SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH


Artisan Tour and Lunch

Bring your ice chest as cheese and artisan products are available for purchase on some of Saturday’s stops. Tour departs from the Sheraton Sonoma County, in Petaluma and includes lunch and transportation is provided by Pure Luxury Transportation. The tour is rain or shine.

$135 per person, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Various locations

Tour H
THE ARTISAN WHEY

SOLD OUT

Nicasio Valley Cheese Co., Lunch at zazu Kitchen + Farm with WM Cofield Cheesemakers, MacPhail Wines with guest Beehive Cheese Co., and Bohemian Creamery

Start your day at Nicasio Valley Cheese Company where tradition meets innovation. Since 1919, the Lafranchi family has been dairying on over 1,000 acres in Marin County. At their historic ranch, you’ll learn about the family’s rich history as local dairy farmers and their path to becoming the only organic farmstead cheesemakers in California! Visit the creamery, taste their award-winning farmstead cheeses, and take in a view that most of us can only dream about! Next, head north to The Barlow, Sebastopol’s hub of craft and creativity. Start at zazu Kitchen + Farm where you’ll enjoy a delicious multi-course cheese lunch prepared by cheese-loving chef Duskie Estes. You’ll be among the first to hear from Sonoma’s newest cheesemaker (and fellow Barlow tenant), Keith Adams of WM Cofield Cheesemakers, about his budding company and his British-inspired cheeses coming soon. Take a short walk to MacPhail Wines to taste some of Sonoma’s most interesting small batch Pinot Noirs. Learn about their fruit sourcing and their commitment to sustainable farming and terroir-driven wine. Alongside local wine, you'll taste cheese and pick up pairing tips from Beehive Cheese Co. Wrap up your day with a visit to Bohemian Creamery where you’ll meet Lisa Gottreich, one of the region’s most creative artisan cheesemakers. Just one mile outside of Sebastopol, Bohemian Creamery is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the Mayacama mountains. Here you will find a little herd of Alpine dairy goats whose milk becomes farmstead cheese, whey soda, and even goat’s milk frozen yogurt!

 

Seminars and Pairing Demos

Here is an opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable Join local industry experts, chefs and cheesemakers for a variety of interactive seminars and demos throughout the day at the Sheraton Sonoma County and Cowgirl Creamery in Petaluma. Led by industry experts on a variety of topics, the seminars will range from pairing cheese with charcuterie, to the history and evolution of California cheese, to the parallels between beer making and cheese making. Culture Magazine would like to thank you for extending your knowledge of artisan cheese by provide each seminar attendee with a year’s subscription to Culture Magazine, starting with the Summer issue. (Culture: the word on cheese is America’s first and best magazine devoted to the love of cheese.)

Seminar 1
Cheese & Charcuterie: The Perfect Pairing

Vanessa Chang, ACS CCP
Laura Werlin, Author and Educator

10:00 am to 11:30 am
Sheraton Sonoma County
$75 per person

The classic pairing of meat and cheese is undergoing a resurgence with American food lovers everywhere.  Convenient and delicious, it’s the old world’s answer to the modern world’s search for the ultimate snack and on-the-go feast.  These two friends in fermentation have more in common than you think!  Learn more about the art of preservation and how a limited number of quality ingredients yield such dynamic and delicious results. But wait. That’s not all! What better with meat and cheese than rosé? Join Vanessa Chang and Laura Werlin as they showcase foolproof pairings featuring the best of the best from the artisan cheese, meat, and rosé worlds. 

 

Seminar 2
Mighty Morphing Milk

Janet Fletcher, Author and Educator
Liam Callahan, Bellwether Farms
Jennifer Bice, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery

10:00 am to 11:30 am
Sheraton Sonoma County
$75 per person

For a cheesemaker, great milk is an inspiring blank canvas. Adjust the cultures or tweak the temperatures and you end up in a way different place. Get on board with Janet Fletcher, Planet Cheese publisher, and acclaimed California cheesemakers Jennifer Bice of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery and Liam Callahan of Bellwether Farms as they guide you on the journey of milk’s magical transformation. You’ll start by tasting fresh goat, sheep and cow milk and then experience their evolution into yogurt, fresh cheese and aged cheese. Learn about the cultures, techniques and decisions that drive these delicious metamorphoses.

 

Seminar 3
Cream of the Crop

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery
Jill Giacomini Basch and Lynn Giacomini Stray, co-founders of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

10:00 am to 11:30 am
Tomales Bay Foods Corporate Office, 2080 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA (walking distance from the Sheraton Sonoma County)
$75 per person

Cheese may be crafted from only four ingredients, but it is the edible sum of so much more. Join local cheese mavens Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, co-founders of Cowgirl Creamery, and sisters Jill Giacomini Basch and Lynn Giacomini Stray of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese as they taste you through cheese’s indispensable place in the agricultural landscape of Marin and Sonoma. Learn more about how cheese plays a role in preserving working farmland, nourishing family farms, and sustaining local dairies. Find out just how delicious supporting your local farmers can be!

 

Seminar 4
Cheese & Chocolate 201

Vanessa Chang, ACS CCP
Laura Werlin, Author and Educator

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sheraton Sonoma County

$75 per person, 

Life is sweet…and also a little salty. Join Laura Werlin and Vanessa Chang for an indulgent exploration of two of life’s greatest pleasures:  cheese and chocolate. This dynamic duo will guide you through the make process for each of these earthly delights, which characteristics distinguish one style from another, and how to heighten your appreciation of each. Learn more about what makes certain chocolates cheese-friendly and how best to approach pairing to ensure tasty cheese and chocolate pairings at home every time. Dessert at your table will never be the same!

 

Seminar 5
Introduction to California Cheese: Past, Present, and Future

Kiri Fisher, The Cheese School of San Francisco

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sheraton Sonoma County

$75 per person

There’s no doubt about it – California is a special place.  We’ve got mountains, the ocean, redwoods, vast deserts, and an extraordinarily dynamic cheese scene.  How did we get so lucky?  Kiri Fisher, owner of The Cheese School, will explore some of the factors that make the Golden State such an exceptional place for artisan cheese in spite of some of the challenges faced by today’s cheesemakers.  Taste your way through time as you learn more about the roots of dairying and cheesemaking in California, the cheesemaking renaissance of the 1980-90s, what’s happening today, and what delicious cheeses lie ahead.

 

Seminar 6
California Cheese and Beer: Incorporating Local Flavors in Curds and Brews

Chris Munsey, Certified Cicerone

 

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Sheraton Sonoma County

$75 per person

As lovers of artisan cheese, you may already have a budding appreciation for the sense of place captured in California’s farmstead cheeses and how important factors like milk type and source, feed, location, and climate inform these unique cheeses.  What does this look like for California beer, one of cheese’s best pairing partners?  An exciting trend sweeping the American beer industry, “Farm to Foam” or “Plow to Pint” is the incorporation of heritage small batch match, locally grown hops, local fruit and honey, wild yeast, and even single original well water into the creation of truly original beer.  How does this look (and taste) in California and what are the parallels with California farmstead cheesemaking?  In this session, we will be investigating the role of place in producing artisanal cheese and beer in California through a guided tasting of several delicious local examples.

 

CHEESE & COCKTAILS

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sheraton Sonoma County
$40 per person

Here is a NEW, not to be missed event. Start your Saturday night off right with an artisan cheese and cocktail two-hour sampling. Cheesemakers will be showcasing some of their favorite cheeses while local craft distilleries will be sampling out their best spirits as both straight pours and mixing them into cocktails for you to discover and enjoy. This is the perfect opportunity for you to taste, compare and pair some of California’s best cheeses and spirits – do you prefer Gin, Whiskey or maybe fruit-infused Vodka with your favorite Chevre or blue cheese? Participating spirits producers to date include: Alley 6 Craft Distillery, Distillery No. 209, Siddiqui Rum, Sonoma Coast Spirits, Sonoma County Distilling Co, Spirit Works Distillery,St. George Spirits, Tamar Distillery, and Venus Spirits

Wine and Dine with the Cheesemakers

NEW – We have created a special opportunity for you to have an intimate evening with some of our most talented cheesemaker superstars at one of a kind cheesemaker dinners featuring a different cheese at each course. We have selected two fabulous locations in Sonoma – Park 121 at Cornerstone and Suite D – a girl and the fig property. Each chef will create a multi-course, cheese-centric dinner and each course will be paired with either wine, beer or cider. Your favorite cheesemakers will be on-hand to talk about their cheese as it is incorporated into your feast.

 

Dinner with the Cheesemakers at Park 121

 

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Park 121 at Cornerstone, 23584 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, CA 95476

$150 per person, including beverage pairing, tax and gratuity

Join us for an amazing multi-course Cheesemaker Dinner at Park 121 at Cornerstone in Sonoma! The menu crafted by Chef Bruce Riezenman features a different artisan cheesemaker’s cheese in each course. Dine with the cheesemakers as you learn about their cheese and enjoy its presentation. Each cheese-centric course will be paired with a local wine, beer or cider. Bruce is one of the Wine Country’s foremost authorities on entertaining and a sought-after instructor of food and wine pairing. Cornerstone Sonoma is a unique blend of design and gift shops, art and sculpture galleries, a gourmet restaurant with outdoor dining and premium wine tasting rooms set amidst the beautiful Sonoma Valley landscape. Arrive a little early to Cornerstone and wander through the unique and artistic gardens. Cornerstone is also home to the Sunset Magazine Outdoor Kitchen and Test Gardens.

 

Dinner with the Cheesemakers at Suite D

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Suite D, 21800 Schellville Road, Sonoma, CA 95476
$150 per person, including beverage pairing, tax and gratuity

Sondra Bernstein, chef and owner of the girl & the fig restaurant has long been an advocate and supporter of the California artisan cheese scene, so it seemed fitting for us to visit her newest event location - Suite D. This fabulous intimate space will be the setting for a once-in-a-lifetime multi-course dinner showcasing some your favorite artisan cheesemakers and their cheeses. If you know anything about the girl & the fig, you know this dinner will exceed your wildest expectations. Each course will highlight a wine, beer or cider that complements the dish.