Wisconsin Cheese Originals has set its 2013 schedule of monthly artisan cheese classes.
Each class includes a tasting and “storytelling” of several American artisan cheeses by Jeanne Carpenter, author of Cheese Underground, and director of Wisconsin Cheese Originals, an organization devoted to sharing the state’s artisan, specialty and farmstead cheeses.
Classes begin at 7 p.m. at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N. Main St. in Oregon, Wis., 10 minutes south of Madison. Each class includes a glass of wine or beer and a house-made savory appetizer. Classes are limited to 22. Cost is $22 per class, and tickets must be reserved in advance here .
Jan. 24: Cheese 101 – The Eight Categories of Cheese, Demystified
Feb. 19: Valentine Special – Cheese & Chocolate Tasting
March 21: U.S. Champions – Four Gold Medal Winners
April 23: Brie & Bubbly – A Creamy Combination
May 14: Alpine Style Cheeses: The Taste of Terroir
June 18: Dairy Month Delight – Celebrating the American Farmstead Cheesemaker
July 16: Cheese Duel – Wisconsin Vs. European Cheeses
Aug. 15: Pasture-Based Cheeses – Does Grass Make a Difference?
Sept. 17: All Grown Up – Cheese & Cracker Pairing
Oct. 24: Virtual Road Trip – Cheeses of Northern Italy
Nov. 12: Blue-Veined Cheeses & Perfect Pairings
Dec. 10: The Ultimate Cheddar Flight – From One Day to 15 Years