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(Currently virtual, via Zoom)

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Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

April 8 – June 10, 2021

Online, live from the Fromagination shop!

Expand your knowledge of the world of cheese – sign up for a Fromagination class!

Our classes are informal and informative…and you get to taste the subject matter!

  They are taught by our cheesemongers and other staff members.

Classes take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in spring/summer online.

Register online. space is limited. If you have a gift certificate, please let us know at time of registration.

Comments from actual class participants

“Taking a cheese course from Fromagination not only tastes great, but it also connects you to cheeses you may not have been inclined to try. A cheese class is the perfect date night!”
A Fromagination online cheese class
“Great activity for a family looking to stay in and safe during the pandemic. Lots of leftover cheese to use later, not so much chocolate. Excellent value.”
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This is a picture of a Fromagination online cheese class.
“We are all looking for interactive experiences since COVID and this class brought that right into our home—sharing the wine and cheese experience with many people and learning about “why” we like wine & cheese so much.”
This is a picture of a Fromagination online cheese class.
“I chose to support Fromagination because I was impressed by the way the shop has handled the pandemic and the BLM protests which impacted the shop. As we’re all still  learning how to function through these changing times, this class was obviously put on by people passionate about cheese and doing their best.”

Complete spring/early summer 2021 class schedule

April 8 – Fondue at Home*

April 15 – Dairyland Experience^

April 22 – Build a Cheese Board*

April 29 – The Science of Cheese-Making^

May 6 – Cheese & Wine*

May 13 – Sheep & Goat Milk Cheeses^

May 20 – Charcuterie*

May 27 – Cheese & Beer: Wisconsin’s A-Game^

June 3 – Cheese & Chocolate*

June 10 – Wisconsin Best-in-Show Cheeses^

^ Cheese Science Series
* Entertaining with Cheese Series

Class Process

We invite all students to log in to the Zoom class before 6:30 p.m., and give yourself time to open your Fromagination cheese class kit and arrange the kit items beforehand. The classes start promptly at 6:30 and end at 7:30 p.m.

Participants will be asked to participate in a Zoom survey for a class evaluation at the end of the class.

If you have more questions after the class, feel free to contact Emily at emily@fromagination.com and put “cheese class” in the subject line. Or call Emily at 608-255-2430.

Please note: Reservations close on the Friday before each class.  Class cheese kits are shipped on Monday morning.  (Late local customers may call to see if there is still availability in the class and to pick-up a kit.)
Also note: All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. U.S. CENTRAL time.

Class Descriptions

Entertaining with Cheese Series

Fondue at Home

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Fromagination celebrates Wisconsin’s connection to Swiss cheese traditions.  Learn how to put together the fondue, what cheeses to use, and what fondue “companions” you will need. It’s fun, different and delicious.

Build a Cheese Board

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Having a great cheese plate will enhance most any event. Learn to pick the appropriate cheeses, the perfect pairings, and the proper tools to create an amazing presentation. Feel confident for your next party!

Cheese & Wine

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Cheese and wine! A common pairing, but which wines accentuate the various flavors of the same cheese? Different cheeses pair well with different level of tannins. Join us to review the principles of cheese and wine pairing.

Charcuterie

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Learn Old World flavors and quality to make serving charcuterie at your table a great experience.  We will be joined by a local producer of charcuterie, and build a beautiful charcuterie board.  Get tips on portioning, how to pick each style of meat, and pairing complementary textures and flavors.

Cheese & Chocolate

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Our first class, around Valentine’s Day, was a great success.  Let’s do it again! Find out how various cheeses combine with a variety of chocolates.  Also, get examples of other “companion foods” that you might combine with chocolate and cheese at your next party.

Cheese Science Series

Dairyland Experience

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Dairyland Experience is Fromagination’s short but comprehensive review of some great cheeses, with cheese history, science and tasting thrown in. Discuss the cheese basics with some Wisconsin creations that are anything but basic.

The Science of Cheesemaking

Thursday, April 29, 2021

We know we love cheese, but…what is it? How is it made and where does it come from? Delve into the details of how your favorite cheeses are produced.  Discuss the science behind different flavors and consistencies of cheese.

Sheep & Goat Milk Cheeses

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Sheep and goat milk are traditional sources for cheesemaking in many places, yet many Wisconsinites may not be familiar with goat cheese or sheep cheese.  In this class, learn their flavors, their digestive benefits, and their differences from cow milk cheese, too.

Cheese & Beer

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Wisconsin’s two famous passions must have a scientific explanation for their relationship, right?  Learn the factors that make products of brewing and cheese-aging sometimes symbiotic..and sometimes just icky.

Wisconsin Best-in-Show Cheeses

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Get a tasty review of some of America’s Dairyland’s best cheeses.  Wisconsin regularly wins national and international cheese competitions.  Find out why…and what to eat with your award-winners.

Cheese Class Instructors

Ken

Ken Monteleone

Ken is a former shoe buyer turned cheese lover. After numerous buying trips to Europe, he realized that his passion for working in the food world was close to his heart. During his last two years as a buyer, he found himself wanting to spend more time in the discovery of food shops of Europe than in its shoe stores. Ken started to envision what it would be like to open a specialty food shop in Madison.  Fromagination opened in 2007. Sharing his love for cheese feeds Ken’s passion.

 

Ian

Ian

Ian is relatively new to the Capitol of Cheese, but has a strong background in specialty foods.  He is a New England native that loves beer and cheese. Ian received cicerone training in New Hampshire, and he loves finding new unique craft beers and sharing them with friends and family. Ian is very excited to help educate people about what makes craft beer so interesting…and if there is artisan cheese along that path, even better!

Ben

Ben

Previously a software developer, Ben received his Wisconsin Cheesemaking License in 2020. In 2019, he worked at both Uplands Cheese and then Cedar Grove Cheese. He returned to Uplands to become involved in all parts of the cheesemaking process, from the vat to packaging. Ben has found a love for the art, science, and culture of cheesemaking.  He began working as a cheesemonger for Fromagination in 2021, thrilled gain an appreciation for the breadth of cheeses the world has to offer.  He will soon start work as a Research Cheesemaker for the Center for Dairy Research at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Catalina

Catalina

Catalina is a San Francisco-trained chef, with a background in anthropology, who has moved to Madison to explore food culture in a cheese state! Her passion derives from studying the various ways in which we can pair, plate, and consume cheese in order to enhance the overall dining experience. Come explore with Catalina, and gain a culinary perspective on the art of cheese from a professional chef!

Pat

Pat

Pat is an outreach specialist at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research, focused on delivering technical dairy information to producers, farmers, and the public at large. In his free time he runs cheesescience.org, a science resource for cheese geeks of all stripes. He also used to work at Fromagination as a cheesemonger, where he discovered some of his favorite cheeses.

 

Kyle

Kyle

Kyle works for Fromagination in communications and planning, working on the website, publications and promotion.  His love for Wisconsin cheese has grown with his time at the business, and he now knows the difference between a single malt, double IPA and a triple cream. Part of Kyle’s job is to tell the stories of great cheeses and great cheese producers in Wisconsin.  One of the perks has been to learn about everything from Crave Brothers’ bio- (methane) digesters, Brenda Jensen’s sheep herd, and Willi Lehner’s cheese cave to Marieke Penterman’s underground milk pipeline direct from the milking barn.

About Our Classes

Scheduling a Class for a group of 20 or more:

Customers may request a specially scheduled session of one of our standard classes by:

  • Confirming registration of 20 or more people (10 cheese class kits)
  • Calling Fromagination – 608-665-3363 – to schedule a class date at least two weeks in advance
  • Paying for the group registration in advance of the newly scheduled class

Customers may request and schedule special topic (non-standard) class by:

  • Confirming with a Fromagination staff person that we can create the class, subject matter, etc.
  • Confirming registration of 20 or more people (10 cheese class kits)
  • Calling Fromagination – 608-665-3363 – to schedule a class date at least one month in advance
  • Paying for the group registration in advance of the newly scheduled class

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by Fromagination: If Fromagination must cancel a class, participants will be notified and the class will be rescheduled, or participants will receive a full refund.

We will do our best to make sure the classes all go ahead as scheduled. If participants have received their cheese class kit, no refunds or extensions will be allowed for participants who miss the class.

Cancellation by participant(s): 

The cost of the class will be refunded if we receive notice seven (7) days (or more) prior to the class. If the deadline is not met, we will not refund the cost of the class.