Looking for a monthly night out, tasting and learning about new artisan cheeses? Wisconsin Cheese Originals announces its all new 2014 American Artisan Cheese Series with monthly classes at the Firefly Coffeehouse in Oregon.
Each class includes a tasting and storytelling of at least four artisan cheeses by Jeanne Carpenter, author of www.CheeseUnderground.com, and director of Wisconsin Cheese Originals, an organization dedicated to celebrating the state's growing number of artisan, specialty and farmstead cheeses.
Classes begin at 7 p.m. at the Firefly Coffeehouse at 114 N. Main St. in Oregon just 10 minutes south of Madison. Each class includes a complimentary glass of wine, beer or beverage. Many classes also feature guest speakers, including Wisconsin cheesemakers and industry leaders. Classes are limited to 22 attendees to ensure an intimate setting and time for questions. Cost is $22 per class and tickets must be reserved in advance at www.wicheeseclass.com. All classes typically sell out.
The 2014 class line-up includes:
Jan. 16: Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Warm up long January days and kick off the new year with an introduction to three gourmet grilled cheeses. We'll taste each cheese separately, and then compare each when warmed in a grilled cheese sandwich. Special treat: Uplands Cheese's seasonal Rush Creek Reserve and a rustic baguette as an appetizer.
Feb. 11: Blue-Veined Cheeses & The Wines That Love Them
Taste four of Wisconsin's best blue cheeses, paired with four different wines. Learn the mystery behind blue cheesemaking, and what makes one blue taste different from another. If you think you don't like blue veined cheese, we may change your mind with this evening of perfect pairings.
March 13: Fondue Fun & Swiss Specialties
Start the evening with a communal pot of yummy fondue and crusty bread. Then taste and learn about four classic Swiss cheeses perfect for fondue. Leave with a booklet of recipes to make your favorite at home.