I’m off to India until Jan 24 (I’ll be sure to write a review of their paneer cheese when I return), but in the meantime, here’s a listing of some of the cheese classes going on around the state.

Carr Valley Cooking School has announced a second year of programming at its Sauk City store and kitchen. The first classes are on Jan. 14, 15 and 16 and feature current and former chefs from The American Club in Kohler. Then between April and June, a variety of well-known chefs from Madison, Washington, D.C., Miami Beach, Chicago, Milwaukee and Denver will be featured. I’d highly recommend these classes — I attended a couple last spring and they were outstanding.

Fromagination in Madison looks to have a good line-up of upcoming classes during the next couple of months. Classes range from wine & beer pairings to meeting Wisconsin cheesemakers to Cheese 101 (shameless plug here — I teach the Feb. 5 class). These classes tend to fill up, so be sure to send in your registration early if you’d like to attend.

Milwaukee Public Market is also offering a series of cooking and food classes. While none pertain specifically to cheese, they all look yummy – especially the winter stew class on Feb. 7.

Cheese of the Week: okay, so this isn’t a class, but it’s still cool. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board has put together a pretty savvy feature of a different cheese each week, paired with a different chef or artisan cheese shop owner from around the country. This week’s cheese is SarVecchio, with a podcast from Tori Miller, chef at L’Etoile in Madison.

Talk to you all when I get back on Jan. 25!