Pit yourself among fellow cheese whizzes with today’s side deal, offering a $75 all-access pass to the first-ever Colorado Cheese Festival, on November 14, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Denver Tech Center, a $120 value. The pass gets you general admission (a $20 value), access to the grilled cheese challenge and reception (a $50 value), and afternoon breakout sessions to learn the art of serving cheese, making nontraditional beverage pairings, and participating in a wine vs. beer pairing challenge (a $50 value). A portion of the proceeds will go to the Food Bank of the Rockies, an organization that provides food supplies to more than 1,000 hunger-relief programs across Northern Colorado and Wyoming. If you prefer general-admission tickets, click here.
In addition to eight hours of gourmet cheese nibbles and noshes from participating vendors and a cheese-making demonstration by Rich McGaughey, you’ll also get to witness culinary heavyweights (Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg, Table 6’s Scott Parker, and five other top-rated chefs from local restaurants) duke it out for grilled-cheese greatness in the hottest competition since the previous hottest competition. After viewing the melty magic, spend the afternoon schooling yourself on various dairy dilemmas, including perfect pairings and detailed suggestions for styling the perfect cheese platter.
It’s a known fact that cheese makes everything taste better. Your newfound or enhanced knowledge can help prepare you for impromptu houseguests or parties, encourage you to upgrade from the orange powdered forms, or inspire you to pursue a new career as a cheese reviewer.
Fromage to Yours
Expert gourmand Jackie Rebideau has a peculiar passion for cheese. In an effort to share this ardor with the public, she created Fromage to Yours, a company that holds classes and special events to educate people about this celebrated edible. In addition to her recently launched grilled cheese food truck, Mobile Meltz, Jackie teaches pupils about the art of making artisan cheeses such as mozzarella, halloumi, ricotta, and paneer, demonstrating tasteful techniques and dispelling myths that the holes in swiss cheese are formed by mini meteors training for future journeys to the moon. Fromage to Yours also orchestrates special events such as the Colorado Cheese Festival, which more than 150 samples of artisanal American cheese.