For a truly unique gift experience for the turophile in your circle of family and friends this Christmas, then Paxton & Whitfield may just have the answer.
Choose from the following educational and one of a kind experiences and products: book a place on the Paxton & Whitfield Academy of Cheese Level One course, buy a make-at-home Cheese Making Kit, enjoy the Paxton’s monthly Cheese Society or order a Tasting pack for 8 people.
Paxton & Whitfield Academy of Cheese – Level One Course
Paxton’s Jermyn Street flagship shop runs the Paxton & Whitfield Academy of Cheese (academyofcheese.org) Level One course. This course is aimed at consumers who love their cheese and want to learn more.
It is run as a one-day course by the shop’s experienced team and pre-Christmas dates for the courses for 2019 are 13th September, 9th October and 15th November (Please note: 2020 dates will be confirmed nearer to Christmas). The cost is £195 per person (this cost includes a simple lunch as well as a selection of non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day).
The Level One course introduces cheese lovers to the Academy’s Structured Approach to Tasting Cheese and Make Post Make cheese model. During the day they will taste and learn about the story and history of approximately 10 different cheeses in detail, using the Academy’s specially developed tasting wheels and tasting sheet. In addition to tasting they will be introduced to the history of cheese production; a thorough understanding of how cheese is made; how cheese is matured, it’s affinage and grading; how to present and serve cheese; and how to talk about cheese.
Hero Hirsh, head of retail for Paxton & Whitfield, winner of Cheesemonger of the Year at the World Cheese Awards 2012, and Paxton & Whitfield’s leader for the Academy of Cheese Level One course says:
“This is a great course for people interested in finding out more about cheese, its history, the different varieties of cheese and of course tasting some of our exceptional artisan cheeses from our counter in our flagship shop. The idea for the Academy of Cheese program of courses is similar to the well-established Wine Spirit & Education Trust courses.”
Products to learn about and enjoy cheese at home
Paxton & Whitfield’s Cheese Society
If your family or friends enjoy good cheese and want to find out more about them then this monthly cheese delivery is a must. As a member, they will receive four carefully selected kinds of cheese in peak condition, chosen for the season. The selection is sent by overnight courier leaving on the second Wednesday of each month to arrive on Thursday.
Paxton’s Cheese Making Kit
Given the huge diversity of cheeses available, it is astounding to think that all cheese starts with the same basic ingredients. This kit contains everything that you need to make fresh Mozzarella, Ricotta, Burrata, soft goats’ cheese and Mascarpone in your own home. The kit contains a 0-100oC thermometer, citric acid (30g), cheese salt (30g), a cheesecloth, rennet sachets (x4), a basket mold and a recipe booklet. All you need to add is milk!
Tasting pack for 8 people
A kit containing everything you need to host a fun, informative, and most importantly, delicious cheese tasting evening in your own home. Not only does the kit contain a selection of six tempting cheeses, chosen to provide a varied and educational cheese tasting experience, but it also includes a guide to tasting cheese, an A4 cheese tasting notepad to record your tasting notes and fact sheets with information on the history and production, as well as recommended drinks to accompany each cheese. The cheeses included are
Appleby’s Cheshire (250g)
Selles Sur Cher PDO* (150g)
Brie de Meaux PDO* (250g)
Comte PDO* (250g)
Finest English Stilton PDO* (250g)
Smoked Poacher (250g).
Make this a gift by adding a Large Gift Box (£6.50). All the products are available from Paxton & Whitfield’s four shops in Jermyn Street -Piccadilly, Cale Street – Chelsea Green, Bath and Stratford upon Avon, as well as online at paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk.
* PDO – Protected Designation of Origin, for products that are produced, processed and prepared within a particular geographical area, and with features and characteristics that must be due to that area.