Tenaya Darlington, a.k.a. Madame Fromage, instructs her students in the ways of whey this fall in her three-session traveling cheese school. (Photo by Jason Varney)
Students craving gastronomic education certainly have options in Philadelphia — what with Beer School at Strangelove’s, fall classes at Cook and more.
But as everyone knows, students hungry for food and drink knowledge are always starving for more.
All the more reason to get excited about Madame Fromage’s Traveling Cheese School holding fall sessions at the lovely Metropolitan Cafe.
The school is the brainchild of author, professor and “cheese courtesan,” Tenaya Darlington, who published Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes and Pairings earlier this year.
In each class she will demystify the world of curds and whey through informative discussions of some of cheese’s many different varieties, while offering serving and pairing tips, as well as sharing tastes of the types talked about.
The first class, Wedges and Beer, takes place on September 30 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., after hours at Metropolitan Cafe in Rittenhouse. The session will explore the relationship between beer and cheese, with beers provided by Victory Brewing Company.
That class is followed by Wedges and Wine on October 7, and The Cheese of Birchrun Hills Farms, featuring cheese-maker Sue Miller, on October 21.
Along with cheeses, and beverages, Metropolitan Bread will be served at each class. What’s more, the cheeses featured in each class will be available at Metropolitan Bakery’s 19th Street Shop while supplies last.
The classes run just $35 per person (or $100 for all three classes), and registration is available online. Don’t wait, though, as these classes cap at 25 students.
What a delicious way to go back to school.
Madame Fromage’s Traveling Cheese School
When: Monday, September 30, October 7 and October 21, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Metropolitan Cafe, 264. S. 19th Street
Cost: $35 per class, or $100 for all three
More info: www.metropolitanbakery.com