This hands-on class engages all the senses as participants learn to smell, taste and observe how varietal honeys and cheeses work together to create unique a unique culinary experience. Cheese expert Roxanne O’Brien teams up with varietal honey educator, Amina Harris to lead an immersive and interactive workshop. Participants will learn about a selection of cheeses, varietal honeys and what makes each of their flavors distinct. Amina and Roxy will explain what makes an exceptional pairing with everyone will having the chance to experiment with create their own.
Registration includes craft cheeses, varietal honeys and spreads, charcuterie and a glass of mead or house-made honey mocktail. Participants will take home a selection of honeys.
Roxanne O’Brien is a chef, culinary and cheese professional and educator, caterer and consultant. She has worked in the food industry for more than 40 years, including 25 years as a student of “cheese,”cheesemonger and cheese educator. She retired from the American River College Culinary Arts Program as an instructor and program catering director. Roxanne specializes in wine and food pairings and tastings, is well known for her extraordinary cheese and charcuterie arrangements, and loves to discover and share endless exciting flavor experiences. Roxanne has a passion for learning and continues to develop her knowledge and commitment to the hospitality industry.
Amina Harris has been a leader in varietal honey for nearly 45 years. She recently retired as founding director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, UC Davis, where she transformed the way that people taste and experience honey. Alongside her children, Amina owns Z Specialty Food, home to Moon Shine Trading Co. and Island of the Moon Honey, specializing in award winning varietal honeys. In 2021 her family opened The HIVE, a community gathering space and varietal honey and mead tasting room. Amina presents at culinary and beekeeping programs throughout the US and Canada.