6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N Main St, Oregon, WI
We're celebrating Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day by inviting Esther Hill, of Uplands Cheese, to give us the scoop on what makes Uplands Cheese and its Pleasant Ridge Reserve - the most awarded raw milk cheese in the country - so special. Attendees will also taste two additional raw milk cheeses and learn from Esther and Jeanne Carpenter, owner of Firefly Coffeehouse, what makes these cheeses truly extraordinary. All attendees also receive a complimentary hardcover copy of "Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes and the Fight for Real Cheese," by Bronwen & Francis Percival. This award-winning book details how in little more than a century, industrial practices have altered every aspect of the cheesemaking process, from the bodies of the animals that provide the milk to the microbial strains that ferment it. "Reinventing the Wheel" explores what has been lost as raw-milk, single-farm cheeses have given way to the juggernaut of factory production. Ticket price includes choice of wine, beer or espresso drink.