If you haven’t stopped in at les amis du FROMAGE on 843 East Hastings, you are missing out. If you love cheese or want to learn more about cheese, this is the place to go. This fall they will be sharing some of their vast knowledge of cheese and offering some great classes in store including:
Wine and Cheese 101 – September 15th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $60
One of the owners Allison Spurrell will provide you with a roadmap for matching various cheese types and the wines that best suit them. Allison will introduce cheese basics, including milk types, textures, flavours, how to care for and serve fine cheeses. You will learn how best to pair wine with cheese. And yes, of course, there will be samples so you can discover what is perfect for you.
Ole Espana – September 30th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $65
Allison will take you on a tour of taste with a selection of Spanish cheeses, charcuterie, preserves, olives and olive oils from Spain. We hear this tasting will again include some fantastic wine pairings including Cava and sherry.
Vive la Quebec – October 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm $70
Allison is back to take you on a taste tour of Québec’s finest cheeses paired with some Canadian wines. You can expect to taste a range of cheeses including goat, firm, washed rind and triple cream, paired with some Eastern Canadian wines and we hear maybe a Québec beer or two. This event will finish up with a bite of their home made Tourtiere.
If you hadn’t heard les amis du FROMAGE has been voted “Best Cheese Shop” by readers of The Georgia Straight, The Westender and The Courier. They have another location in Kitsilano, but the tasting events are being held at the East Van location. Tickets for these are available online.