School is Back in Session @ Fairfield Cheese Company

Stephanie Webster

Fairfield Cheese Company classes are back in session and school has never been this delicious. Whether you are a cheese novice looking for a an introduction to the basics, or a cheese-aficionado seeking to expand your knowledge on a specific variety, they've got the class for you. 

I jumped at the chance to attend one of these sessions last season and spent some time with owners Laura and Christopher who lead these entertaining and informative evenings. If you would like some background on Fairfield Cheese Company, check out our review, "Cheese 101."

With wine pairings from Harry's Wine & Liquor, this is the perfect way to break out of that dinner-and-a-movie date night rut. If you attend any of the classes below, let us know what you think!

Cheese School Class Schedule Fall / Winter 2010

Tuesday, September 14th 7-9pm: Cheese 101

Do you love cheese?   Do you want to know more about it? Cheese 101 is the best place to start. Sit and relax over a plate of some of our best cheeses (with a little wine to wash it down, of course) as Chris and Laura bare the basics. Let us guide you through a scrumptious tasting of fresh and bloomy cheeses, washed rind and aged, plus a variety of cow, sheep, and goat cheese, all while learning about cheese-making.  Leave with your new-found knowledge and order with confidence the next time you’re at a cheese counter.  $45.00

Tuesday, September 21st 7-9pm :  Perfect Pairings: Cheese & Wine

Every so often, we find pairings of cheeses and wines that go above and beyond, complementing each other in a way that can only be described as “Marriages-Made-in-Heaven.”  In this class, with the help of our friends at Harry’s Wine & Liquor, we will pair the perfect cheese with it’s perfect wine match and discuss the basics of pairing  cheese & wine. $45.00

Tuesday, September 28th 7-9 pm: Buon Gusto! The Cheeses of Italy

Join us for an evening of discovery into Italy’s wealth of luxurious cheeses. Travel down the boot and explore the country’s stunning diversity, from the creamy cow and goat cheeses of Piedmont to the luscious sheep cheeses of Tuscany.  We’ll pour a selection of traditional Italian wines from Harry’s Wine & Liquor to help bring out the very best flavors of the cheeses.  $45.00

 Tuesday, October 5th 7-9pm:  And The Winner is…2010 American Cheese Society

At the end of August the American Cheese Society holds its annual conference and competition where hundreds of American-made cheeses go head to head to determine which ones will be deemed the best of the best in their specific categories. In this class we will taste the winners and discuss the revolution in American made cheeses.  $45.00

Tuesday, October 26th 7-9pm:  Fondue

Fondue is back big time, and what better way to get together with friends and family on a cold autumn night? We’ll experiment with several different fondue recipes using a variety of alpine and other hearty cheeses in all their warm and creamy glory.  We’ll have lots of delicious dipping accompaniments and a couple of wine selections to add to the fabulous fondue fun.   $45.00

Tuesday, November 2nd 7-9pm:  Champion Cheddars

The most widely purchased and eaten cheese in the world. Cheddar cheeses were originally made in England, however today they are manufactured in many countries all over the world.   In this class we will  taste through a plate of what we consider “champion” cheddars and discuss the differences and similarities of this all around favorite.  $45.00

Tuesday, November 9th 7-9pm:  Cheese & Honey Pairing

Complex  like a wine pairing but much sweeter going down, these pairings will get you buzzing about cheese and honey. Learn about the world of honey, honey bees and cheese when we welcome beekeeper and author of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, Marina Marchese, owner of RED BEE HONEY to Fairfield Cheese Company for an evening of pairing artisan honey and artisan cheese and complementary wines.  Signed copies of Marina’s book and her honeys will be available for purchase after the class.  $45.00

Tuesday, November 30th 7-9pm:  Cheese and Chocolate

Indulgence in great food and drink around the holiday season is nearly universal, and tonight we do it right!  We’re kicking off the holiday season with a carefully paired tasting of cheeses and chocolates and washing it down with sparkling wine. A rather indulgent evening for sure. Let the holiday decadence begin!  $45.00

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