Public Cheese Classes & Events

Winter Classes & Events

I teach public and private cheese making and wine & cheese classes all over the Bay Area! Find out more about my private classes here, or email [email protected] with questions. As a friendly reminder, these classes fill up fast. If they’re listed but sold out, ask about a waiting list- sometimes spots open up. 


March Classes + Events

Ridge Vineyards Montebello Collector’s Tasting
March 9th-10th, Saturday/Sunday, Ridge Vineyards/Monte Bello, Santa Cruz
Join us for our 18th annual Component Tasting on March 9th & 10th. This event is an exclusive opportunity for Monte Bello Collector Members to participate firsthand in the assemblage process and taste barrel samples of the separate varietal components for the 2018 vintage of Monte Bello: cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. Members of the winemaking team will be on-hand during the event to discuss the vintage. Kirstin Jackson will be serving the cheese.

Suds & Curds: Beer and Cheese Pairing 101
March 14th, Thursday 7pm, 18 Reasons, San Francisco
Beer and cheese is the perfect pairing. Both fermented perfection, beer and cheese compliment each other’s nuances (and sometimes even finish each other’s sentences). In this class, we will teach you how to pair craft beer to artisan cheeses so that you’ll never have to enjoy one without the again. You’ll learn about beer and cheese production, how to match beer styles to cheese categories, and how to embrace the two as a pairing as natural as cheese and wine.

Cheesemaking 101
March 20th, Wednesday 7pm, 18 Reasons, San Francisco
Making your own cheese and butter doesn’t have to be difficult, and after a quick lesson in dairy science, we will show you how to master them at home. After learning what dairy to use and where to source ingredients, you’ll transform your milk and cream into rich ricotta, fluffy and spiced fromage blanc, and rich butter. The class will start with a sampling of commercial variations, and end with light snacks that use the cheeses you perfected in class.

California Artisan Cheese Festival
March 23rd, Sunday 11am, PennyRoyal Cheese, Boonville 
Spring is the season for kids and lambs, and there isn’t a more adorable time of year to visit Pennyroyal Farm!  Following the tour, Pennyroyal Farm executive chef Izzy Leas will serve up a true farm to table lunch.  Enjoy a seasonal multi-course lunch prepared from the bounty of the kitchen garden as well as farmstead meat and cheese.  Finally, join Pennyroyal Farm cheesemaker Erika McKenzie-Chapter and It’s Not You, It’s Brie author and educator Kirstin Jackson for a delicious and instructive seminar that poses the question:  if it grows together, does it go together?

Domestic Darlings
March 26th, Tuesday 6:30pm, The Cheese School of San Francisco
We’re bringing you some of the most influencial cheeses made here in the good ole U.S of A. The story of how artisanal cheese came to be in America and how some of our favorite cheesy delights have propelled a new generation of cheesemakers to continue the legacy. We promise you’ll walk out with new favorites and stories for your next dinner party.

April Classes + Events

Making Mozzarella Cheese
April 2nd, Tuesday 7pm, Preserved, Oakland
Sweet, stretchy, melty and full of flavor, mozzarella is one of the world’s most popular cheeses. Join us as we explore the magic of cheesemaking at home. In this workshop, we’ll DISCUSS the basics of cheese science, what milk to use and how to make your own mozzarella cheese at home! We will get HANDS-ON as we move through the stages of cheesemaking: fermenting the milk, cutting and stretching the curds. Plus we will TASTE some of our favorite finished versions of mozzarella.

Grown-Up Grilled Cheese Party
April 11, Tuesday 6:30pm, Draegers, Menlo Park
Cheese Tasting
Classic & Daring Grilled Cheese Combinations
Talk Cheese Melting Science and Strategies
Share in the Cooking, Then Enjoy Paired Tastes of Beer and Wine

Ridge Vineyards 2nd Montebello Assemblage Tasting
April 13th-14th, Saturday/Sunday, Ridge Vineyards/Monte Bello, Santa Cruz
This year’s second assemblage tasting event provides Monte Bello Collector members and their guests a special opportunity to taste the new vintage and experience the splendor of the Monte Bello estate. Meet and mingle with the winemaking team while you preview the 2018 Monte Bello and sample a selection of wines featured alongside an array of cheeses, breads, and charcuterie from local artisan producers. Kirstin Jackson will be serving the cheese.

Cooking with Cheese
April 17th, Wednesday 6:30pm, 18 Reasons, San Francisco

Mozzarella & Burrata: Afterwork Cheesemaking
April 23rd,Tuesday, 5-8pm , The Cheese School, San Francisco
Mozzarella on nearly every aspiring home-cheesemaker’s to-do list. Yet, it’s not easy to get it right. Why won’t your curds form a ball? When you do get the ball to form, why is it hard enough for a game of hacky-sack? These are the mysteries of mozzarella. In this class, Kirstin Jackson will not only demystify the mozz, but also get you on the road to making perfect ovalini and bocconcini every time. But wait! There’s more! We’ll use our curds to make everyone’s favorite cheese, burrata.

Beginning Italian Cheesemaking
April 30th, Tuesday 6:30pm, Draegers, San Mateo
Creamy Mascarpone
Herbed Goat Cheese
Enjoy the Cheeses in Some Easy Appetizers