Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference 2015 Schedule

Sonoma Valley Cheese Conference

Tickets on sale online and at the Epicurean Connection.

Sessions/Times below subject to change


Monday, February 23 ~ Cheese Conference Day 1 ~ 9:00 am -5:00 pm

9:00 am
Welcome by Glenda Humiston, USDA

10:00 am- 11:00 am
Is your business model sustainable?
Stephanie Larson Sonoma County UCCE, Beginning Farmer & Rancher Training Program Coordinator
Jennifer Kirkham – cheesemaker
Lauren Bowne – co-owner of Gypy Cheese Co.
Lynn Esposti – Stone Village Farms;  Lynn Esposti & Thor Bodtker

10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cheese Analysis with Dr. Moshe Rosenberg
By Appointment: 30-minute consultations in private room. Contact Sheana Davis for details

Break 10:45-11:00 am

11:00 am -12:00 pm
Session:  Feeding For Cheese & Profit with Jed Asmus, Ewetopia Dairy & Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection

Open Session

Lunch 12:30-1:30

1:30-2:30 pm
Session:  Your Not So-Secret-Weapon: Working with the Media with Sarah Stierch

Break 2:30 pm- 2:45 pm

2:45 pm -3:45 pm
Session:  Local is More than a Zip Code: Opportunities and Challenges with Cheese Terroir
Dr. Moshe Rosenberg, UC Davis


4:00 – 5:00 pm
Beer and Cheese Pairings with Cheese Plus & The Epicurean Connection


TUESDAY February 24 ~ Cheese Conference Day 2 ~ 9:00am – 4:00pm

9:00-10:00 am
Session: “Building a Successful Cheese Plant from the Ground Up” & Briar Rose cheese tasting
Sarah Marcus, Briar Rose Creamery

10:00-11:00 am
Session: Profit Centers for Cheese Retail  Marnie Clark, The Cheese Cave & Jon Fancy Bi Rite Market San Francisco & Emilano Lee, Farmshop, moderated by Christine Hyatt

11:00-11:30 am
California Artisan Cheese Guild, Board Member Jonanthan Bowne & Sonoma County Farm Trails Director Carmen Snyder

Lunch 11:30-12:30 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Session: What You Need to Know about Recalls and Liability, Richard Idell, Esq.

Break 2:00-2:15 pm

2:15- 3:15 pm, Session: Pairing Cheeses and Wine
Tracey Shepos, Chef, Kendall Jackson Winery

3:15-4:00 pm
Closing remarks with Ari Weinzweig, Zingerman’s

Consultations Available During the Conference: 

Private Consultations available with David Mathieu, Clauger US, February 22-23-24, 2015
Please email for an appointment

Clauger : air treatment specialist in the food industry
For more than 40 years Clauger has been designing air conditioning systems for the food industry with a specific knowledge in the cheese industry. In the food industry cheese is the product that’s the most complicated to handle because the purpose is not just to keep it cool but to control its evolution. It’s also a fragile product very sensitive to contamination so cleanliness is another parameter to consider in the design. Well we have it all under control.

Clauger/Acel : thermo-winemaking skids
Making wine is a very energy consuming process as you need to warm-up the grapes for thethe maceration then to them cool down for the fermentation. Clauger in partnership with Acel has developed and patented a system similar to a heat pump but specific to winemaking that reduces a lot the energy consumption.

Mini Photo Sessions with Christine Hyatt available February 22-23-24, 2015
Please email for an appointment.
Sonoma Cheese Photography
Cheese Analysis with Dr. Moshe Rosenberg,
By Appointment: 30-minute consultations in private room on
February 23, 2015, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Please email Moshe Rosenberg




Buy tickets online, or at Epicurean Connection.


Bi Rite Market ~
BN Ranch ~
California Milk Advisory Board ~
Canyon Market ~
Ewetopia ~
California Artisan Cheese Guild –
Cheese Plus –
Clauger US ~ email:
Dairy Connection ~
Delfina Restaurant Group ~
Good Earth Natural Foods ~
Idell Family Vineyards ~
Laura Chenel Cheese Company ~
Oliver’s Markets ~
Rainbow Grocery Coop ~
Ramekins Culinary Center ~
Sonoma Valley Inn ~
Vermont Creamery –
The Epicurean Connection ~
Wisconsin Milk Advisory Board ~