover just what it is that makes this classic favorite a special and gourmet treat. Attendees will taste cheeses on their own and then as part of a delectable sandwich recipe for comparison each wine pairing. Bring your copy of Grilled Cheese, Please and I’ll be happy to sign it for you there!

Wine & Cheese Pairing

Saturday, February 25, 2012
the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, Florida

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 wise guy Anthony Giglio has paired each carefully selected cheese with an American wine and together we will share tips to ensure that you’ll be able to make some pairings of your own for your next party.

Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference

Saturday, February 25, 2012 to Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sonoma, CA

Rooftop Cheese and Wine Soiree

Friday, February 24, 2012
The Betsy South Beach, Miami, Florida

Start off your evening’s festivities with a rooftop cheese and wine soiree with me and my co-host, the fun and vino-fabulous Josh Wesson. We’ve selected some fantastic cheeses and wines from around the world, and the pairings are sure to please!

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Thursday, February 23, 2012 to Sunday, February 26, 2012
Miami, Florida

Last year tickets sold out fast, so don’t miss your chance to enjoy a weekend of fun, food, wine and spirits on the beaches of Miami! I’ll be joining your favorite Food Network Stars to present three special events full of cheesy goodness.

Rooftop Cheese and Wine Soiree
Friday, February 24, 2012
5 pm
Start off your evening’s festivities with a rooftop cheese and wine soiree with me and my co-host, the fun and vino-fabulous Josh Wesson. We’ve selected some fantastic cheeses and wines from around the world, and the pairings are sure to please!

Wine & Cheese Pairing
Saturday, February 25, 2012
11am
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 wise guy Anthony Giglio has paired each carefully selected cheese with an American wine and together we will share tips to ensure that you’ll be able to make some pairings of your own for your next party.

Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing
Sunday, February 26, 2012
12 noon
Back by popular demand – Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairing! In this seminar we’ll discover just what it is that makes this classic favorite a special and gourmet treat. Attendees will taste cheeses on their own and then as part of a delectable sandwich recipe for comparison each wine pairing. Bring your copy of Grilled Cheese, Please and I’ll be happy to sign it for you there!

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American Cheese and Wine Seminar

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Cheese School of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Some of the world’s most notable cheeses are being made right here on our soil, so 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. Along the way, I’ll teach you how to navigate your local cheese counter, how to select wine to complement your cheese, and much more on my favorite subject – say cheese!

NASFT Fancy Food Show

Sunday, January 15, 2012 to Tuesday, January 17, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Wisconsin Cheese Originals Annual Festival

Friday, November 4, 2011 to Saturday, November 5, 2011
Madison, Wisconsin

For anyone that doesn't know about the world-class cheeses now being made in Wisconsin, attendees at this festival are in for a huge treat! Wisconsin Cheese Originals celebrates the state’s growing number of dairy artisans and original cheeses. With dozens of different events including creamery and farm tours, cheesemaker dinners, educational and tasting seminars, and the Meet the Cheesemaker Gala, you'll be able to see – and taste – for yourselves why the phrase the "Dairy State" has taken on a whole new meaning. It’s a cheese-lover’s dream come true!

Grilled Cheese and Grand Cayman!

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

What do the letters “GC” stand for? In this case Grilled Cheese and Grand Cayman! I’ll be sharing recipes from my newest book Grilled Cheese, Please! with guests as they enjoy specially-selected wine pairings with the cheese on it’s own, and as part of a delectable sandwich creation.

Adventures in Cheese

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 to Saturday, October 29, 2011
Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman

I can’t think of a better way to share my cheese knowledge than with a gorgeous ocean view! Join me in Grand Cayman for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. The chefs of 7 Prime Cuts & Sunsets will prepare a three-course cheese inspired menu that you can enjoy while dining at a table with…me! We’ll talk through the cheese featured in each course, the cheesemakers, and the unique characteristics that lead to each cheese being selected to showcase. Reservations will be taken from 6 p.m. through the end of the evening, however only 12 seats are available at my table each night, so call ahead for a reservation. See you in the islands!

Los Angeles Food & Wine

Thursday, October 13, 2011 to Sunday, October 16, 2011
Los Angeles, California

Join me for the first annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival. Being the inaugural year, there are sure to be many fun surprises as the stars and chefs collide!

I’ll have Angelenos saying, “Grilled Cheese, Please!” as I bring my new take on the old classic to town. Sharing recipes from my newest book, guests will enjoy their grilled cheese sandwiches with specially-selected wine pairings. They’ll even have a chance to taste the cheeses on their own for an added lesson in pairing and recipe creation.

In The Magic & Seduction of Cheese and Wine, guests will have a chance to learn all about the wonderful world of cheese and wine pairing and the flavor and romance that happens within it. This is a must for anyone who wants to taste great cheeses and wines and learn how to have successful pairings on their own at home!

New York Wine and Food Festival

Thursday, September 29, 2011 to Sunday, October 2, 2011
New York, New York

This is the only festival in New York to bring together both legendary culinary icons from around the globe and America's most beloved television chefs. So book your trip to the Big Apple to eat, drink, and help us to end hunger. All proceeds benefit the Food Bank & Share Our Strength.

On Saturday, I’ll be hosting a seminar that’s a first for me. I’ll be guiding little chefs ages 8-13 in the art of making grilled cheese sandwiches. The kids and I will create this delicious classic with simple, yet oh-so-yummy ingredients.

And then for the adults! I’ve partnered up with wine expert Anthony Giglio to bring you a lesson on pairing the best in American cheeses and wines.

Sunday, I will take you through my Cheese Essentials lesson, which is designed to make understanding cheese super simple. Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson has chosen the perfect wines to go with those cheeses, and together we’ll share our tips for perfect pairings every time.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 to Sunday, September 25, 2011
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Take a trip to the “Land of Enchantment” for a truly enchanting weekend of cheese, wine, great food and great chefs.

I’ll be back with my friend and Master Sommelier Tim Gaiser to present a cheese and wine pairing we’re calling, “Say Oui to French Cheese and Wines.” We have made some extraordinary selections to help bring France to Santa Fe, and we will leave you with tips to help you bring a little taste of France into your home as well.

Later in the week, join me for a special class dedicated to all things grilled cheese and wine. I’ll share recipes from my book, Grilled Cheese, Please!, which turn this classic favorite into something heavenly. The delicious menu will feature grilled cheese sandwiches of all types, specially-sourced American cheeses, and, of course, wines chosen specifically to pair with the cheeses and the sandwiches.

Napa Farmers’ Market Book Signing

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Napa, California

Join me for a book signing of my latest book, Grilled Cheese, Please! as well as my other cheese books at the Napa Farmers’ Market. Come enjoy a celebration of community and the world-class produce and artisan goods for which the beautiful Napa Valley is known! The Napa Farmers’ Market is dedicated to sustainability, supporting farmers and providing a place for all of us to connect and learn about the best, field-fresh and sustainably grown produce, food and artisan goods available - direct from the source.

I hope to see you at the Market!

28th annual American Cheese Society Conference & Competition

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 to Saturday, August 6, 2011
Montreal, Canada

Start making your plans now to head to the province of Quebec, which is home to hundreds of spectacular cheeses. It's also home to this year's American Cheese Society conference. Check in here for more details or take a look at the American Cheese Society's website for updates.

International Pinot Noir Celebration

Friday, July 29, 2011 to Sunday, July 31, 2011
McMinnville, Oregon

Pinot fans flock to this celebration to celebrating one of the wine world's most enigmatic red grapes. This will be the 25th anniversary of the celebration, held in Oregon wine country. Thankfully, there's room to appreciate other grapes, and I'm excited to be giving a seminar on cheese and white wine pairing. There's a whole world of white wine that makes its way to the table, and truth be told, those are more often the best wines to have with cheese. If you don't believe me, you'll just have to come to the seminar and taste 'em for yourself. You be the judge.

Let's Get Cookin'

Friday, June 24, 2011
Westlake (LA County)

Join me at Westlake's prestigious cooking school, Let's Get Cookin', as I teach you the fool-proof method for making the very best grilled cheese sandwiches. You'll get to taste each sandwich, but that's not all. Because I insist on using great American cheeses, I want you to be able to taste those cheeses in their natural form. And so you will. But wait, there's more! What is a cheese class without wine? I'll be pairing both the cheeses and the sandwiches with wine. It'll be up to you to decide which pairings work the best, but what a fun task it will be.

Cochon 555

Sunday, June 19, 2011
Aspen, Colorado

This regional pigfest is a series of events that take place around the country throughout the year. Each event has 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and 5 winemakers and culminates in the Grand Cochon in Aspen. Call it the Grand Pig Event of the Year. Judges taste the ten chef finalists' pig dishes and decide who gets the award of King of Pork. I was a judge last year and all I can tell you is that yes, it's a pigfest, but what a way to burst at the seams.

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