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Ben Feb 24, 2002 10:49 AM

Hi all,

Just got back from shopping at Formaggio's Kitchen in Cambridge. I know couple of you (cFox, Rubee, Amy, and Jujubee) has expressed interest in the cheese tasting course they offer thru either cambridge adult education center or boston adult education center.

As I was talking to one of the cheese guy that teach the class (Matt Jennings, great guy), he mentioned that they will be doing a in-house cheese tasting course starting next sunday or so. It will be on sunday nights at Formaggios' kitchen in Cambridge. The class will roughly be 2 hrs long, and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis for 20 spots total. Matt said that he will have a signup sheet at the store possibly next saturday. The really cool thing about having the cheese class there is that he will have access of ALL of their cheeses, as well as all the goodies in the store there.

Anyone interested? I think it will be cool to make this a mini-chowhound meet. If there are enough ppl, maybe we can reserve some spots? Let me know and I can call them about it.

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    cjb Feb 24, 2002 01:11 PM

    I can not make it next Sunday - argh. But if they do it any other Sunday, I would love to chow cheese. Keep us updated, please!

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      Lindsay B. Feb 24, 2002 01:43 PM

      How many times will the class meet? What's the program fee? It sounds like something that would interest me very much.

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        9lives Feb 24, 2002 02:26 PM

        same here

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          galleygirl Feb 24, 2002 05:15 PM

          And of course, the all-important question is, can we bring wine? ;)

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            Louise8 Feb 25, 2002 08:23 AM

            By the way, they have tastings (wine and cheese) every Friday evening at South End Formaggio on Shamut Ave in the South End.

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        ScratchBaker Feb 24, 2002 05:53 PM

        I'm interested in everything except bleu! More details would be great (or given the topic, "grate" :-)

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          Chris VR Feb 25, 2002 07:56 AM

          I took a Champagne and Cheese course at Boston University' Metropolitan College about 5 or 6 years ago. The cheese portion was taught by Ihsan Gurdal, I believe, and it was fantastic. We tasted such an interesting variety of cheeses, including a few that probably weren't legal (sounds like they smuggled over in a suitcase). My hubby and I would be very interested in this class! Can you post more info on times and costs? Thanks!

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            Ben Feb 25, 2002 09:25 AM

            Hi all,

            Just spoke with Matt from Formaggio's on the phone. He said that the class date is not yet finalized, since they just start to do this. As soon as I have any updates, I will have it posted. I do, however, have some more information:

            1. The classes most likely will be held on Sunday nights from 6 to 8 pm.

            2. They will try to hold the class every week, or every other week (depends the staff's availability).

            3. Jessica, the dry goods buyer, will have a "pantry essentials" class there as well. And there may be a sausage/meat class coming up.

            4. The first cheese class might be next Sunday instead of this coming Sunday, and this Sunday¡¦s may be the dry goods "kitchen essentials" class.

            5. The class is estimated to be $25 per person.

            6. Matt will try to provide wine (and bread) for the cheese class. Due to the fact that they (Cambridge Formagio) are in the process of acquiring their liquor license, this is in a bit of a gray area. So for now, he ask ppl not to bring their wines to the class, until they have that issue taken care of.

            That's all for now =)

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              MichaelB Feb 25, 2002 10:21 AM

              Thanks for getting all this information, Ben! I'd also be interested in coming to any and all classes.

              -- occasional contributor Michael

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                Lindsay B. Feb 25, 2002 12:24 PM

                Are these classes a self-contained "course", or are they offering the same cheese tasting several times?

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                  Ben Feb 25, 2002 01:02 PM

                  Each time is different I believe. Basically whatever he felt like doing at that particular night. And I am sure we can request a particular type of cheese.. (which is why having it at store is better than taking the standard class, since he has pretty much all the cheese avaialbe for tasting)

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                    C. Fox Feb 25, 2002 03:49 PM

                    In that case, I'm in. Can't commit to an ongoing thing, but a one-shot is no problem. Depending on their schedule, of course, but I'm not really free to do it until at least 3/24 anyway.

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                      cjb Feb 25, 2002 05:33 PM

                      I'm definitely in, too!

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                Jujubee Feb 25, 2002 11:05 AM

                Thanks for doing all this info gathering for us Ben! I am definitely interested.

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