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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.
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.
12 South Carroll
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.
All American Cheese and Wine Pairing
Get ready for round three of the all American cheese and wine pairing class. This time, though, we'll get into the nitty gritty of how you can choose cheeses on your own, American and otherwise, and of course, we'll talk (and taste) cheeses and wines and learn how to put them all together.
350 Bay Street
I'll share a few Cheese Essentials with St. Louis television anchors during the noon show (12:40pm). Tune in if you're in the area.
Foster & Dobbs
Come to northeast Portland and to one of the area's best cheese shops for a class and tasting on, you guessed it - cheese essentials. Foster & Dobbs is just another way of saying "integrity" for owners Luan Schooler and Tim Wilson are all about supporting individuals and families who have a passion for quality and flavor in their products. The cheeses they carry are excellent examples, but their other gourmet food products are equally well chosen. We'll be tasting some of those hand-picked cheeses and learning guidelines for pairing them with some great Pacific Northwest wines.
2518 NE 15th Avenue
Zupan's (Burnside location)
I am thrilled to be hosted by one of Portland's best known and most loved specialty foods stores, Zupan's. I will be joined at the Zupan's Burnside location by the Zupan's in-house cheesemonger and wine steward, who will be cooking up informal cheese and wine pairings. Of course, I'll be there signing books and talking cheese.
2340 West Burnside
The Wedge, Portland Farmers Market
What better than an event whose focus is cheese? The Wedge festivities get underway Friday night when several Portland-area specialty foods markets will be hosting cheesemakers, who'll be offering samples of their cheese. The serious cheese events begin in earnest in the morning at the Portland Farmer's Market with demonstrations and lectures. Join me to learn about "cheese essentials" from 1 to 2:30. In this workshop, you will be tasting cheeses that represent each of the eight styles of cheese, which will be your key to understanding all cheeses. We'll then go back through those cheeses, only this time we'll be pairing them with wines from the Pacific Northwest. Along the way, I will impart my guidelines for pairing cheese and wine.
Paley's Place Cheese Dinner
James Beard award-winning chef and die-hard cheese fan, Vitaly Paley, will be cooking up a special cheese-focused dinner at his extraordinary restaurant, Paley's Place. Vitaly is creating a multi-course family-style dinner in which cheese will play a role in each course. I will be on hand to talk cheese, sign books, and enjoy some of Vitaly's creations, some of which will be inspired by the recipes in my new book. If you live in the area, please plan to come to dinner. I assure you, with Vitaly at the stove, you're in for a special evening. Plus, I'd love to meet you!
1204 NW 21st Avenue
Beecher's Handmade Cheese
Few places are as exciting to teach as Beecher's Handmade Cheese. First of all, Beecher's make the award-winning Beecher's Flagship cheese and Flagship Reserve cheese. The Reserve just got first-runner up in the American Cheese Society annual competition. Not bad for a competition boasting 1,200 cheeses. More than that, Beecher's, located at the famous Pike Place Market, has become a must-visit for any cheese loving Seattle visitor because of the magnificent array of cheeses sold there as well as the opportunity to watch them make cheese through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Their nearby classroom is a perfect place to impart all kinds of cheese information, which is what I'll be doing this evening. Join me for my two-hour class where I'll be teaching "cheese essentials" through an extensive tasting followed by a cheese and wine pairing journey in which you will get even more cheese paired with Pacific Northwest wines.
104 Pike Street (corner of 1st and Pike)
One block from Beecher's Handmade Cheese in the Pike Place Market
Out and About Rockridge
For several years, Rockridge Market Hall - that magnificent food emporium in Oakland's Rockridge District - has been hosting the Market Hall Street Fair and Picnic. They're doing it again, only the entire Rockridge District Association has gotten involved. That means that from noon until 6, College Avenue will be blocked off between Claremont Avenue and Lawton to make room for abundant food offerings, three performance stages, several craft booths, and well, because this is northern California, a healing tent too. Just as in previous years, local cookbook authors will be on hand to sign their books, and lucky for me, I'm one of them. Come say hi between 1:30 and 3pm. But if it's just food you're after, you'll find the Market Hall merchants clustered around the 5600 block of College, just south of Shafter.