Cheeses of Spain, a Dinner with Wine Pairings and Special Guests

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Canela Bistro and Wine Bar
06:30 PM
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Join us on this special night where we welcome International Cheese Educators, Michael Kalish and Vanessa Chang for a unique opportunity to learn about a dozen Spanish cheeses paired with the unique wines of Whole Wine Trade.  We will be tasting the cheeses in recipes as well as on their own as we learn about where they come from and how they are made. 
Cheese Line Up
San Simon, Cow’s Milk, Galicia 
Aged Manchego, Sheep’s Milk, La Mancha
Valdeon Blue, Cow/Goat’s Milk, Leon 
Pitu, Cow’s Milk, Asturias
Mahon Cow’s Milk, Menorca
Caprichevre Goat Cheese  Garoxta, Goat’s Milk, Catalonia
Urgelia – Milk, Catalonia
Ibores, Goat’s Milk, Extremadura
Roncal, Raw Sheep’s Milk, Navarra
Torta del Casar, Merino Sheep’s Milk, Extremadura
Majorero, Goat’s Milk, Canary Islands

Menu with Cheeses:
Gazpacho, Tempura Summer Vegetables, Pitu Crumbles
Croqueta de Queso of San Simon with Tuna TarTar
Fried Mahon Cheese, Miel de Cana, Fresh Summer Corn & Tomatoes
Cuajada Custard of Manchego, Piquillo Jam and Summer Pickles
Solomio Beef Medalians with Blue Cheese Béchamel
Spanish Goat Cheese Cheesecake, Stone Fruit Compote
$89 (not including tax and grat), Includes Wine Pairings
Vanessa Chang is food writer, educator, and Certified Cheese Professional (ACS CCP). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Gourmet, Sunset, among other publications. Her personal philosophy - changing the way we eat. She's collaborated with Slow Food, Edible Communities, and other organizations to promote and grow artisan and specialty businesses. When not eating cheese she is researching up on her other obsessions - chocolate, cooking, and foraging.
Michael Kalish began his food career in commercial beekeeping in Santa Barbara County and got his first taste of wine and cheese as a cheesemonger and crush assistant in Healdsburg, California. Michael went on to work on a dozen dairy farms across France, Switzerland and Italy. He was the first American to receive formal training in dairy and meat processing in the Piedmont, Italy, at l'istituto lattiero caseario, and has worked for some of Europe's finest artisan cheese makers and affineurs (professional cheese agers), including Mons, Fromager et Affineur (FR) and Luigi Guffanti (IT). In the USA, Michael managed operations for Artisanal Premium Cheese in NYC and taught affinage and cheesemaking workshops United State and Australia. Along with his twin brother, Charlie, he is a winner of Food Network's Great Food Truck Race (Series 7) and a Chopped finalist (Episode: Twins for the Win). Today, Michael is an accomplished, international cheese consultant, brand ambassador and TV personality.


  1. Canela Bistro and Wine Bar 2272 Market Street, San Francisco, CA