Just learned that Randolph Hodgson, founder of the United Kingdom’s famed Neal’s Yard Dairy, will visit Wisconsin later this month to offer affinage expertise to state cheesemakers and industry reps.

While Hodgson will spend several days visiting individual cheesemakers across the state and discussing cheese aging practices, he will also be available for a public affinage workshop in Monroe, Wis. at Roth Käse USA on March 24. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and registration is limited to the first 25 advance sign-ups. Call 608-224-5083 to register. I know this one will sell out fast so hurry if you want in the door!

If you haven’t had the chance to meet Hodgson or hear him speak, you should know that he is a renowned cheese aging expert and was pivotal in championing the preservation of British farmhouse cheeses in the early 1980s.

Randolph has continued to work with cheesemakers, inspectors and retailers to build the United Kingdom’s artisan cheese industry. I first heard him speak at an American Cheese Society luncheon and when he talked, people listened. Not only did they listen, they stopped eating, as in the room was completely silent – the audience hung on his every word.

Randolph commands respect across the world. Can’t wait to meet him and hope you get the chance, too.