Unexpected cheese and beer pairings

March 17, 2010 4:56:58 PM PDT
Unexpected cheese and beer pairings! Try cheeses like Crescenza and Vella Dry Jack to create different flavors and textures on your next cheese platter!

Cheese and beer pairings featured in the segment:

  • Franklin's Teleme with Napa Smith Pale Ale
    Cheese: approx. $17.99/lb.
    Beer: approx. $8.99/six pack

  • Vella Cheese Co. Vella Dry Jack with Bear Republic Peter Brown Tribute Ale
    Cheese: $7.00/lb
    Beer: approx. $4.99 for 22 oz. bottle

  • Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Co. San Joaquin Gold with Moylans Tipperary Pale Ale
    Cheese: $19.99/lb
    Beer: approx. $4.99 for 22 oz. bottle

  • Marin French Cheese Rouge et Noir Schloss with Moylans Dry Irish Stout
    Cheese: approx. $10 per 3 oz. package
    Beer: approx. $4.99 for 22 oz. bottle

  • Pt. Reyes Farmstead Original Blue with Guinness beer
    Cheese: $9.00/lb.
    Beer: approx. $6.99/six pack
LOCAL CALIFORNIA CHEESEMAKERS TOURS

Marin French Cheese Company

Located in Marin County, west of Pt. Reyes and southwest of Sonoma County
Tours are offered 7 days each week at 10:00am, 11 a.m., Noon and 3 p.m.

Groups 10 or larger need to pre-schedule. Most cheese making activity occurs Monday through Thursday between 10:00am and Noon.

Visit www.marinfrenchcheese.comfor more information.

Cowgirl Creamery

Tours offered at both the Pt. Reyes Station and Petaluma creameries


At the Pt. Reyes Station creamery, you can peek through a glassed-in viewing window and watch as they make cheese - Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Also offered at the Pt. Reyes Station creamery location is a class titled, "Cheese 101: Cheese Class and Tasting" - held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. and Friday at 11:30 a.m. The class consists of a 60-minute presentation on how and why we got started as a company and how we make our cheese.

It includes an up-close curd-making demonstration and a guided tasting of all of the Cowgirl Creamery cheeses. The charge for the class is $5 per person and reservations are recommended.

Tour reservations for the Petaluma creamery must be made online or by calling 866-433-7834. The maximum group is 20 so spaces fill up fast.

Visit www.cowgirlcreamery.com for more information

Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

New Educational & Culinary Center in Pt. Reyes Station scheduled to open this month with a special event on March 20 and culinary class on March 26.

Visit pointreyescheese.com to learn more, or become a fan on Facebook.

For more information, visit www.realcaliforniamilk.com

About Jennier Giambroni:

Dairy products have been an obsession for Jennifer from an early age - starting with chocolate milk and grilled cheese sandwiches to her current four-servings-a-day habit. Her refrigerator is known for a specialty cheese selection that rivals most retailers. She has spent the past 15 years representing California's dairy industry from research to food products.

Today she works with California dairy producers promoting dairy products that carry the Real California Milk and Real California Cheese seals.

About Andy Wild:

Andy was raised in Syracuse in upstate New York -- an area with its own local culinary gems for the well-versed gastronome. As a child, he was surrounded by a loving family with a true passion for food.

In 1993, his journey brought him to the food Mecca of Napa Valley, where he worked in a variety of operations, ranging from a brewing company to the world famous French Laundry. Andy's kitchen is his passion and to that end, he owns and operates a catering company providing upscale meals to local wineries and residents.

He is also working on his own culinary project called Wild About Food And Drink, involving an in-the-works cookbook, blog site, Facebook fan page, and cooking classes for the sustainable lifestyle enthusiast.

He has appeared on the Discovery Channel's culinary television show - the G Word, and presented at conferences such as Slow Food Nation in San Francisco and California's Artisan Cheese Festival in Petaluma since its inception in 2007. Andy's currently holds the new position of Culinary Tournante at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.


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