Christmas at the Beach
After 35 years of Christmas’ in front of roaring fires, long, leisurely lunches in Cotswold pubs, decorating my quintessentially English cottage with holly and ivy and singing carols around a bonfire on the village green I couldn’t quite get into the spirit of Christmas this year. Fortunately hot honey roast ham and mince tarts work in any climate but eating them under a fiery red Pohutakawa tree, in shorts with the rhythm of the waves in the background and sharing pavlova instead of Christmas pudding was just weird!
Thank goodness cheese comes into its own at Christmas whatever the weather as the perfect fast food, an elegant lunch or last minute snack so as always I overindulged in cheese this Christmas!
Pimp your own Cheese Class
Antipodeans it seems have a very different interpretation of a CHEESE TASTING than their European cousins. To Europeans they are like wine tastings or degustations – entertaining, educational, fascinating and something you do regularly. For antipodeans a cheese evening or tasting conjures up images of earnest talks on Healthy Eating or standing round in a school hall eating nasty rubbery cheese on tooth picks drinking unspeakably sweet or acid wine whose only criteria is to be alcoholic.
So to convince New Zealanders my classes are hilarious, illuminating and even life changing I have had to rethink what I do and the result is “Pimp your own cheese tasting”. So wherever you live and whatever your budget you can design your tasting like you would a menu, holiday itinerary or even handbag!
Decide whether you want to know the inside story of cheese, become an expert, learn how to judge it or discover how to cook with it then call or drop me an email using the options below as a guide
CHEESE - New Zealand, British, French, goat, blues, or a mix
DRINKS - Red wine, white wine, both? Or beer, whisky, apple juice?
STYLE - Horizontal, vertical, mixed, comparison or unusual
LOCATION - Come to me in Hawke's Bay or I can come to you
NUMBERS - 8 – 80 or beyond
FORMAT - 2 hours, 4 hours or a Gastronomic weekend?
Team Building, Party, Educational. Entertaining …
PRICE - from $45 – $125 depending on numbers etc
If that’s all too hard then simply choose a CHEESE Masterclass or Tasting from the various options on my website or call me and we can talk it through.
Professor Harbutt on tour
July 10 to August 18 2017
University of Science and Gastronomy [UNISG]
Pollenzo, near Bra, Piedmont – 25 - 29 July
It makes me laugh but also feel like a fraud when the students at UNISG call me Professor Harbutt! But I love it and the international Masters students are so motivated and inspirational. Click here to read more.
Tuscan Cheese Weekend
Castello di Potentino Seggiano, Italy [GR] – 21 – 24 July]
Join me in July for a weekend discovering the local food and drink and the diversity, quality and story behind the greater and lesser known cheeses of Italy. Castello di Potentino is Tuscany at its absolute best – isolated, inspiring, magnificent and welcoming [and in English!!] .
Singapore – Paris – London – Cotswolds – Devon
Early July to end August
I am travelling via Singapore to Europe so if you would like me to host a Cheese Evening, train your staff, help set up a new deli or entertain your clients drop me an email.
Foodie Bucket List
There are a handful of food festivals that should be on your bucket list like the Swiss Vacherin Mont d’Or Festival that celebrates the cows returning from the mountain pastures and the new seasons Vacherin Mont d’Or. I don’t pretend to know about them all but I will feature one or 2 a month as I find out about them. Click here to read more
Are we nearly there?
Last but least … this Newsletter is also to launch my new website and I would REALLY like your feedback. So please “LIKE” my page, send me a tweet, stick me on INSTAGRAM, share me with friends or send me an email. Tell me what you like or don’t like and the first person to book a class gets a free copy of my book!