Excellent and engaging session with extremely knowledgeable and helpful expert! Perfect session to get us excited for upcoming trip to France.
The “guide,” Jennifer, was wonderful. She delivered a wonderful mix of history, industry “geeky” notes on production methods, and what lends the distinctive character each of the selected cheeses possesses. She also had helpful cultural information (don’t slice the nose off of the Brie!) and info on wine pairings and designing a cheese board. I assume that most of the participants had acquired the cheeses mentioned in the registration materials ahead of time (as did I), and my only (minor) suggestion for improving future presentations are for her to lead us in tasting the particular cheeses, rather than to have us just eat along while she’s explaining history, details of rind, etc. Even better if Context would collaborate with online cheese mongers to sell selections. FWIW, in purchasing the recommended cheeses on my own, I was unable to find all five at a single seller, and opted for four from one seller (minimum chunks of 1/2 pound), and got a “Paris” Brie from my local Whole Foods (they did not have any of the particular AOC cheeses). I spent slightly over $100 (including shipping) to get larger quantities of cheeses than ideal, given what Jennifer mentioned about soft cheeses lasting only a few days and harder ones only a week). I suspect there’s a profit-making opportunity for context at a price point less than or equal to $100 to ship all five recommended cheeses as an add-on to those who would wish to avail themselves of that opportunity.
Excellent presentation. Knowledgeable speaker.
This class was wonderful! I learned so much about cheeses. I never knew that cheese can be so interesting.
This was a very interesting and informative seminar on French cheeses. Jennifer is knowledgeable and articulate.