seminars and pairing demos

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Here is a rare opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts – chefs, cheesemakers, authors and more - at a variety of interactive seminars and pairings. Topics range far and wide. Seminar Location: Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 4th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. **All sales are final and event takes place rain or shine. 

Seminar 1
Red or White? Best Wines for the Cheeses You Love

Janet Fletcher, author and publisher of Planet Cheese

9:30 am to 11:00 am
$75 per person

Join the debate about whether red wine or white wine is a better match for cheese with author and educator extraordinaire Janet Fletcher. In this guided tasting, you’ll sample five cheeses in a range of styles with both a red and a white wine. You be the judge! Janet will share some of the sensory research into wine and cheese pairing to help you think more critically about what you are experiencing. (Hint: there’s no wrong answer!)


Seminar 2
California Cheese: Old School to New School

Juliana Uruburu, Market Hall Foods

9:30 am to 11:00 am
$75 per person

California is truly a unique place with a rich and dynamic history of cheesemaking. Join the inimitable Juliana Uruburu for a tasting journey through the culture and flavors that make California a special star on the global cheese map. An industry veteran of 30+ years, Juliana will tickle your taste buds with a range of unique cheeses and share her vast knowledge of all things cheese. She’ll illuminate the connections between the Golden State’s storied old school and new school cheesemakers who make up our local cheesescape, and share some juicy secrets from the cheese cave before the bell rings!


Seminar 3
Cheese, Beer & Cider

Rachel Perez, ACS CCP

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
$75 per person

Wine may get top billing in Sonoma County, but the region is home to incredible craft brewers and cidermakers as well. These unique local beers and ciders pair beautifully with cheese and, truth be told, they are often the pairing of choice for many cheesemongers. Rachel Perez will guide you on a tasting journey of these friends in fermentation, demystifying the characteristics that make beer and cider so cheese-friendly. Leave this session with a solid foundation of pairing principles and several foolproof beer, cider, and cheese pairings to love!


Seminar 4
A Taste of Cheese Science with the Cheese Twins

Charlie Kalish & Michael Kalish

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
$75 per person

Take your cheese knowledge and appreciation to the next level with Cheese Twins Charlie and Michael Kalish in this fascinating tasting session. Having made cheese on more than a dozen dairy farms across France, Switzerland, and Italy, as well as working with some of Europe’s finest affineurs (professional cheese agers), the Cheese Twins bring their savoir-faire home to California. In this comparative tasting, the Cheese Twins will give you a crash course in the science behind cheesemaking and highlight how seemingly subtle shifts in pH, moisture, and aging result in staggeringly different cheeses. Funny, knowledgeable and charming, you couldn’t ask for two more entertaining instructors for this deep dive session designed to take your cheese chops to the next level.


Seminar 5
Cheese & Cocktails: The Basics of Bitters, Booze & Cheese

Vanessa Chang, ACS CCP & Lassa Skinner, co-founder Culture

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
$85 per person

Local bitters and spirits aren't just for happy hour. Cheese mavens Vanessa Chang and Lassa Skinner will show you how a well-made cocktail can shake up preconceived notions of what goes with cheese. This dynamic duo will distill the basics of the various spirits, demystify the universe of bitters, and help identify the cheeses to round out cocktails like Manhattans, Mai Tais, and more. Raise a glass to an even happier happy hour!