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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?
Montclair Holiday Stroll
Can't wait to talk Cheese Essentials with anchors Brent Cannon and Laura Garcia-Cannon in my hometown!
San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival
This event has picked up steam each year since it began a few short years ago, and now as it enters its fourth year this food and wine extravaganza is sure to be the best one yet. 60 chefs and 30 gourmet food companies create the enticing food portion of the weekend through tastings and classes and over 700 wines will be poured at the many special events including the Reserve Tasting, the Grand Tasting Event, and the many wonderful seminars throughout the weekend. I'll be hosting a seminar of my own on, what else? cheese. I'll take attendees through a focused tasting of the eight different styles of cheese to help demystify the entire world of cheese. I'll also have a couple of wines on hand so that everyone can learn the basics of cheese and wine pairing with very little effort and a whole lot of fun. Besides, this takes place along the water in San Diego. How could it be anything but fantastic? Come check it out.
Let's Get Cookin'
Join me at my cheese class in Westlake's (LA County) prestigious cooking school, "Let's Get Cookin.'" I love teaching here and am excited to return. This time I'll be taking attendees on a tasting journey of the eight styles of cheese along with their wine companions. I'll also be demonstrating two delicious recipes from my new book. We always have fun at our classes here, and I'm sure this class will be no exception. Hope to see you!
Whole Foods Culinary Center
I'm thrilled to be able to return to this amazing culinary center smack dab in the middle of Whole Foods' flagship store. There's nothing like Austin, which in addition to its legendary music reputation, has some great food and most of all food lovers. At this class, I will take attendees through a tasting of the eight basic styles of cheese, explaining how those eight styles are the key to understanding all cheeses. In addition, we'll go on a cheese and wine pairing journey with those eight styles so that no one will have to wonder what cheeses to buy nor what to serve them with ever again.
Gene Burns "Dining Around"
Once again, I have the fantastic opportunity to talk cheese Bay Area radio icon and all- around great guy (not to mention walking food and wine encyclopedia), Gene Burns. The show airs from 10am to 1pm, and the cheese time slot is 10:30 to11am.
Book Signing at Cowgirl Creamery
Following the Gene Burns program, I'll hop over to the Ferry Building where I'll be joining my favorite folks at Cowgirl Creamery and signing books for farmer's market shoppers. Should be a great cheese day all the way around.
"View From the Bay"
Details are yet to be ironed out, but what I do know is that we'll be talking "Cheese Essentials" with hosts Janelle Wang and Spencer Christian on this MOST fun and lively Bay Area news, feature, and overall extremely entertaining show on ABC Channel 7.
KDVR-TV Channel 31, "Good Day Colorado"
Once again I'll be cheesing it up with local news anchors, this time in Denver. In this case, we'll be talking entertaining. With the holidays approaching, how better to entertain than with cheese? I'll explain how to make it simple and delicious.
Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy
Ever wondered what life inside a goat dairy was like? Now's your chance to find out. The wonderful folks at Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy are opening their doors to the cheese-hungry and to the plain cheese-curious and hosting an open house. It'll be a veritable cheese extravaganza, featuring the magnificent Haystack goat cheeses and also a beautiful array of California cheeses as well. Come eat cheese, meet your fellow cheese fans, and say hello to the goat dairy folks as well as to yours truly. I will be signing books but mostly I'll be just like you - taking in the splendor of a great dairy and some amazing cheeses.