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Cheese: History, Tasting, and Pairing With Erika Kubick

$75 per person Online Experience
4 sessions
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$75 per person
$75 per person
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What We’ll Do

In this four-part lecture series, trace the history of cheesemaking and learn how to taste, identify, serve, and pair different kinds of cheese. 

Course Description

Join cheesemonger, author, and self-proclaimed Cheese Preacher Erika Kubick for a glimpse into the long relationship between humans and cheese. We’ll look at how the art of cheesemaking has evolved through time and space, from theories on its origin to the creation of monastic cheese, the rise of Industrial Revolution-era cheddar, the happenings of contemporary creameries, and beyond. While deepening our understanding of where cheese comes from, we’ll also learn more about how to serve and pair it, with the second half of each class dedicated to tasting, pairing, and plating one specific category of cheese. Not only will you leave this course with the confidence to buy, serve, taste, and pair different kinds of cheese, but also a new or renewed reverence for cheese of the past, present, and future. 

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Syllabus At A Glance

There are four total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for 1.5 hours on four consecutive Wednesdays beginning December 1.

Session 1 (Wednesday, 12/1, 7–8:30 PM ET): The Beginning: Theories on discovery and ancient cheeses

Tasting focus: fresh cheese

Session 2 (Wednesday, 12/8, 7–8:30 PM ET): Medieval Cheeses: From dairy maids to cheese monks

Tasting focus: bloomy and washed rind cheeses

Session 3 (Wednesday, 12/15, 7–8:30 PM ET): Cheese in the New World: Alpine cheese & the rise of cheddar 

Tasting focus: aged cheeses such as cheddar Gruyère, and Gouda

Session 4 (Wednesday, 12/22, 7–8:30 PM ET): Cheese of Today: The American cheese revolution, contemporary creameries, and final discussion

Tasting focus: today’s star cheeses

Between Sessions

Students who would like to participate in tastings during class should visit their local cheese counter outside of class to find and sample a cheese from the featured category. They’ll also be encouraged to try out one of the recommended pairings with that cheese. We’ll share our experiences at the beginning of each class and talk about what we did and didn’t like about it. Further reading resources will be provided but are not required.  

Course Materials

Students will receive a shopping list each week detailing recommended cheeses to purchase at a grocery store or cheese shop. Equipment we’ll be using during the plating and tasting workshop includes a cutting board, plate, dinner knife, and chef’s knife. 

Pricing Options

We currently offer tiered ticket pricing in an effort to increase accessibility for all students, regardless of economic situation. Our lecture series are available at three ticket prices, with a limited number of no-pay spots available for students who could not otherwise participate. This model is intended to support a wider range of students as well as our instructors. To learn more about our tiered sliding scale pricing model, please visit our FAQ page.

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For answers to commonly asked questions, check out our FAQ page here.

Where We’ll Be

Once registered, you’ll receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite that will provide access to the class meeting. Please save the confirmation email as you’ll use it to access your course via Zoom on each scheduled date and time.

About Your Instructor
Erika Kubick
Erika Kubick

Erika Kubick is the cheesemonger-turned-preacher behind Cheese Sex Death, an advocacy brand devoted to educating and empowering cheese lovers everywhere. Her mission is to reinvent the experience of eating cheese, turning it into a familiar ritual that you can enjoy every day. Through a sultry stream of cheese porn on social media, Erika has created a safe space for cheese lovers and amassed a following of 63k. She’s held cheese classes across the country, and her first book, Cheese Sex Death: A Bible for the Cheese Obsessed, debuts this fall (and is available for pre-order here).

What Else You Should Know

This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch a recording after each session airs. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. Within 72 hours after each session airs, we will email all enrolled students a recording of the session, which they can watch using a temporary password for up to ten weeks after the course concludes.

In most cases, instructors will use Google Classroom to communicate with students outside of class. While students aren’t required to use Classroom, instructors will be using this platform to post resources, discussion questions, and assignments, when applicable.

We provide closed captioning for all of our courses, as well as transcripts upon request. Please reach out to us at experiences@atlasobscura.com if you have any questions, requests, or access needs.

Dates and Availability
  • Wed, Dec 1, 2021
    7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    $75
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