All classes are held in the shop at Mill No. 5, 250 Jackson Street, Lowell. Join a group of 8-10 cheese enthusiasts to taste, talk, and learn! Classes are $35 per person unless otherwise noted. Advance registration is necessary due to limited space – prices include 6-8 cheeses and two beverage pairings, and students receive a 10% discount on shop purchases after class. See full class descriptions at the bottom of this page.
CHEESE and CHOCOLATE:
Sunday, May 21, 5:30 pm
Thursday, June 1, 8 pm
Thursday, July 13, 8 pm
HIGH TEA WITH CHEESE (and pairings!):
Sunday, June 11, 5:30 pm
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We offer the following classes on a regular basis, and are happy to design a custom class for your group or event! All classes include written material, pairing suggestions and, if appropriate, wine and other beverage pairings. Classes are held at Mill No. 5 in Lowell. In the mean time, if you’d like to have some fun with coworkers or host a cheese tasting for friends at home, contact Beth to talk about designing a class just for you!
Cheese 101 – Sample a cheese from each of the basic families of cheesemaking styles, from fromage blanc to blue. We’ll learn some cheese history and science, talk about milk and why it matters, and learn how to identify flavor components. Class includes samples of six to seven cheeses and accompaniments.
Cheese and Chocolate – It sounds almost too good to be true, but cheese and chocolate are perfect partners. With lots of variety and complex floral notes, chocolate is a beautiful complement to cheeses from chevre to Alpines to blues. We’ll sample six different combinations and compare notes on a few “perfect bite” recipes. Be prepared to challenge your preconceptions about how to eat chocolate and combine it with other flavors!
High Tea with Cheese – You know that cheese loves beer and wine, but do you know that cheese and tea are long-standing best friends? It’s true – the herbal flavor notes in many teas are the perfect complement for grassy, fruity, nutty cheeses. And why do we stock so many jams and preserves in the shop? Because the right pairing of cheese with something sweet makes the flavors sing! We’ll sample a range of different cheese, tea and jam styles, and you’ll leave with a sample of your favorite pairing. Learn how to plan a cheese plate around accompaniments for a different spin on a tea party.
Cheese, Cider and Mead – Cheese has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. Learn how people first discovered cheesemaking techniques, how methods have changed (and how they haven’t!) and how different styles of cheese reflect the climate, culture and history of the people who make them. Taste five artisan cheeses that tell great stories about our past with beverages that have equally significant histories (hint: hard cider and mead have been around for a long time). You’ll take home a tasting guide and map to help with your cheese travels.
Women Behind the Wheel – Some of our best cheesemakers in the United States today are women. Celebrate our sisters with tastes of 6 to 8 artisan cheeses and some accompaniments made by creative local women in food. You’ll leave with a personalized tasting journal!
Old World Styles, New World Cheese – Compare and contrast tastes of some of the great European classic cheeses like Taleggio, Gruyere, Brie and Stilton with their counterparts from American artisan cheesemakers. We’ll sample four or five Old World classics and then taste cheeses from domestic producers who have put their own spin on the old recipes.