French Cheese Fundamentals – The Basics

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Date(s) - December 12, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cheese 101 – A virtual deep dive into understanding and appreciating French cheese

I have this crazy passion for French cheese and I want to share that passion with you!

My goal is to demystify the delicious, sometimes smelly, sometimes intimidating world of fromage. These virtual workshops will broaden your knowledge and give you the confidence to taste, purchase, pair, slice, and understand French cheese.

French Cheese Fundamentals is offered in three parts; Part one (this class) is The Basics, part two is all about creating appetizing Cheese Boards and part three offers all of my tips for Pairing cheese with wine, other beverages and with food. Depending upon your interests, you can take just one or all three, as each segment offers unique and detailed information.

During this educational and entertaining workshop you will learn:

  • The history of cheese
  • Important cheese terminology such as affinage, terroir and AOC
  • What’s the deal with pasteurization and what does it do to cheese?
  • The different families of cheese and how to recognize them
  • The impact of diet, season and breed on cheese flavor and texture

You will come away from The Basics with a deeper understanding of French cheese and its traditions, a solid grasp on how to recognize the different families, and a greater appreciation for the subject.

Having cheese to taste during this virtual workshop is not a requirement, as one of the things you will learn is how to identify the different cheese families when you’re out shopping on your own. However, I will provide you with a list of suggested cheeses (and wine!) to have available if you’d like to taste along.

These workshops are hosted on Zoom. Please download Zoom ahead of the class, so you don’t run into any connection or other issues on the day. You will receive an automated email from Zoom during the week of the tasting. If you do not receive the email, please check your spam folder

Am I able to ask questions during the workshop?

Yes. During the tasting you will be able to put your questions in the chat or ask them during the presentation breaks.

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