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Summer School for Cheese lovers

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HillJ Apr 6, 2013 05:25 AM

The CH Cheese Board has prompted me to do a good deal of offline reading. This summer, I'm taking a cheese class in the city.

There are dozens of cheese classes, courses for cheesemongers and cheese "schools" and I was delighted to learn that there are some really solid avenues to up your cheese loving pursuits for a reasonable sum...not to mention all that cheese-tasting fun!

From coast to coast talented cheese people share their expertise:

http://www.cheeseschoolsf.com/cheesemonger-programs/

http://www.artisanalcheese.com/cheese_classes/

http://madamefromage.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-to-get-cheese-education.html

http://www.slowfood.com/slowcheese/en...
in the classroom, youth

Have you gone to cheese school or taken a course? If so, what did you think and did you wind up a few lbs richer or more informed or both!

  1. Paprikaboy Apr 6, 2013 01:03 PM

    Not a course as such but Neals Yard dairy in London run some great cheese tastings where you learn a lot.
    I had one as a present and it was run by a guy with a small vineyard who made his own cheese and explored his obsession with all things fermented.
    There was about 10 cheese and a range of beers and wines.
    He ran through the history of cheese (in Europe)n and explained that at first it was lactic set cheeses as these could be left while people worked in the fields and it was the monks who developed the more complex rennet set cheeses as they could devote more time to them.
    It was fascinating stuff and i got to taste some great cheeses but what really blew me away was the Poire Granit that they served with some of the cheeses. One of the best cheese and drink matches I've ever had.

    If you're interested here's the tasting list.

    Cheeses:
    St Tola
    Cotherstone
    Ossau-Iraty
    Abbaye de Tamie
    Marroilles
    Abondance
    Parmigano Reggiano
    Blue de Moines dr l'Abbaye du Val-Dieu
    Stilcheton

    Drinks:
    Orval
    Eric Bordelet Poire Granit
    201 Chantrives Bourgogne Rouge
    Le Trappe Quadrupel

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      HillJ Apr 6, 2013 01:04 PM

      Wow, that is unbelievable! Thanks for sharing. What an opportunity. I can't wait to get started.

      Were you able to purchase much of what you consumed after the tasting?

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        jpr54_1 Apr 6, 2013 01:11 PM

        Sounds interesting!

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          HillJ Apr 6, 2013 01:12 PM

          I hope so! You've been experimenting quite a bit yourself. It's fun right?! I didn't realize April was national grilled cheese month...not that I need an "excuse" :)

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            jpr54_1 Apr 6, 2013 01:41 PM

            Chowhound has a list of recipes-in recipe galleries.
            dishes for cheese-lovers

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          jpr54_1 Apr 6, 2013 01:51 PM

          If I may ask-where do u live?
          I live on S.E. coast of Florida which is not the gastronomic hub of the world although there are many ethnic cuisines here(Miami,Ft.Lauderdale,Palm Beaches)
          The market down here is nothing in comparison to NYC, LA,Phila.Chicago or DC

          We don't have Zabar's, Murrays Fairway, Wegmans,Dean and Deluca, Chelsea Market etc down here. I miss them alot.

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            HillJ Apr 6, 2013 03:09 PM

            I live in NJ & CA (4 mos out of the year). I'm fond of FL, jpr. I'm fond of just about everywhere. And while hoping on a train to NY or the car for anywhere some of the best cheeses I've had (so far) don't originate in the US. Shhhh...though, I don't want to ruin friendships with my pals in VT, WI or PA.

          2. re: HillJ
            Paprikaboy Apr 7, 2013 10:49 AM

            We couldn't purchase all the cheeses but most of them.
            The tasting was above the shop and where they store the cheeses so we got to walk past rack after rack of huge wheels of cheese.

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