Food & Wine


Cheese Making: A European and American Tasting Adventure

Come and experience the taste of European cheeses and their American equivalents. You will learn about the history of cheese, methods of manufacture, and how milk from different mammals and simple changes to the manufacturing steps make the thousands of varieties of cheese we know and love today. Participants will make Gouda cheese in the Cal Poly dairy plant and learn how to be cheesemakers.

Note: Class will be held in the Dairy Innovation Institute, Building 18A. Seats are limited.


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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Cheese Making: A European and American Tasting Adventure David Everett 4/28/18 Saturday
9:00 AM - Noon
$199 Enroll Now
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Sausage Making

Learn how to make your own delicious sausage in Cal Poly’s new J and G Lau Family Meat Processing Center, home to state-of-the-art facilities for product development. In this workshop, participants will work with resident managers to learn the history and art of making sausage from fresh ingredients – some of which are grown right on campus. Participants will learn how to make a variety of sausages, be given tips on how to create their own recipes and will leave the workshop knowing how to safely prepare sausage at home.

Information and Registration
Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Sausage Making Jim Douglass 5/19/18 Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
$175 Enroll Now
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California Wine Appreciation

Learn to be a wine connoisseur. Do you know the difference between a Merlot and a Cabernet? This course provides basic knowledge and experience in taste discrimination of a variety of Central Coast and other California wines. Learn the sensory evaluation of various components in wine as well as the varietal characteristics of wine produced on the Central Coast and in other parts of California.

Information and Registration
Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enrollment Deadline Enroll Online
California Wine Appreciation Michael Botwin 04/18/18 - 05/16/18 Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$230 04/04/18 Enroll Now
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European Wine Appreciation

Learn how geography and climate influence wine from various regions across Europe. We will be focusing on French wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone and Southern France plus Loire, Alsace and Champagne. We will also be covering Italian and Spanish wines. Learn how to read and interpret European wine labels and discover what sets European wines apart from those in California. You should have taken the California Wine Appreciation or another basic wine appreciation course prior to taking this course. Bring three glasses to each class. Minimum age: 21 years old, must bring photo identification to each class session.

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Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
European Wine Appreciation TBA TBA In Session TBA Coming Soon
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Appreciation of Italian Wines

Quality wine is produced in every province of Italy. This course will cover the wines from North to South - from the Alpine vineyards to those of Sicily. Of particular focus will be the wealth of Italian grape varieties. A previous understanding of wine basics such as acidity, tannin and balance would be helpful for participants. California Wine Appreciation is a recommended (but not required) prerequisite.

Information and registration
Course Title Instructor Date(s) Schedule Fee Enroll Online
Appreciation of Italian Wines Michael Botwin 07/11/2018 - 08/08/2018 Wednesdays
7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
$230 Enroll Now
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