|Hard Cheese Cave|
|Brie Cheese Cave|
|Stinky Cheese Cave|
Because different cheeses age at different rates and in different climates, each of their caves is tailored to provide the ideal conditions for the type of cheese it nourishes. They divide cheeses into five categories: goat, blue, washed rind, bloomy rind, and tome, in their state of the art facility, the only one of its kind in the country, featuring five colossal caves, custom-designed and constructed to control temperature and humidity to one-tenth of a degree! Once they receive the gourmet artisanal cheeses from producers all over the world, they have the unique equipment and knowledge required to age each one to perfection in the ideal conditions.
|Goat Cheese Cave|
As Dean of Curriculum and Maître Fromager at Artisanal Premium Cheese Center, McCalman leads the charge to raise awareness and spread the joys of cheese to consumers and professionals. He is a highly visible advocate for artisanal cheese production and is renowned as one of the cheese world's living legends for his expertise, insight and passion. McCalman is a regular contributor to Cheese Connoisseur and to Culture magazines. In 2010 McCalman was selected by an international jury of the French Food Spirit Awards for his contribution to the international understanding of French food culture. That same year, he received an Odyssey award for Special Projects from Hendrix College. Max produces a series of 'how to' instructional videos, covering not only the basics of cheese, but proper tasting techniques, cheese care and he is a regular speaker at Artisanal's Master Classes.
The Artisanal Cheese Center has hosted thousands of patrons that have come to their classes to hear the faculty teach about cheese. Many of the leading cheese experts in the country have trained here and have used this platform of excellence to develop wonderfully successful careers. Each tasting class lasts approximately 90 minutes and is preceded by a 30 minute welcome reception featuring sparking wine, classic fondue and cheese platters. Mingle, relax and enjoy the ease and elegance of Artisanal. A mix of innovative classes and instruction, Artisanal offers a Craft Beer pairings classes as well as the Scotch class described below.
Single & Blended Scotch with Cheese
Master ClassThis intensive two-day seminar is specially designed for cheese lovers and industry professionals. The Artisanal Premium Cheese Master Class covers the entire world of cheese, from milk types to cheese-making, affinage to appreciation, placing an emphasis on selection, proper storage and care, service and handling, the nutritive values, as well as wine pairings and the economics of cheeses in the retail and restaurant environment. This class is for the enthusiast and the food-service professional alike.
Students should plan on tasting and learning about close to one hundred cheeses over the course of the seminar and learning more than they ever thought they could about cheese! This intensive series is condensed into two days to make it easier for out-of-town students to plan to attend. Upon completion of the seminar, students receive a certificate, recognized industry-wide. Class Times: Sunday - Monday 9:00AM - 6:45 PM For a complete Schedule of available classes click click here. Please note that enrollment is limited to 20 students - sign up today!
- 1400 square foot event space featuring a reception area and adjoining main room
- Fully equipped, state-of-the-art open demonstration kitchen with Viking ovens and range and All-Clad copper cookware
- Audiovisual equipment includes two plasma screens and video capabilities
- Selection of over 200 perfectly aged artisan cheeses from the on-site caves
- Experienced fromagers and sommeliers to lead cheese and wine tastings
Affineurs individually cut and pack each cheese to order. They specially wrap and ship all packages so they arrive in perfect condition. Each order is packaged in insulated cartons, fitted with gel ice packs and cushioned with packing peanuts to ensure quality standards for up to 48 hours. All orders are shipped to arrive overnight by FedEx. You will receive your order one day after the ship date which in most cases is one day after your order date. Your order arrives in perfect condition with Fromager notes and display tags. I have seen the dedication and care that goes into the cheeses and process at Artisanal first hand and I can attest to the fact that these people love cheese. On the day I visited the caves, even though there was a full class that night and despite the fact that these people deal day in and day out with pungent aromas of cheese permeating the air, and despite the fact that they breath, eat, sleep, talk and dream cheese, they were all excited. They hurried me back in to the rear offices to partake in what is a Friday afternoon ritual. Yup, you guessed it, the Staff Cheese Tasting, where each week, they taste the new cheeses that have arrived from all over the world. Who was I to say no. Like I said, these people love cheese. So do I.
Sources; All pics courtesy of http://www.artisanalcheese.com