In exciting news, my friend Jeska helped me set up a Facebook page for my new organization, Wisconsin Cheese Originals. I love people who know how to use technology. Now you can keep up to date and share opinions on what all we should talk about at the first annual Wisconsin Original Cheese Festival this November. Check out the discussion board and give me some ideas on seminar topics for Saturday afternoon!

If you’re interested in attending, I’d highly encourage you to become a member of Wisconsin Cheese Originals. Tickets to the festival will go on sale to members in August and remaining tickets will be available to the public in September. All events have limited seating and I’m expecting everything to sell out in advance.
Here’s an update on the schedule of events — plans are shaping up nicely. Whoo-hoo!
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009: Meet the Cheesemaker Gala Event — you’ll get to meet a variety of Wisconsin cheesemakers and sample their artisan, farmstead and specialty cheeses.  Appetizers served.  Cash bar available.
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Grand Terrace overlooking Lake Monona, Monona Terrace, Madison, Wis.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009: Morning events
Tour Option A: Dane County Farmer’s Market & Fromagination Cheese Tasting
Time: 8:30 a.m. — meet in lobby of Madison Hilton Hotel
You’ll join a group of 5-6 people for a personalized walking tour of the nation’s largest producer-driven farmer’s market with special cheese tasting afterward at Fromagination. Lunch at Fromagination included.
Tour Option B: Green County Cheese Plant Tour & Fondue Lunch
Time: 8:30 a.m. — meet in lobby of Madison Hilton Hotel
You’ll join a group of 25 cheese enthusiasts on a private coach bus to tour two Green County cheese plants and end with an amazing Fondue Lunch at Roth Käse USA in Monroe.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009: Afternoon events
Educational seminars: Choose from a variety of seminar topics, all focusing on celebrating Wisconsin artisan cheeses.
Time: 1 – 4:45 p.m.
Location: Hall of Ideas rooms at Monona Terrace.
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009: Evening events

Artisan Cheesemaker Dine Around at participating Madison Originals Restaurants
Time: 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: Participating Madison restaurants
Experience a culinary treat at one of a several participating Madison restaurants, where each chef will partner with a unique Wisconsin cheesemaker and host a special dinner.
Stay in touch via Facebook, or become a member, and I’ll send you a monthly newsletter with news and happenings in the Wisconsin cheese world. Great fun!

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