Sacramento now has its very own cheese school.
Local resident Jody Lagorio opened the school, C’est le Cheese, in late February. She holds cheese-and-wine-pairing classes two or three times a month at the Penthouses at Capitol Park, atop the Marriott Residence Inn at 1127 15th St.
The classes are formal tastings: Each student gets a plate of artisanal cheeses paired with appropriate wines (or, in some cases, summer ales or even olive oils).
Lagorio doesn’t actually teach the classes. Instead, she has a faculty of three: Judy Creighton, a San Francisco cheese store owner, columnist and cheese judge; Sheana Davis, a Sonoma chef and cheesemaker; and Laura Martinez, a food consultant who has worked with Cowgirl Creamery.
Lagorio was inspired by The Cheese School of San Francisco, where all three of her faculty members teach. “I went to a couple of classes and thought Sacramento would love to have something like that here,” she says.
Upcoming classes include Basic Cheese Primer (June 23), Cheese & Olive Oil Pairing (July 9), Wine & Cheese of France (July 14), Summer Ales & Cheese (July 29) and Wine & Cheese of Italy (Aug. 11). The two-hour classes start at 6:30 p.m. and cost $45.
Who attends? All types, says Lagorio: “Foodies, women doing girls’ night out, people celebrating a birthday. One man even brought his daughter. It’s a fun, informative thing to do on a weeknight.”
For more information, go to www.cestlecheese.com.