If going to school involved tasting samples of cheese, drinking cider and wines with said cheese, and diving into beautiful pairings like chocolate, then most of us out there would have at least a few doctorates. Ammiright? Well, it’s back to school for you because Fairfield Cheese Company and the newly opened Greenwich Cheese Company have an awesome selection of classes for the turophile (yeah, so we looked it up, so what?)
Here are the listings and descriptions from their site, people. Now, all you need to do is just click through and buy your ticket, now available through Eventbrite. All classes are at 7 pm, but the prices are either $40, $45, or $100 for an Oktoberfest dinner!
Greenwich Cheese Company (154 East Putnam Avenue in Cos Cob)
9/24 Cheese 101: Are you a cheese lover? Do you want to know more about it? Cheese 101 is the place to start. Sit and enjoy a plate of some of our best cheeses (with a little wine to wash it down, of course) as Laura and Chris bare the basics. We’ll 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, storage and serving. Leave with your new-found knowledge and order with confidence the next time you’re at a cheese counter.
10/7 A Cheese Journey to France: Cheese and wine travel is a long time dream of mine and this past September it came true! I’m back from a 10 day cheese and wine odyssey through the French Alps and the Alsace regions of France and I’m eager to share my journey with you. Join me for an evening of cheese, wine and of course pictures as we taste through the specialties of these less traveled French regions. We will end the evening with a batch of traditional Savoyard fondue!
10/14 Cheese & Cider Tasting with Shacksbury Cider: In recent years ciders have been making a comeback- not mass produced hard cider but handcrafted ones complete with terroir. Their acidity, sourness and fruitiness make a exquisite match for artisan cheese. This summer, at a new trade show called the Good Food Mercantile, Chris and I had the pleasure of meeting David Dolginow, co-owner of Shacksbury Cider in Vermont. When he heard we had a cheese shop he enthusiastically asked us if we would be interested in teaming up for a cheese & cider class to celebrate the launch of their Vermont grown Lost Apple Cider. We of course jumped at the chance to delve into the world of these super compatible foods.
11/4 Regional Focus: The Village: Dairies of Switzerland, Germany, and Italy: This class is an in-depth look at the Swiss, Alpine, and German traditional dairies that are the epicenter of spectacular cheeses. The production, protection, and culture will be discussed as we taste the cheeses and finish with big pots of fondue for everyone and Swiss wine for all. Jonathan Richardson of Columbia Cheese is our special guest.
11/12 Learn to Make Your Own Cheese Platter: Every week we create beautiful cheese platters for all sorts of occasions. From a small platter for a dinner party to larger platters for big crowds our staff is fluent in choosing and arranging just the right assortment. How do we do it? Come to this class and find out! We will reveal how we go about choosing the right board, the right combinations of cheeses and how to build it yourself at home. We will eating our creations at the end of this evening and enjoying some wine too. It’s the perfect workshop for the beginning of the holiday season!
11/19 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 elevates the whole experience and increases the enjoyment. In this class we will unlock the secrets of pairing cheese with wine and teach you the basic principles to help guide you towards optimal enjoyment.
12/3 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!
Fairfield Cheese Company (2090 Post Road in Fairfield)
9/22 Cheese 101
9/29 Oktoberfest Dinner: If you can’t make it to Germany’s annual Oktoberfest this year, why not join us for the next best thing? This class is a festive tribute to German food and beer culture and Chris is back in the kitchen cooking us a five course Oktoberfest inspired dinner. He will pair each inventive course with some of the season’sbest brews so I hope you will join us for this delicious and lively night!
12/1 Cheese and Chocolate