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- What cheeses should I start with?
- Where can I find the necessary ingredients?
- Will I need to buy a lot of expensive equipment?
- Can I make aged cheeses, too?
We can answer these, and many more of your cheesemaking questions!
The Art of Cheese is dedicated to teaching home-cheesemakers how to make GREAT cheese with minimal fuss and equipment.
We offer 1 and 2-hour classes as well as full and multi-day courses – at our place or yours!
Check our calendar page for upcoming events and register today!
Have Fun… Make Great, Healthy Cheese… Impress Your Friends & Family!
Just imagine serving beautiful, handcrafted, all-natural cheeses to your friends and family. Our classes will walk you through the process, step-by-step, from sourcing the best milk, through de-mystifying the simple and magical transformation of milk into delectable cheese. Classes are fun and provide a variety of opportunities to really understand all aspects of cheesemaking.
We also offer a certification program where you can take multiple classes at a discounted rate and become a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum Level Artisan Home-Cheesemaker!
Get ready to be creative! Cheesemaking is as much art as it is a science. Come learn with us!
"“I have had the opportunity to take three different cheese classes with Kate. The classes were all filled with great information about the different cheeses, and techniques that can easily be applied for making cheese at home. Kate clearly has a special gift for teaching, her passion comes through in every class. I love the classes, love the instructor and best of all, I love that I can make cheese at home!” –Megan S."
"As a cheese lover, I was first drawn to Kate’s class as a student and was so impressed that I wanted to help spread the word about her valuable teachings. I set up a series of classes at our local Senior Center, and the evaluations were some of the best I’d ever seen. Kate’s passion for cheese making is infectious, and her ability to simplify and demystify the process makes it accessible to anyone. Tasting fresh-made cheese is truly a sensual experience and connects us with our food in a way that has been lost in our culture, for the most part. Having the tools to make these wonderful treats ourselves is an added bonus. Kate offers us these gifts, along with her down-to-earth, fun and engaging style. But, more than that, this is a woman who is committed to making the world a better place—in her own family, her work with kids (yes, both goat and human!), her personal coaching, her active involvement in environmental causes, and her focus on sustainability. I don’t know how she does it all, but she does it all well! –Peggy A."
"I’m a huge cheesy fan of Kate Johnson and The Art of Cheese. From the day I sat in Kate’s mozzarella class just to learn more about her to do some graphics for her business, I became home-cheese empowered and enchanted. I sought more teaching about cheese making from Kate and began my Guide Italian cheese-making habit! Kate’s skills as a coach and farm-woman and her playful and generous style demystifies cheese-making and makes it easy to give your home and your friends wonderful homemade cheeses. I also loved learning about her goats and her ideas about sustainable living, through Briar Gate Farm. Yay Art of Cheese of Colorado! –Christina C."
"Kate is great! She’s very engaging, will make you laugh during class, and has a very inclusive attitude when teaching. My boyfriend and I attended a silver level class and really loved the experience. She makes the material fun and provides take home resources to support you through the entire process. I left feeling knowledgeable and eager to try the recipes myself at home, and I was able to purchase very reasonably priced kits and supplies after class to get started. I can’t say enough positive things about this class! I’m looking forward to taking another. –Lauren P."
"I’ve got 4 classes under my belt now and they just keep getting better and better! One of these days, I’ll even start making my own at home – plans for a wonderful wine tasting paired with homemade cheeses! Thanks Kate for all the fun and instruction! –Carolann C."
"Kate’s cheese-making classes are so much fun! She keeps it light and shows you step-by-step how to actually make different cheeses yourself. At the end of her mozzarella / ricotta class, we actually got eat warm, fresh burrata that we had made that day! Thanks Kate! –Christine H."
"If you love cheese, you HAVE TO take Kate’s classes! The side benefit we didn’t anticipate was that all our friends are really impressed with the incredible cheese we’re making, thanks to Kate. The classes are so much fun – packed with great information, stories, and key tips that you just can’t get from reading a recipe. I can’t recommend Kate’s classes highly enough. Go sign up. Right NOW! –Denise M."
"Love Kate’s classes! I’ve been to three so far and hope to get more in! The classes are educational, yet fun and relaxing. These classes would make great gifts for someone who loves food or making homemade goodies. I hope to take my husband to fromage Fridays at Mary’s for a fun date night! –June S."
"I first signed up for a Trappist style cheese class having no idea that it was one of the hardest cheeses to make and one of the most difficult classes. That didn’t matter: Kate made it easy enough for me to understand everything throughout the class and the cheeses we tasted at the end were incredible! I enjoyed the class so much that I signed up for several more classes and have been enjoying beginning cheese-making at home. Kate has a natural teaching ability and clearly enjoys spreading her love of this food and the art of making it with others! –Kathleen F."
"I took the Cheesemaking 101 and absolutely loved it! Kate was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. All the material was interesting and informative. I was really excited that when we walked in there was a plate of cheese samples! Anyway, the content was really good for giving you an idea of what’s involved with home cheesemaking and understanding the process of milk becoming cheese. Very fun, I would definitely recommend for those who love to cook, love to learn, or just love cheese! I will most likely be doing more classes in the future. –Nicole W."
"I have taken All of Kate’s classes! And I was inspired by all of them. So inspired that my husband & I have embarked on the journey to start our own cheese company. Kate is a wonderful instructor. her classes are well organized and geared toward all levels of cheese making. I am so happy that Kate chose to teach the art of cheese making! –Suanne M."
"In August, 2015, I attended The Art of Cheese 3 day Bootcamp. Each day was full of hands-on cheese making, demos by Kate and Becca, and field trips to local cheese making and sales venues. The enthusiasm of these presenters transferred immediately to myself and the other students. All of us walked away with the knowledge and confidence to begin making cheese at home. Highly recommend Kate’s classes! –Joe H."
"I took the soft cheeses class and it was spectacular. Kate takes the mystery out of cheese making. I’m looking forward to taking more classes! –Tom P."
"I love classes at The Art of Cheese! Great atmosphere, very organized, and lots of hands-on time. You can leave class with recipes and hand-outs so you know how to repeat the cheeses and where to get all the milk and supplies you need. In addition to the wealth of knowledge Kate and Becca bring to each class, they also make room for fun little surprises so that each class is memorable and unique. I can’t wait to take the rest of Kate’s classes at the brand new facility. –Chloe J."
"My husband and I both have taken all of Kate’s classes and are ready to take more as she adds them. The classes are casual and very fun. Kate’s teaching style is perfect to demystify cheese making and get the information and tools to do it at home. Highly recommended! –Denise M."
"Great classes for beginner and experienced cheese-maker alike. A perfect mix of learning and fun. Kate and Becca are very knowledgeable and super enthusiastic about sharing their wealth of cheese making knowledge. They even have supplies on hand so you can leave fully equipped to create in the convenience of your own kitchen. As an added bonus, there are always a selection of incredible cheeses and cheese-based desserts to taste throughout. I highly recommend The Art of Cheese. –Craig S."
"While on vacation w/my daughter, I happened to stumble upon an ad for the Bronze level cheesemaking class. The class was GREAT – definitely a one of the highlights of our trip! Kate is a wonderful instructor and she taught me so much. I’ve made cheese for a couple years now but am self-taught so having someone “experienced” to explain things was WONDERFUL!!! Wish I could take every single class that Kate offers!!! –Lisa K."
"I have taken almost all of Kate’s classes and have even repeated a few. They are interactive and hands-on with tons of information for the hobbyist or professional. The format makes cheesemaking fun and non-intimidating. Cheesemaking might be as addictive as cheese! –Karen R."
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