Kiri and the wonderful staff and contributors have announced a rich schedule of events and tastings through March, 2013. The School is located in a quiet neighborhood, not far from Fisherman’s Wharf, and near several hotels and inns, making it a fine choice for a vacation visit. You’ll get to taste cheeses in perfect condition, learning about them from some of the country’s smartest cheese pros. Additionally, many of the classes pair cheeses with charcuterie, chocolate, wine, beer and whiskey tastings… Would make a great leaping off point for a Napa wine weekend.
I know, I had you at cheese.
Prices are very reasonable, usually around $70-75, a little more in the cheesemaking classes. They often sell out- so book early and plan your travel soon!
Here are just a few of the upcoming events:
Master Class: Parmigiano Reggiano, The King of Cheeses with Giorgio Cravero
Instructor: Giorgio Cravero | Sunday, January 20th (6:30-8:30pm) | $55 cheesemongers/$69 general public
While the world is filled with thousands of wonderful cheeses, there is only one Parmigiano Reggiano. So what makes Italy’s king of cheese unique? One of Italy’s greatest Parmigiano affinatori, Giorgio Cravero, will guide you through a comparative tastings of Parmigianos. Giorgio’s family has been aging Parmigiano since 1855. He’ll introduce you to his cheese and particular selection process. You’ll learn about the history, production, and aging of this incredible cheese.
The Art of Tasting & Pairing Chocolate
Instructor: Karletta Moniz l Wednesday, February 13th (6:30-8:30pm) l $75
In this class you’ll experience the delightful interplay of some of the world’s most luxurious taste sensations: chocolate, wine, and cheese. You’ll taste chocolates from around the world with several types of wine (including a port, a Madeira, and a late harvest Gewürztraminer) and select cheeses. Learn how dark is too dark, what it means when a chocolate bar reads ‘single estate’ versus ‘single variety’, and how certain chocolate pairings can be a taste of heaven on earth. Instructor and chocolate expert Karletta Moniz will lead this class in reconnecting with all of the wonderful, sensory qualities that make indulgence in chocolate a totally satisfying experience.
Cheese & Wine of Burgundy
Instructor: Colette Hatch | Thursday, January 10th (6:30-8:30pm) | $69
While just about any Californian knows a thing or two about chardonnay and pinot noir, many of us are still flummoxed by the region whence they came, Burgundy. Fear not, there is nothing but deliciousness to be discovered. The region’s creamy and washed rind cheeses provide the perfect foil for their aromatic and complex wines. Instructor Colette Hatch will provide clarity through the fog and introduce you to this remarkable region.
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