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Cheese tasting class at BCAE

Any thoughts on this class? Some friends and I are going tonight and I'm curious about what to expect...

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  1. I went. Definitely eat first. Let me know what your thoughts were!

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    1. re: eLizard

      That's funny, I've gotten mixed responses from people saying I should eat first because we'll be picking at little bits, to others telling me that there's way too much cheese. Did you enjoy the class and the cheeses (besides the amount, obviously).

      Besides that, wondering what the types and ranges of cheeses are. Is there a learning component besides just eating good cheese, or a different theme for each class. Wine or beer paired with cheese? Do we interact with everyone else in the class much and so forth...

      1. re: weathermasta

        There was not a ton of cheese. You'll taste 4 or 5 (a bit or 2 of each) kinds with cut up bread, preserves, and honey. You'll get a handout. You'll be offered probably 2 glasses of wine, and you'll be at one of 3 or 4 tables with a lot of other people. It's a social as you make. And you learn a lot and can ask questions.

    2. I last went about 2 years ago and just looked at the handout, which I kept because I took notes on the cheese.

      Ihsan Gurdal was great. The man knows his stuff.

      There were 12 cheeses offered. White wine as well, and some bread or crackers.

      I recall thinking that that was too much, but recall the whole thing fondly and have been meaning to go again. There was no need to eat first.

      They very well might have changed the whole thing, though.

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      1. re: C. Hamster

        Yes, he was very knowledgable. But there were only 4 or 5 cheeses at mine. But my class was packed!

        1. re: eLizard

          Is it still put on by the Formaggio people?

          1. re: eLizard

            I was glad they had so many choices at mine, but I was surprised at the variety. There were about 10 people in mine.

            I'm betting they do them differently now.

        2. I loved it. I took it about 3 years ago. The Formaggio guy brought 14 cheeses, plus fruit spreads and other stuff. Great class.

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          1. re: TheScribe

            man! 12 cheeses? 14 cheeses? I really missed out!!!!

            1. re: eLizard

              Yes, 14! I was FULL when I walked out.