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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?
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.