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Thu, May 02


Philly Cheese School

Botanical Cheese Tasting Class w/ Alexandra Jones

PCS welcomes Alexandra Jones to take us on a journey into cheeses that use plants to enhance their deliciousness!

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Botanical Cheese Tasting Class w/ Alexandra Jones
Botanical Cheese Tasting Class w/ Alexandra Jones

Time & Location

May 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

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

About the event

Cheese and plants have been closely intertwined since the earliest wheels were made more than 9,000 years ago. The grasses, plants, and seeds consumed by cows, sheep, and goats nourish animals while imparting unique flavor notes in their milk and giving regionally produced cheeses an indelible taste of place. But creative cheesemakers over the centuries have found other ways to marry cheese and various plant parts—stems, leaves, seeds, fruits, roots, and more—to enhance texture, flavor, and appearance. In this class, we’ll taste through several cheeses made with plants as an ingredient or integral aspect of production and learn how plants have influenced cheesemaking (and vice versa) for thousands of years.

Philly cheese author and expert, Alexandra Jones will be in the house to guide us through a deep dive into this delicious world where cheeses and plants mix. She'll offer a tasting of 5 stunning cheeses to help us in our exploration of this unique and fun concept. All levels of cheese expertise - from novice to nerd - are welcome!

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.
  • In order to receive a full refund or reschedule, cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the scheduled event time.
  • 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 are purchasing tickets for a group of 6 or more, please consider booking a private event with us instead.
  • If you wish to purchase a ticket using a gift card please email with the class you want to attend, the number of tickets needed and your gift card code number.


  • General Admission

    This class is for adults 21+.

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