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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.
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.
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.
KSBH-TV, Channel 41 "Kansas City Live"
If you find yourself in the Kansas City, Missouri, area or, of course, if you live there, tune in to Channel 41 for a little cheese talk on "Kansas City Live." I'll be talking about entertaining with cheese and then we're going to cook up a simple but absolutely delicious cheesy hors d'oeuvres from my book, Cheese Essentials.
Kohler Food & Wine Experience
One of the most beautiful resorts and spas in the midwest, The American Club, plays host for the seventh 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 throughout the weekend. (If you like golf, you'll be happy to know that one of the courses at Kohler, Whistling Straits, was the site of the Senior Open in July). This year, I have been teamed up with the inimitable Anthony Giglio for a cheese and wine seminar, so come prepared to be entertained not to mention feted with great cheese and wine. This year's theme: Spanish and Portuguese cheeses and wines. For my solo cheese seminar, I'll be taking attendees through a tasting of the eight styles of cheese, where we will not only learn why knowing those styles are important but we'll also get to taste some darned good cheeses.
West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe
For the first time, I will have the opportunity to teach Milwaukee folks (and beyond) about cheese. Kind of coals to Newcastle, that is, teaching Wisconsin folks about cheese, but even they are curious about Cheese Essentials too. I'll be showcasing some of Wisconsin's best cheeses (delicious!) along with wines from around the United States. Please sign up if you're in the Milwaukee area.
You'd think that Madison would have had a cheese shop devoted to the spectacular cheeses being made in Wisconsin and the rest of the United States and world, but it hadn't happened until now. Ken Monteleone has done it by opening Fromagination, a store dedicated to cheese artisans and others who handcraft their product and celebrate the art of making, not just the art of eating. They're also the go-to people for pairings with cheese, whether wine, beer, olives - you name it. I can't wait to see the store first-hand, where I'll be toasting to Ken and his "imagination," (get it? Fromagination, imagination? okay, I'll stop), and signing a few books too. Please stop by and see this newest paean to cheese.
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DeGustibus Cooking School at Macy's
There are many special places to teach classes about cheese, but few rank as high as DeGustibus Cooking School. Come join me for an afternoon of cheese education in the Big Apple (how appropriate for a cheese class, no?) and lots and lots of cheese tasting. By the end, you will be able to walk into Whole Foods, down to Murray's Cheese Shop, up to Fairway Market, Zabar's, or any place you buy cheese throughout the country or even the world, and identify the general flavors in all the cheeses you see even if you've never tasted them before. Sounds too good to be true? Come see.
Come to "EnoVersity," at oENOlogy, Chicago's newest paean to wine, cheese (and chocolate!), where resident sommelier Laurel Sandberg and I will team up to teach cheese and wine pairing. Naturally, we'll be featuring some pretty extraordinary cheeses and wines in the elegant wine cellar-like setting. Located in the downtown Hotel InterContinental, this class is sure to be fun and educational, not to mention a great place to learn about cheese and wine. Class is only an hour, so plan to stay afterward for more cheese, wine, and chocolate fun.