At Central Market, Everything You Need to Know About Cheese, And Then Some

Since October is National Cheese Month, it's fine time to "Meet the Cheeses" at Central Market, where, in addition to their standard vast collection, they're hosting a few classes.

For the industrious cheese devotee, Allison Hooper is in town to host a class this Thursday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., called "In a Cheesemaker's Kitchen." Hooper got her start in cheese as a college student when she randomly wrote to French farmers asking if she could spend the summer working with them. With no experience to offer, she vowed hard work. A family in Brittany took her up on the offer, which set into motion her life-long journey in European artisanal cheese-making. Now she has her own farm and owns the Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery.

In her class on Thursday, Hooper will explain some background in cheese making, and demonstrate a few dishes like a baked Bonne Buche and a spinach-mascarpone stuffed chicken breast. The class cost $45 and includes a copy of Hooper's new book, appropriately titled In a Cheesemaker's Kitchen.

For those in agreement that a grilled cheese sandwich is the best comfort food of all time, this Friday, October 14, the CM Cooking School will have a lunch-time class from noon to 1:00 p.m. covering a few melt-a-licious sandwiches like a "French Croque Madame," which is grilled ham and Gruyere with an egg. They'll also make a Spanish manchego with jamon serrano. There's even a dessert sandwich with goat cheese ice cream and roasted red cherries. Outside of a nap, this has to be the most productive way to spend a lunch break.

On Monday, October 17, Cécile Delannes will host a class on French cheeses, which will all be paired with French wine and cider. Dalannes is the Ambassadress of the French Cheese Club which is an association of five family-owned French fromageries. Delannes was raised in the largest cheese-producing region of France and while she probably won't be making sandwiches, we're sure she has some pointers.

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