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Readings, tastings, and classes

After laying low for awhile, I have a whole bunch of upcoming events. Check ’em out!
(ACS attendees, check out the Milwaukee reading the day after the conference!)

(photo by Myleen Hollero She took that amazing cover photo too!)

Milwaukee, WI — Sunday, Aug 4, Noon — $35 (follow link for tickets)
Reading and tasting at one of Milwaukee’s best spots for food. Book included in price! (Perfect event to help deal with the ACS-conference-is-over letdown.)
Gloriosos Market 1011 E Brady Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sunnyvale, CA — Monday, Aug 12, 7 PM — Free
Reading, signing, and a little cheese tasting at the library. I love libraries!
Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave., Sunnyvale CA 94086

Butte, MN — August 16, 6 PM — Free
Like I said, I love libraries! I will only be at this one via Skype, but skyping is the new in-person. If you are in the area you should attend this and see if you can hear my schnauzer barking in the background. A local store will even be sampling cheese!
Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, 226 W. Broadway, Butte, Montana 59701

Oakland, CA — Benefit for PODER — Aug 18

San Francisco, CA — September 24, 6 PM — “American Cheese Society 2013 Winners: Cheese Judge Tells All”, $69
For 20 years the American Cheese Society has hosted an annual competition to recognize the best in American cheesemaking. Two decades ago the judges tasted and rated 20 cheeses over a weekend, at ACS 2013 that number is expected to climb to over 1,700. The competition is fierce, the cheeses are fantastic, and you’ll not find any coverage of the cheese-off on ESPN nor the Food Channel. Who won? Who lost? Why? Let ACS judge and Rainbow Grocery Cooperative cheese buyer Gordon Edgar regale you with the stories while you taste the fruits of his labors: 2013’s first place winners. You’ll learn how a judge tastes and scores cheese and then try your hand at being the judge yourself.
Cheese School of San Francisco, 2155 Powell St., $69

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Wisconsin Day 4: I love Milwaukee

I love Milwaukee.

I have loved Milwaukee since I went to the ACS conference there. Sheana and I stayed in the Presidential Suite, put on a party, went to the Spy Bar, we saw the pre-scandal John Edwards, I got food poisoning from someone’s bad cheese the night before I had to be on a panel… Good times!

As much as I love Milwaukee, I was worried about my reading there. The only two people who I am good friends with in the whole town (besides the folks putting on the event) couldn’t come so I was resigned to it being Steve and Patty from Larry’s Market and whoever would be trapped in the store when I started reading. I was counting on the Midwestern Nice thing to obligate people to stay and watch me so as not to be rude. After all, Madison was good, but there was only one person there who wasn’t a friend, or friend-of-friend.

Instead, Milwaukee was one of the best book events I’ve done.

Good product placement or editorial comment?
garbage only

Steve and Patty did a great job of promotion and lots of local food writers came out for it. Lucy Saunders, Jeanette Hurt (and her lovely child), Pam Percy and Martin Hintz were there. I got a nice blog post from Thomas Geilfuss. Arthur Ircink from Wisconsin Foodie interviewed me about Wisconsin Cheese and taped my whole reading (Boy I hope those California cheesemakers don’t hear what I said about them!).

US Champion Cheesemaker Katie Hedrich was even spotted in the audience. Someone managed to get a grainy paparazzi-like photo of her and her brother Greg.
Katie and Greg Hedrich @Larry's

But the whole crowd was fun. They asked interesting questions and laughed at all the right places. Since I had pretty much decided this would be my last reading, I just read the funniest parts of the book. I figured they could read the more narcissistic and political bits in the privacy of their own homes.

I can’t think of a better way to end my year of self-promotion.