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A Southern Season
Come join me for a night of Cheese Essentials with wine plus nibble on a couple of cheese-centered dishes I'll demonstrate for the class.
Parcel 104 Cheese Dinner
Every year, chef Robert Sapirman rolls up his sleeves to create an extraordinary cheese dinner. He always invites chefs from around the Bay Area to make each course, and this year is no exception. The chefs and their courses are a mystery, but judging from past cheese dinners, this one will be nothing short of spectacular. Extending the fun factor, cheesemonger John Raymond will be there, not only to provide the cheeses but also to grace us with his presence. Few cheesemongers are as passionate and knowledgeable as John, nor are they as entertaining. I, for one, am very excited about this special evening, and if you go, you'll almost certainly be making your reservation for next year's dinner as soon as you leave.
Farmstead Cheese and Wines
Join me to check out Jeff Diamond and Carol Huntington's hot new store devoted to my favorite food (and drink) for what's sure to be a fun evening of cheese and wine pairing.
Two presentations of Cheese Essentials, two locations. - Join me in either the East Bay or the Peninsula (or both!) as I cook up a storm (with cheese, of course) and take you through the Cheese Essentials lesson with wine pairings alongside. These classes are intended to teach you about almost all aspects of cheese, from cooking with it to learning how to navigate the cheese counter to pairing it with wine. You'll go home armed with an extensive cheese education and a satisfied appetite.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience
One of the most beautiful resorts and spas in the Midwest, the American Club plays host for the eighth year in a row to one of the best food and wine events all year -- the Kohler Food & Wine Experience. I absolutely love this event and know you will too, so come on up to this easy-to-get-to world class resort (it's about an hour from Milwaukee) and taste cheese at one or both of my seminars, and enjoy lots and lots of wine and great food throughout the weekend.
Friday 5:30p - Cheeses and Wines From Around the World.
I'll be giving this seminar with my friend and wine guy extraordinaire, Anthony Giglio. We will taste and pair about 8 cheeses and wines (no need to eat lunch that day!) and see how Old World and New World cheeses and wines can complement each other.
Saturday 11:00a - Wisconsin Artisan Cheeses.
For anyone that doesn't know about the world-class cheeses now being made in Wisconsin, attendees at this seminar are in for a huge treat. That's because I'll be taking attendees on a guided tasting tour through the new cheeses of Wisconsin. By tasting these extraordinary cheeses, you'll be able to see for yourselves why the phrase the "Dairy State" has taken on a whole new meaning. But that's not all. What is the Food & Wine Experience without wine? I will be pairing the spectacular Wisconsin cheeses with wines, and do my best to impart my cheese and wine pairing tips along the way so that everyone can enjoy their own cheese and wine pairings at home.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
If you like wine; if you like cheese; if you like good food; and if you have always wanted to see Santa Fe, do NOT miss this spectacular event. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is unquestionably one of my favorite events all year, and I know that executive director, Greg O'Byrne, has some amazing things in store for this, the Fiesta's 18th year. Once again, I'll be doing a cheese and wine seminar called "Classic Cheese and Wine Pairings with Tim Gaiser," The word "classic" is always a scary one because tasting is a subjective experience. But in this seminar, Tim (wine guy extraordinaire) and I have come up with some amazing pairings that will almost certainly become your go-to pairings at home.
Traverse Epicurean Classic
Just five years old, the Traverse Epicurean Classic is quickly becoming the go-to food and wine event in the Midwest. Lots of educational seminars, lots of great food, and of course, wine round out the event, which is not only fun but also beautiful because it's held on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay off of Lake Michigan. As you might guess, I'll be doing lots of cheesy events. Here's how it'll go:
Friday, 3:00p Cheese Essentials
If you've ever wondered what all those cheeses are behind the cheese counter, here's your chance to learn. No, we won't be tasting 300 cheeses, but in this class I'll let you in on the secrets to understanding those cheeses with very little effort. This will be a fun and tasty seminar to be sure.
Saturday - 11:30a The Cheese Course: Ultimate Cheese and Wine Pairings.
I'll be joined by local wine star and co-owner of Trattoria Stella in Traverse City, Amanda Danielson for this cheese and wine pairing lesson.
Saturday - 7:00p Grand Reception
At this walk-around feast, I'll be grilling up a storm as I make my French Grilled Cheese and Ham using the local (and fantastic) raclette (a superior melting cheese) made by John and Anne Hoyt from the Leelanau Cheese Company in nearby Suttons Bay, Michigan.
Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival
Autumn in Lake Tahoe, tasting and pairing cheese with wine -- can life get any better? Join me as I give an International Wines and Cheeses seminar at this Festival, being held at the world-class Northstar Resort, with Master Sommelier Bob Bath.
Nothing to It! Cooking School
I'm excited to be teaching at this reputed cooking school in Reno for the first time. In this class, I will help bridge the gap between our growing passion for cheese and the knowledge of it by taking everyone through a tasting of the eight styles of cheese as outlined in my book Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials. But an evening with cheese isn't complete without wine, so I'll be conducting a focused wine pairing lesson along with the Cheese Essentials lesson to help create an evening of education and, of course, fun.
Slow Food Nation
Join the author of The Atlas of American Artisan Cheese, Jeff Roberts, and me for an American Raw Milk cheese seminar at Slow Food Nation, the first event of its kind in the United States.
American Cheese Society Annual Conference
When the founder of the American Cheese Society decided to form an association 25 years ago, he and his handful of recruits probably couldn't dream that the membership and interest in American cheese would ever get to where it is now. But with at least 350 cheesemakers and nearly a thousand members today, the American Cheese Society has come a long way. This year's conference is sure to be better than ever as we celebrate the organization's silver anniversary with the theme, Looking Back, Looking Forward. The seminar topics are fascinating, and the cheeses, well, what can I say? They're spectacular - all 1200 of them. If you're trying to plan your summer vacation or you live anywhere within 500 miles of Chicago, get thee to the Windy City for an event you won't forget. Even if you don't want to attend the whole conference, don't miss the grand Festival of Cheese Saturday night. That's where every cheese is laid out for tasting - as much as you want or can eat is yours. Think cheese orgy and you'll only begin to get a sense of what to expect. There will be plenty of wine to wash it down too.
Food & Wine Classic at Aspen
I am thrilled to once again be leading the cheese seminars at this crème de la crème of events. This year, I'll be showcasing American Raw Milk cheeses in one seminar and in my seminar with wine guy extraordinaire, Brian Duncan, from Chicago's Bin 36 and A Mano restaurants.
I'll be doing Old World and New World cheese pairs. Brian will feature Old World and New World wines to go along with 'em. This year, the Classic will be 26 years old old, and you can be sure that the folks at American Express publishing who put this extravaganza on have got it down. It's a weekend of lots and lots of wine, great food, and camaraderie, but as much as anything it celebrates Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chefs" for 2008. It's a treat to be in the company of these great new chefs who represent the now and the future of American cooking. Even if you can't come this year, reserve your spot for next year. You'll be so happy you did.
I've been lucky enough to be teamed up with fantastic cookware company All-Clad and the ever popular Bloomingdale's department store to be part of "Cooktech with All-Clad." That means that on this day at this hour, every Bloomingdale's demo kitchen across the country will be featuring my recipe for All American Cheese Strata, which is from my book, Laura Werlin's Cheese Essentials. I'll be demonstrating it myself for Palo Alto attendees. As an added Palo Alto bonus, I'll take everyone through a tasting of the eight styles of cheese as outlined in my book. Understanding those eight styles is the key to understanding every cheese in the cheese aisle and cheese store. Afterward, I'll be staying around to answer your cheese questions and sign books for you and your cheese-loving friends and family.
Paso Robles Wine Festival
What better way to kick off the annual Paso Robles Wine Festival than with a cheese and wine pairing? If you're planning to attend the Festival, come early on Friday and get in the mood for the fabulous Central Coast wines with these special pairings. I'll be featuring American cheeses and pairing them with the wines from Treana, Liberty School, and Austin Hope. All three wineries make excellent wines, each in their own styles, and all true to the terroir of the region. The cheeses, including one from the iconic Cowgirl Creamery, pretty much speak for themselves. In a word, they're delicious.
Join me at this magnificent independent bookstore as I take attendees through the Cheese Essentials. We will taste and learn about the eight styles of cheese by way of fantastic cheeses generously donated by the Napa Whole Foods store. Of course, I'll be signing books and answering all your cheese questions.
4th Annual Oregon Cheese Guild Festival
If you're excited about all the great cheeses being made in America, then Oregon should be at the top of your list of cheeses to experience. The cheeses that are being produced in that state are nothing short of spectacular. Lots of original cheeses and a genuine understanding by the cheesemakers of how to make great cheese and make it their own is contributing to the impressive landscape of Oregon cheese. This cheese festival celebrates Oregon at its finest. If last year was any indication, this year's extravaganza is sure to be a winning combination of cheese tasting, cheese talk, cheese information, and old-fashioned fun. But that's not all. Other artisans will be there too, including a chocolate maker, wine producers, and craft brewmasters.
2nd Annual Artisan Cheese Festival
Last year saw the launch of this rare consumer-focused cheese festival, and it was hands-down a smash hit. Get ready for round two of the festival, which promises to be bigger and better. Lots of cheese tasting, cheese seminars, cheese and wine pairings, chef cheese demos, you name it. If it has to do with cheese, it'll be at this Festival. The spectacular cheeses will be primarily from California, Oregon, and Washington. In most cases, the producers of those cheeses will be on hand for you to talk to and learn from. Other local artisans will be there too. After all, this is Sonoma County, best known for its fantastic wine (that'll be here too), but also honey producers, bread bakers, and more. This is definitely a don't-miss event if you love cheese. Buy your tickets early. The Festival sold out last year.
6th Annual Cheesemaking Opportunities and Challenges Conference
If you're thinking about becoming a cheesemaker or are simply an enthusiast hungering for detailed information about cheese (not to mention tasting a few), then this conference will appeal to you. Panelists run the gamut from academics to cheesemakers to journalists to authors (yep, me too), cheese retailers, distributors, and all the people responsible for either bringing cheese and/or cheese information to the consumer. Each day has a different focus, but the common link is, of course, cheese. Check the site for further details as they become available.
Towne Center Books
The official entertaining season may be over, but that isn't stopping me from talking about entertaining with cheese and wine now. Come enjoy a casual evening of cheese, wine, and books. What better combination is there?