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Join Jeanne Carpenter, American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional, for a variety of fun and educational tasting classes.

December 4 - Cheese & Chocolate Pairings
6 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Give yourself an early holiday gift with tickets to this festive tasting of four American artisan cheeses paired with four different chocolates from local chocolatiers. Learn tips and tricks of pairing sweet with savory, and get ideas for holiday gifts for your friends and family! Limited to 20 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

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December 11- A New Age of American Cheddar
6 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Learn why Cheddars produced in different parts of the country taste significantly different, and discover an emerging era of Wisconsin super-aged and bandaged Cheddar. You’ll taste five Cheddars ranging from one to 15 years old. Limited to 25 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

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January 10 - Cheese Geek: The Science of Flavor
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Why do we eat cheese? Obviously, we know it’s full of protein and good for us in moderation, but mostly we eat cheese because it tastes good. We’ll take a deep dive into the science of how flavor = taste + aroma. Learn how acid formation, proteolysis and lipolysis determine your favorite flavors. Then taste examples of some of the best cheeses in the world. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
January 15 - The Eight Categories of Cheese
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

We start the new year learning the eight types of cheese – fresh, semi-soft, soft ripened, surface-ripened, semi-hard, aged, washed rind, and blue. Learn and taste your way through a cheese board of eight artisan cheeses, learning the story and characteristics of each. Impress your friends with your new cheese knowledge! Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $22.00 each
February 7 - Cheese Geek: The Colors of Cheese
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

You know Wisconsin’s fluorescent orange cheddar is colored with annatto, but do you know why? And why is some cheese a deep gold, while others are snow white. Why does sheep cheese turn a toasty brown as it ages? The color of cheese can give significant clues about how it was made and how it will taste. Taste cow, goat and sheep milk cheeses. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
February 12 - Gourmet Grilled Cheese
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Warm up the long Wisconsin winter with a taste of three grilled cheeses. We’ll start with learning the art of making a great toasted cheese sandwich, and then taste three variations of gourmet grilled cheese with a variety of ingredients. Taste and learn about cheeses in their natural form, and then taste the difference as they melt into gooey goodness. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $22.00 each
March 14 - Cheese Geek: Understanding Crystals
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Why do cheese crystals – those little flavor bursty bits from heaven – form in cheese. We’ll study two types of crystals: calcium lactate and tryosine, learn why each forms in different types of cheese, and how cheesemakers encourage their growth. Plus, of course, we’ll taste four different cheeses, with – you guessed it – crystal features. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
March 19 - U.S. Champion Cheeses
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

With the United States Championship Cheese Contest held in Wisconsin just one week prior to this class, we’ll taste and learn the stories of four American gold medal winning cheeses. What does it take to become a champion? We’ll find out! Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

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April 11 - Cheese Geek: Grading Cheese
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Did you know the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture employs cheese graders whose sole job is to determine the quality of cheese for market? Learn some of the 90 attributes professional cheese graders look for, and then take a turn grading cheese yourself for flavor, texture, aroma and appearance. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
April 23 - You Be the Judge
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

How are cheeses judged? What’s considered a flaw versus a feature? Learn the basics of judging cheese; then take a turn at scoring four different cheeses, complete with a blind tasting, official score sheets, and lots of fun. Taste both Wisconsin and American award-winning cheeses. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $22.00 each
May 9 - Cheese Geek: Goat Cheeses
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Twenty years ago, American goat cheeses tasted like a billy goat walked through them. Today, cheesemakers know the science behind making a clean tasting goat cheese. Learn the science of goat cheese and then taste some of the best. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
May 21 - Brie & Bubbly
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Nothing goes together better than brie and bubbly. The effervescence of champagne perfectly compliments the complexity and richness of a good bloomy rind cheese. We’ll taste a variety of brie and camembert cheeses, and enjoy two different types of bubbly, brought in special for this occasion! Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $22.00 each
June 6 - Cheese Geek: Why Cheddar Here Tastes Different
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

The difference in cheddar is attributable not only to its shape and aging, but also to the region in which it was made. Taste six different Cheddars from around the world, and learn how soil, water and grass contributes to flavor. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

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June 25 - Wisconsin Women Cheesemakers
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

In the past 10 years, more than a dozen women have entered the Wisconsin cheesemaking scene, winning awards and changing the face of American artisan cheese. Taste and hear the stories of some of the best women-inspired cheeses. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $22.00 each
July 11 - Cheese Geek: The Taste of Terroir in Alpine Cheese
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Why do cheeses made in the mountains of France and Switzerland taste different than cheeses made elsewhere? Is it the alpage grasses, the aging techniques, or hundreds of years of experience? Hint: it’s a little of all these, plus more. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

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July 16 - Cheese Duel: Wisconsin Vs. European Cheeses
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Old World favorites vs. New World upstarts: attendees will determine whether Wisconsin cheesemakers are holding their own, or may we daresay winning, the race in crafting world-class original cheeses. Taste and compare six cheeses: three European and three Wisconsin, learning the stories of each. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. 

Buy at $22.00 each
August 8 - Cheese Geek: Understanding Brie
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Learn the science and art that cheesemakers must undertake to create a beautiful brie cheese. Taste a variety of bloomy-rinds made in France, Italy and America, and learn the difference between mesophilic and thermophilic cultures. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
August 13 - The Spectrum of Blue Cheese
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Taste four of the world’s best blue cheeses, each paired with a different companion of honey, fresh pear or nut brittle. Learn the mystery behind blue cheesemaking, and what makes one blue taste different from another. If you think you don’t like blue-veined cheeses, this class may change your mind. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. 

Buy at $22.00 each
September 10 - Celebrating the American Farmstead Cheesemaker
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Perhaps some of the most eye-appealing and palate-pleasing cheeses are those hand-crafted on the same farm as where the animals – whether they be cows, goat or sheep – are milked.  We’ll taste four of the best farmstead cheeses being made today in America. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. 

Buy at $22.00 each
September 12 - Cheese Geek: Sheep Cheeses
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Sheep produce almost twice the amount of butterfat in their milk than cows. That’s one reason sheep cheeses are rich and buttery. Taste four of the best sheep milk cheeses made in the world and learn the science and composition of milk. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
October 3, 2017 - Cheese Geek: Cheese With Eyes
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Why do some cheeses have holes and others don’t? What causes “eyes” in cheese? And when are these openings a flaw, rather than a feature? Learn the basics of bacteria and why cheesemakers are using it to their advantage. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
October 8, 2017 - Basque Country Cheeses
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Having just returned from a 10-day cheese tour to the Basque region of France and Spaln, Jeanne will share stories of four Basque cheeses and their cheesemakers. Learn the culture of the Basque people, their sheep farms and dairies, and the traditions that lead to several distinctive types of Basque cheese. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. 

Buy at $22.00 each
November 7, 2017 - Cheese Geek: Pasteurized vs Raw Milk Cheeses
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Increased American regulations are causing less raw milk cheeses to be made in America, but what’s the science behind raw milk cheese? Does it taste different than cheese from pasteurized milk? We’ll do side-by-side comparisons. Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $29.00 each
November 12, 2017 - Perfect Pairings
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

From chocolate to spiced pecans to honey, more artisan food makers are crafting perfect accompaniments to cheese. We’ll taste four different perfect pairings and learn why certain foods pair better with cheese than others. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. 

Buy at $22.00 each
December 5, 2017 - Cheese Geek: The Art of Fermentation: Beer & Cheese Pairings
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

Beer and cheese pair well because both are fermented foods. In this class, we’ll have a guest expert talk about why beer and cheese pair so well, and then enjoy a guided pairing of four beers and four cheeses. Cheers! Small-group class limited to 8 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage.

Buy at $35.00 each
December 10, 2017 - Ultimate Cheddar Cheese Flight
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI

End the year with a vertical cheddar cheese flight. You’ll learn about an emerging era of American Cheddar, with cheesemakers crafting aged and bandaged Cheddars. Taste several Cheddars from one day to 15 years old, as well as a reserve Bandaged Cheddar. Limited to 22 attendees, includes glass of wine, beer or beverage. 

Buy at $22.00 each