Upcoming Events

October Wisconsin Artisan Cheesemaker Guild Meeting

Date: Tuesday, October 21
Time: Tour at 11 am, Lunch at 12:45 pm
Location: Bear Valley Affinage Tour & Talk with Jenifer Brozak, Lunch at General Store in Spring Green
Cost: Free to Guild members, lunch included

Bear Valley Affinage owner Jenifer Brozak will provide a talk and tour of her cheese aging facility in Bear Valley for interested Guild members. Jenifer ages cheese for a half dozen Wisconsin cheesemakers. Afterward, we’ll motor to the General Store in Spring Green for lunch and networking.

Gianaclis Caldwell Educational Workshop

Date: April 2015 – stay tuned for date announcement
Location: Guild Member creamery TBD
Cost: Stay tuned for more details

Gianaclis is cheesemaker and owner (along with her husband, Vern Caldwell and their daughters Phoebe and Amelia) of Pholia Farm, a licensed dairy in southern Oregon. Pholia Farm is well known for its artisan, aged raw milk cheeses; classes on small-dairy, goat husbandry, and cheesemaking at all levels. Gianaclis is author of:

  • Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking – The Ultimate Guide for Home Scale and Market Producers, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012
  • The Farmstead Creamery Advisor – The Complete Guide to Building a Small, Farm-based Cheese Business, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010
  • The Small Scale Dairy – due out Spring 2014, Chelsea Green Publishing.

An exact date and itinerary will be announced in January.

First Annual Cheesetopia

Date: Sunday, April 12, 2015
Location: The Pritzlaff Building in the Historic Third Ward of Downtown Milwaukee
Cost: To be announced

All Guild members will be invited to exhibit at this new annual event. Year one will be at the Pritzlaff Building in the Historic Third Ward of downtown Milwaukee, Year two in downtown Chicago, and Year 3 in downtown Minneapolis. The theme is: “Bringing the best of Midwest artisan and farmstead cheese to the heart of the city.” The event will be a one-day sample and sell show, open to 700 ticketed attendees and will include tasting seminars. In addition to Wisconsin Guild members, the event will be also be open to artisan cheesemakers from the Great Lakes Region, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Stay tuned for more details.