counter culture hosts multi-day educational seminars across the country for professionals in the cheese and specialty food industries.
From science, to culture, to language to marketing to economics—cheese and charcuterie are endlessly complex, but educational opportunities for mongers are frustratingly limited.
Partnering with a diverse roster of makers and industry leaders, we provide an accessible, evolving curriculum that connects attendees directly with experts, tastings, professional resources, community growth and other vital development opportunities.
During two full days, counter culture hosts classes on cheese and charcuterie science, history and pairing, while cheesemakers from around the world present what they do.
If you’re coming to counter culture, get hungry. With up to twelve presenters guiding tastings of cheese and charcuterie —well, that’s a lot of food.
In-between presentations, be sure to save room for what’s on our Tasting Table; all day, it’s completely stocked full of samples and snacks from a range of companies. From nut butters to pickles to crackers and preserves, it’s the place to sniff out new products for your shop, experiment with cheese pairings, or just snack for the sake of it.
Bonus: we also feed you lunch with an educational twist.
COMMUNITY + ALUMNI
Cheese people are the best people. At the very least, counter culture is an opportunity to get all of these people under one roof.
In addition to classroom time, we host happy hours and a separate Mingle with the Maker event after the first day where you can peruse more samples and mingle with our expert group of presenters. Most importantly, you’ll get to know other mongers and cheese professionals from your city and region, forming networks you can build on in the future.
We also keep in touch with you with monthly newsletters and offering access to a growing online resource full of learning materials and additional opportunities.