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Cow, Goat & Sheep’s Milks… but what about di Bufala?

by Matt Hart in Cheese

Caseificio Quattro Portoni (Four Gates) is a dairy farm located in Cologno al Serio (in the province of Bergamo), Italy. They specialize in fifteen different cheeses made from milk of the domesticated Mediterranean Water Buffalo. Buffalo milk is not only higher in fat, protein and minerals than cows’ milk (making it an ideal candidate for cheese), but the buffalo requires far less land to graze upon to produce… read more

An Homage to Mothers

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer

This is the time of year we celebrate our mothers and reflect on the wondrous responsibility and gratification of being a mother. I grew up the youngest of five children with only my mother as a parent so, needless to say, she had her hands full! I attribute many of my character traits to my mother: My passions for friends, food, wine and family (not necessarily in that order); my work ethic, my gratitude and ability to see… read more

Ask Marilyn – “Slow Cooking”

by Marilyn Markel in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn

Have questions about a recipe, cooking techniques, cooking tools or ingredients? Hosting your first dinner party or holiday gathering and need some ideas or tips?
Marilyn, our Cooking School Manager, is here to answer all of your cooking questions. We will protect your anonymity so feel free to ask anything, even the questions you never dared to ask about cooking. From novice to pro, this advice column is for food people,… read more

Austrian Wines

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer

Austrian wine is asserting its prominence in US retail stores this year with the first-ever Austrian Wine Retail Weeks occurring from May 8 – June 9, 2013. The promotion will involve over 100 top retail stores across the country; each store will carry at least six different Austrian wines. During this period, Austrian wine will be featured in tastings, promotions and more in select, top-market stores across the country.… read more

Ask Marilyn – “Favorite Dish of All”

by Marilyn Markel in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Learn

Reader Question:
What is your favorite dish out of all your recipes?- Nola
Marilyn’s Answer:
This is an unusually difficult question for me. I adhere to the seasons so what I cook, for the most part, varies throughout the year. I’m thinking of everything we make here at the school and what I make at home and it’s difficult to pick a favorite. My favorite thing to eat is my Grandmother’s sausage gravy on a biscuit.… read more

Amanda Fisher

Amanda Fisher

Upcoming Classes:
A Tale of Two Scones with Amanda Fisher and Marilyn Markel Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 5:00pm • $40 
The Victorian Kitchen Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 6:00pm • $35
Get to know the Chef
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Magic spatula (AKA skinny scraper), stand mixer, immersion blender, sharp knives, metal sauté pan for stovetop and oven.
What is your favorite culinary destination?
New York.
What… read more

Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses

by Matt Hart in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Learn, Cheese

Capriole Farmstead has been a favorite at the Southern Season cheese counter as of late. If you’ve paid us a visit in the last month, then I’m certain by now you’ve tasted at least one of their award winning Greenville, Indiana goat cheeses (Sofia, O’Banon, Juliana, Fromage A’Trois, Mont St. Francis). Judy Schad, her husband and their then three young children moved onto an abandoned… read more

The Champagne of Champagne Sales

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Learn, Cheese, Wine & Beer

Champagne Sale:From April 20 through June 1, we will offer every one of our Champagnes (and the small print here is that we mean only our authentic ‘Champagne’) at 25% off! This is an incredible opportunity to stock up on gifts for the graduation/wedding season! This discount cannot be combined with any other specials.

We’ve Rearranged: Come into the department and check out our new arrangements, we’ve moved… read more

Ask Marilyn – “Grilling”

by Marilyn Markel in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Learn, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn

Have questions about a recipe, cooking techniques, cooking tools or ingredients? Hosting your first dinner party or holiday gathering and need some ideas or tips?
 Marilyn, our Cooking School Manager, is here to answer all of your cooking questions. We will protect your anonymity so feel free to ask anything, even the questions you never dared to ask about cooking. From novice to pro, this advice column is for food… read more

Upcoming wine and beer events not to miss!

by Elizabeth Cooper in Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer, Learn, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Learn, Wine & Beer

Sunday Beer Garden at Weathervane
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 4:00pm
Join us in celebration of Cackalacky’s 12th anniversary and the return of spring weather on April 7 from 4-7pm at Weathervane’s first ever Sunday Beer Garden! Sponsored by Durham’s Fullsteam Brewery, this rain-or-shine event will be held on our lovely patio and feature live music by Big Fat Gap and the Rickety Crickets.
Tickets are… read more