Full Day Cheesemaking Boot Camp - with Premium Sommelier-Led Wine Pairing
Hit our two most popular cheesemaking classes all in one day! Learn to make brie and camembert (with a premium sommelier-led wine pairing event) in the afternoon then move onto mozzarella, burrata and fresh chèvre in the evening.
Part 1: Hands-on Brie-Making with Sommelier-Led Wine Pairing 12-3pm
Indulge in some of the most decadent cheese and wine the country has to offer while you learn about how to taste and craft your own bloomy-rinded cheese (like brie and camembert) then learn to pair it with a sommelier-curated collection of West Coast wines.
Explore the world of bloomy-rinded cheese and the great variety available within this category with a hands- and mouths-on cheesemaking workshop and tasting tour of our favorite artisan cheeses, led by FARMcurious founder, Nicole Easterday. Then learn to pair these delightful cheeses with small production wines, complete with sommelier-led educational tasting by Melissa Smith of Enotrias, 'Sommelier to the Silicon Valley Stars'. An experience to remember!
Learn to Make Your Own Brie at Home
Brie seems like the type of cheese that would be made by magical little elves in France. But it's actually one of the easiest cheeses to make at home with very little special equipment required! We'll show you how in this hands-on class, complete with edible homework.
Explore the World of Bloomy-Rinded Cheese
While we wait for the curd to set, we take a truly decadent tour of exquisite bries. Experience the variety available in this one cheese - from ash rinds to added ingredients like herbs or mushrooms, to using different milks like goat, sheep, or cow - there's so much to taste!
Nicole will be your guide throughout the cheese tasting, discussing what you're experiencing and how to recreate it as a home cheesemaker.
Learn to Expertly Pair Your Cheese with Wine
Cheese and wine go hand-in-hand and this class was designed to celebrate their marriage. Melissa Smith, 'Sommelier to the Silicon Valley Stars and owner of Enotrias, guides you through the process of selecting the perfect wine to delight your guests and complement your cheese.
Tiny brie wheels make a show-stopping gift
Because you make 12 tiny wheels at a time, you'll have 12 instant gifts for the holidays! Give them as-is or wrap some in phyllo dough with a little jam for a very festive treat. Friends and family will delight in your new skill. We'll cover how to wrap the cheese and present it in the best way possible.
Part 2: A Two-Hour Lunch Break
You're on your own for lunch and you can spend the time however you like but we recommend checking out Wally's Cafe for a very un-fancy but delicious Mediterranean & Lebanese meal (four blocks away & cash only) or Arizmendi, where you can get a delicious pizza slice (two blocks away).
Part 3: Three Cheeses in Three Hours with Wine 5-8pm
Learn to make three more distinct and delicious types of cheese: mozzarella, chèvre (fresh goat cheese) & burrata. During the class, you'll enjoy a fun sampling of economical red and white wine in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop. This three-hour class walks you through the history of cheesemaking, important facts about milk quality and differences as well as the complex biology and chemistry behind turning milk into tasty cheese curds and protein-rich whey.
Each group of students starts with their own gallon of milk and finesses it over the course of the class into rich, stretchy mozzarella. Enjoy some of your finished mozzarella, then we'll turn the rest into creamy, dreamy burrata. We'll also demonstrate in time-delay fashion how to craft a fresh, tangy goat cheese along with tips to make your goat cheese appear as several different types of artisanal cheeses through various preparation techniques. You'll gain all the knowledge needed to create your own cheese platter instead of buying store-bought cheeses.
In case you were worried about going hungry, we'll be sampling cheese and delicious wine all along the way.
This workshop is taught by Nicole Easterday, the founder of FARMcurious. Nicole is an engaging teacher who encourages a fun, social environment while she explains what’s happening in a very down-to-earth format.
Attendees will leave this class with:
- A new appreciation for the magic that is cheese
- Confidence and knowledge to reproduce the same results at home.
- Handouts including recipes, frequently asked questions, and resources.
- Delicious, versatile whey we produce while making the cheese (don't worry, we'll explain how to use it - you can't wait, check out this blog post).
- Ideas for a couple of fail-proof, economical wines to pair with cheese – never again at a loss before a dinner party!!
- Edible homework from the brie portion to age over the following weeks to come.
This is the two-part cheese workshop you won’t want to miss!
"I can't say enough great things about my FARMcurious class and its founder, Nicole. I'm a cheesemonger through and through and I loved every bit of Nicole's class. She diligently explains the science behind the process so that you aren't just following directions but understanding what makes cheese cheese. All the while she feeds you her own freshly made chevre and some wine. We made friends, learned a new culinary skill, and had a blast. It was delightful!" - Allison S.
YELP users love this class - check out more glowing reviews here.
Location: 4053 Harlan St, Ste 201 in Emeryville, California (right across the street from Pixar) - plenty of safe free parking available. Easy access to public transit -from MacArthur BART take the red or orange (Hollis or Hollis South) Emery-go-Round bus line two stops to Pixar studios. Walk half a block to our venue).
Must be 21 or over to attend. Please see our cancellation policy here.
Sold out?? Try our waiting list! There may be available dates that aren't listed because they're sold out. If you book a ticket labeled "Waiting List" you will be added to the waiting list for the sold-out date. If we have last minute cancellations we will contact you to let you know. If you don't make it into the class for which you signed up on the waiting list you can choose a full refund or a transfer to another date. Call or email for more information on our waiting list (email@example.com or 510.877.9955)
Interested in a private party? We offer private events for birthdays, bachelorettes, etc. We also offer team-building workshops for businesses and special interest groups (like parent's clubs, scout troops, etc). Contact Nicole directly for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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