Wisconsin Cheese Originals Cheese Class at the Firefly Coffeehouse

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May 9: Cheese Geek Class - Cheese & Chocolate

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Treat yourself with this festive tasting of four American artisan cheeses paired with four different chocolates from local chocolatiers. Learn tips and tricks of pairing sweet with savory. Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

May 21: Brie & Bubbly

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Nothing goes together better than brie and bubbly. The effervescence of champagne perfectly compliments the complexity and richness of a good bloomy rind cheese. We’ll taste a variety of brie and camembert cheeses, and enjoy two different types of bubbly, brought in special for this occasion! Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

June 6: Cheese Geek Class - Why Cheddar Here Tastes Different

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

The difference in cheddar is attributable not only to its shape and aging, but also to the region in which it was made. Taste six different Cheddars from around the world, and learn how soil, water and grass contributes to flavor. Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. SOLD OUT

June 25: Wisconsin Women Cheesemakers

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

In the past 10 years, more than a dozen women have entered the Wisconsin cheesemaking scene, winning awards and changing the face of American artisan cheese. Taste and hear the stories of some of the best women-inspired cheeses. Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

July 11: Cheese Geek Class - The Taste of Terroir in Alpine Cheese

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Why do cheeses made in the mountains of France and Switzerland taste different than cheeses made elsewhere? Is it the alpage grasses, the aging techniques, or hundreds of years of experience? Hint: it’s a little of all these, plus more Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. SOLD OUT

July 16: Cheese Duel - Wisconsin Vs. European Cheeses

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Old World favorites vs. New World upstarts: attendees will determine whether Wisconsin cheesemakers are holding their own, or may we daresay winning, the race in crafting world-class original cheeses. Taste and compare six cheeses: three European and three Wisconsin, learning the stories of each. Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

August 8: Cheese Geek Class - Understanding Brie

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Learn the science and art that cheesemakers must undertake to create a beautiful brie cheese. Taste a variety of bloomy-rinds made in France, Italy and America, and learn the difference between mesophilic and thermophilic cultures. Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

August 13: The Spectrum of Blue Cheese

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Taste four of the world’s best blue cheeses, each paired with a different companion of honey, fresh pear or nut brittle. Learn the mystery behind blue cheesemaking, and what makes one blue taste different from another. If you think you don’t like blue-veined cheeses, this class may change your mind. Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

September 10: Celebrating the American Farmstead Cheesemaker

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Perhaps some of the most eye-appealing and palate-pleasing cheeses are those hand-crafted on the same farm as where the animals – whether they be cows, goat or sheep – are milked.  We’ll taste four of the best farmstead cheeses being made today in America. Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

September 12: Cheese Geek Class - Sheep Cheeses

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Sheep produce almost twice the amount of butterfat in their milk than cows. That’s one reason sheep cheeses are rich and buttery. Taste four of the best sheep milk cheeses made in the world and learn the science and composition of milk. Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

October 3, 2017: Cheese Geek Class - The Art of Affinage

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

There are three main components to producing an outstanding cheese: the milk, the cheesemaker, and the affineur. Learn how American cheesemakers are following the European tradition of cave-aging cheese; then taste the best. Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

October 8, 2017: Basque Country Cheeses

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Having just returned from a 10-day cheese tour to the Basque region of France and Spaln, Jeanne will share stories of four Basque cheeses and their cheesemakers. Learn the culture of the Basque people, their sheep farms and dairies, and the traditions that lead to several distinctive types of Basque cheese. Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. SOLD OUT

November 7, 2017: Cheese Geek Class - Pasteurized vs Raw Milk Cheeses

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Increased American regulations are causing less raw milk cheeses to be made in America, but what’s the science behind raw milk cheese? Does it taste different than cheese from pasteurized milk? We’ll do side-by-side comparisons. Tickets: $29, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

November 12, 2017: Perfect Pairings

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

From chocolate to spiced pecans to honey, more artisan food makers are crafting perfect accompaniments to cheese. We’ll taste four different perfect pairings and learn why certain foods pair better with cheese than others. Tickets: $22, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. SOLD OUT

December 5, 2017: Cheese Geek Class - The Art of Fermentation - Beer & Cheese Pairings

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Beer and cheese pair well because both are fermented foods. In this class, we’ll have a guest expert talk about why beer and cheese pair so well, and then enjoy a guided pairing of four beers and four cheeses. Cheers! Note: This class costs $35 per person. Tickets: $35. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 8 attendees. SOLD OUT

December 10, 2017: Ultimate Cheddar Cheese Flight

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

End the year with a vertical cheddar cheese flight. You’ll learn about an emerging era of American Cheddar, with cheesemakers crafting aged and bandaged Cheddars. Taste several Cheddars from one day to 15 years old, as well as a reserve Bandaged Cheddar. Tickets: $22. Seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Purchase tickets here.

Wisconsin Cheese Originals Cheese Sampler at Cheese Class for members
Wisconsin Cheese Originals Member Event - sampling 4 kinds of Wisconsin artisan cheeses
Wisconsin Cheese Originals Cheese Class cheese samples
Wisconsin Cheese Originals Cheese Class cheddar cheese samples