Upcoming Events

December 9: Ultimate Wisconsin Cheddar Throwdown
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


A new era of Wisconsin Cheddar has emerged in the past decade, with more cheesemakers moving to artisan aged and bandaged Cheddars. We'll taste three aged Cheddars from one to 15 years, as well as a reserve Bandaged Cheddar. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. SOLD OUT



January 20, 2015: Cheese 101: Tasting the Eight Categories of Cheese
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


Start out the year with a refresher course on the eight different types of cheese: fresh, semi-soft, soft ripened, surface-ripened, semi-hard, aged, washed rind, and blue. Learn and taste your way through your very own cheese board of eight American artisanal cheeses, learning the story and characteristics of each. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. SOLD OUT



February 19: Relishing the Rind
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


To eat or not to eat? 'Tis the age-old question of cheese rinds. Explore the different types of cheese rinds: bloomy, ash, and washed, taste exquisite examples of each, and learn what cheesemakers must undertake to create a beautiful rind. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



March 24: March Madness: American Originals
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


The United States is home to some of the most innovative cheesemakers in the world. We'll taste four original cheeses dreamt up by cheesemakers either through sheer genius or, more often, by mistake. Hear the stories of what it takes to create an award-winning American Original. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



April 12: First Annual CheeseTopia
Historic Pritzlaff Building, Milwaukee, Wis.


This new event from Wisconsin Cheese Originals aims to bring the best of Midwest artisan and farmstead cheese to the heart of the city. Year one will be hosted inside the Pritzlaff Building, a rehabbed warehouse in the Historic Third Ward of downtown Milwaukee. Year two will be in downtown Chicago, and Year 3 in downtown Minneapolis. Attendees will shake hands, talk shop, sample and buy their favorite cheeses direct from artisan and farmstead cheesemakers from the Great Lakes Region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Break-out seminars will also be offered. Tickets to go on sale in 2015.



April 21: U.S. Champion Cheeses
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


With the United States Championship Cheese Contest held in Wisconsin just one month prior to this class, we'll taste and learn the stories of four American gold medal winning cheeses. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



May 21: You Be the (Cheese) Judge
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


American Cheese Society Judge Patty Peterson from Milwaukee joins this class and walks attendees through an official cheese judging session. She'll teach the basics, and then let YOU be the judge with a blind tasting, official score sheets, and lots of fun. Taste both Wisconsin and American award-winning cheeses. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



June 16: American Sheep's Milk Cheeses
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


Nutty, rich and rare: sheep's milk cheeses date back thousands of years, with perhaps the most famous sheep's milk cheese being Roquefort. Taste four American and International sheep's milk cheeses and learn what makes this category of cheese extra special. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



July 21: Brie & Bubbly
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


Summer is high season for artisan brie and bloomy rind cheeses, as animals are in full milk production mode and cheesemakers have plenty of milk to create luscious, creamy beautiful bloomies for us to enjoy. Taste four brie and camembert-style cheeses and enjoy a glass of bubbly with each! Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



August 18: Perfect Pairings
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


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. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



September 17: Stinky Cheeses
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


Americans are become more sophisticated when it comes to big, bold cheeses that can smell up a room and washed rind cheese is one of the fastest growing categories of artisan cheese. We'll taste four washed-rind beauties whose bark is often much different than their bite. Get it past your nose, and stinky cheese may just become your new favorite. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



October 22: Virtual Road Trip - Cheeses of Switzerland
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


Having just returned from leading a 10-day tour exploring the cheeses of Switzerland, Jeanne will introduce you to four of her new favorite Swiss cheeses and tell the stories of Alpine cheesemaking. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



November 10: Charcuterie & Cheese
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


Artisanal cured meats and hand-crafted cheeses are a natural pairing in the world of good food. Taste three original pairings of local, award-winning charcuterie and Wisconsin cheeses. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.



December 8: Ultimate Cheddar Cheese Flight
Firefly Coffeehouse, Oregon, Wis.


End the year on a high note, with a vertical cheddar cheese flight. You’ll learn about a new era of Wisconsin Cheddar emerging, with cheesemakers crafting aged and bandaged Cheddars. Taste three aged Cheddars from one to 15 years, as well as a reserve Bandaged Cheddar. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 North Main Street in downtown Oregon, Wis., just 10 minutes south of Madison. Class begins at 7 p.m. Tickets: $22 and seats must be reserved in advance. Limited to 22 attendees. Register at www.wicheeseclass.com.