About the Art of Cheese
Meet Kate Johnson
After dabbling with a variety of cheese recipes for several years and taking a few classes here and there, I eventually took an Advanced Cheesemaking Course from Larry and Linda Faillace of the Three Shepherds Farm of Vermont as well as a course from Luella Hill in San Francisco. I have won many blue and champion ribbons for my cheeses at the Boulder County Fair and have taught cheesemaking classes through Colorado State Extension Services, the City of Longmont, Front Range Community College, Boulder Valley Lifelong Learning, Cheese Importers and in many private homes, schools and businesses.
After years of toting cheesemaking supplies and samples up and down the Colorado Front Range to teach, I decided to pursue a brick-and-mortar location for my cheesemaking classes. In October, 2014 The Art of Cheese opened in a shared classroom space within TinkerMill in downtown Longmont. When that location closed, we moved to another shared space within Launch Longmont. In November of 2015 The Art of Cheese moved to a dedicated space in the Cheese Education Center within Haystack Mountain Cheese‘s new creamery. We enjoyed teaching in that space until March of 2019 when they consolidated their two creameries and we lost our classroom. After a brief stint at another co-working community, CoSolve, we decided it was time to take our classes back to where it all began, the farm. We constructed a beautiful classroom right on our dairy goat farm which is now home base to the majority of our classes!
In addition to being an award-winning artisan home-cheesemaker and running the cheesemaking school I also stay involved in the community as an active member of our local 4-H program and serving as the Utility Goat Superintendent for the Boulder County Fair. I am also a featured writer for Countryside Network’s Goat Journal (formerly Dairy Goat Journal) where I publish cheesemaking and goatkeeping articles.
As much as I love cheese and goats, my biggest passion is teaching and sharing what I know with others! Whether through teaching, writing, or speaking, my hope is to share my enthusiasm, knowledge and lessons learned with you.
Check out this nice video that was made about my cheese and goat journey by Good Morning Longmont!
Meet Kelly Liebrock
Instructor/Certified Cheese Professional
Meet Denise Milligan
Business & Website Consultant /Instructor
My interest in Spanish cheeses has led me on some great adventures, visiting cheesemakers in Spain, and learning techniques that are rarely taught in the U.S. I’ve even won a couple of local cheese competitions with my homemade Manchego. I teach the Spanish cheese classes at The Art of Cheese and also teach cooking classes through my own business, Spanish Sunday.
Meet Al Milligan