Wondering why there’s a rake lying in a bathtub? Time to go to cheese school.
The Cheese Education Guild (where I took my first cheese classes) is back up and running and offering an introductory Cheese Appreciation course starting September 11, 2012 and running 8 weeks until October 30, 2012. (hey, you can give out cheese for Halloween! With a little note that says, “Eat the rind scaredy pants!”)
My colleagues and the new owners of the school, Lisa McAlpine and Marla Krisko are both graduates of the 3 level certificate program (originally run by Kathy Guidi who created it as the first certified cheese program in Canada) and will be teaching the course. They are excellent and experienced instructors who are also a lot of fun.
You may or may not do all three levels but this first course is eye-opening and inspiring for anyone who has a love or learning and a love of cheese. It’s a lot of fun–but you also have to study a bit….which may mean putting out a cheese board. (hmmm, my first degree was in film which involved studying by watching movies…am I lazy? or genius? )
Here is more info:
Time and Location: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at University of Toronto Faculty Club
Cost: $575 + HST = $649.75
Cheese Appreciation 1 Classes include 8 weeks (Tuesdays) of training, 3 hours per evening, course curriculum materials, tasting of 8 – 10 cheeses per class, testing, and final certificate.
These classes allow the student to discover the vast knowledge surrounding the production of cheese, its history, cultural influences and the nuances of terroir. In addition, the student is taught how to actually taste and categorize cheese and to appreciate its subtle qualities.
Cheese Appreciation classes are casual, but extremely informative, allowing the student to relax while learning about cheese and enjoying the company of other like minded caseophiles (cheese lovers!). Students attending these classes range from pure enthusiasts to retail and culinary students wishing to specialize in the exciting World of Cheese.
Established in 2005, the Cheese Education Guild has trained hundreds of cheese lovers, ranging from enthusiasts to food and wine professionals, and has played a significant role in encouraging the production and distribution of artisan cheese across Canada and the U.S.