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Philly Cheese School

A History of the World in 5 Cheeses w/ Alexandra Jones

History class just got delicious! PCS welcomes Alexandra Jones to take us on a journey into cheese's role in world history.

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A History of the World in 5 Cheeses w/ Alexandra Jones

Time & Location

Mar 24, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Philly Cheese School, 701 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

About the event

We all love cheese, but where did it come from, and how did it evolve into the ubiquitous food it is today? This class will take us on a whirlwind tour of global cheese history through 9000-plus years and four continents in five iconic cheeses, from the civilization-saving Neolithic adaptation that allowed humans to consume dairy products to the birth of beloved European wheels to cheese’s role in colonization to the current-day American artisan cheese movement. Through it all, you’ll learn the basics of tasting, storing, and selecting cheese and leave with a better understanding of how cheese reflects human history and continues to shape our world.

Philly cheese author and expert, Alexandra Jones will be in the house to guide us through this deep dive into the history of the world through a cheesy lense. She will also guide us through tasting a plate of 5 cheeses, specially selected to enhance our understanding of the story.

After class, participants will have access to the PCS Classroom Gift Shop, stocked with PCS merchandise and a rotating selection of cheese-themed gift items.

More About Alexandra Jones:

Alexandra Jones is a writer, educator, and recovering cheesemonger based in Philadelphia. Her work on food, agriculture, social justice, and sustainability has appeared in outlets like USA Today, Food & Wine, Culture: The word on cheese, Atlas Obscura, Civil Eats, Modern Farmer, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition to teaching virtual and in-person cheese tastings and cheesemaking classes, Alexandra worked as a writer and editor on Cheese State University, a training platform for early and mid-career cheese professionals. She's also the author of Stuff Every Cheese Lover Should Know, a pocket guide to cheese from Quirk Books.

Booking Info:

  • All public classes are BYOB and open only to adults 21+. This class will take place at the PCS Classroom, click here for more info about the space.
  • All guests must be prepared to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entering.
  • This page will only show the amount of tickets which are still available for purchase. For example, if you are only able to buy 1 ticket then that means only one seat remains in class.
  • If you wish to purchase a ticket using a gift card please email julia@phillycheeseschool.com with the class you want to attend, the number of tickets needed and your gift card code number.

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