Kirstin Jackson

Author of It’s Not You, it’s Brie: Unwrapping America’s Unique Culture of Cheese, Kirstin Jackson is a cheese and wine writer, consultant, and teacher. She loves teaching people how to stretch mozzarella curds in cheese making classes as much as she adores sharing her favorite French Alpine cheese in pairing classes! She blames her parents, who took her on trips to the California dairy country at a very young age for feeding her obsession. From visiting Comté caves to wandering through Loire Chenin Blanc vineyards in France, Kirstin travels extensively. After spending two months flipping cheddar slabs in England and washing funky cheese rinds in Ireland, Kirstin fell so in love with the curd that she started to teach cheese making classes upon her California return. She visits domestic cheesemakers any chance she gets, and reports back on her adventures on her blog. Kirstin went to the California Culinary Academy and studied Cultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

  • Beginning Italian Cheesemaking
    San Mateo
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6:30 PM
    handson
    $80.00


    Creamy Mascarpone
    Ricotta
    Herbed Goat Cheese
    Enjoy the Cheeses in Some Easy Appetizers
  • Summertime Cheesemaking with Flowers & Herbs
    Blackhawk
    Saturday, June 1, 2019, 11 AM
    handson
    $90.00


    Learn to make fresh cheeses and butter, embellished and infused with herbs and flowers. Enjoy the creations with easy appetizers and simple summertime wine pairings.
    Fromage Blanc
    Fresh Ricotta
    Cultured Butter

  • Summertime Cheesemaking with Flowers & Herbs
    Menlo Park
    Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:30 PM
    handson
    $90.00


    Learn to make fresh cheeses and butter, embellished and infused with herbs and flowers. Enjoy the creations with easy appetizers and simple summertime wine pairings.
    Fromage Blanc
    Fresh Ricotta
    Cultured Butter
  • Cheese & Rosé Pairing 101
    San Mateo
    Friday, June 28, 2019, 6:30 PM
    demo
    $90.00


    It’s rosé season! The best rosés from Europe have all been released and California is flush with blush. In this class we’ll taste through the season’s best with the summery fresh and aged cheeses that love them.
    Enjoy 4 wines and 8 cheeses, guided by an expert cheese and wine instructor.
    With tips and tricks, finding harmonious cheese and wine combinations is a snap.
    A light snack will be provided.

  • Mozzarella & Burrata by Hand
    Menlo Park
    Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 6:30 PM
    handson
    $125.00


    Fresh Handmade Mozzarella
    Fresh Handmade Burrata (mozzarella’s cream-filled cousin!)
    Comparative Tasting of Commercial Cow and Buffalo Milk Mozzarellas and Burrata
    Seasonal Salad—with the cheese we just made
    Learn about cultures, enzymes, shelf life, what milk to buy, serving possibilities and more.
    After nibbling on our creations in class, all participants take home samples of their cheese
  • Mozzarella & Burrata by Hand
    Blackhawk
    Saturday, August 31, 2019, 11 AM
    handson
    $125.00


    Fresh Handmade Mozzarella
    Fresh Handmade Burrata (mozzarella’s cream-filled cousin!)
    Comparative Tasting of Commercial Cow and Buffalo Milk Mozzarellas and Burrata
    Seasonal Salad—with the cheese we just made
    Learn about cultures, enzymes, shelf life, what milk to buy, serving possibilities and more.
    After nibbling on our creations in class, all participants take home samples of their cheese