Portland Cheese Course


In collaboration with expert local cheese makers and mongers,  Sarah Mooney has brought a comprehensive collection of cheese courses to Portland since January 2016. We span in-depth focuses on tastings and pairings from specific regions, styles and artisanal cheese makers to hands on cheese-making classes.

Our cheese courses are small to insure a relaxed intimate pace, allowing you to ask as many questions as you have. By the end of class, we want you to feel confident in your knowledge of cheese making or within a specific region, style or flavor profile so you can easily order your next cheeses with certainty.



In 2011, Sarah Mooney left her job of 13 years in IT to pursue a Masters in Human Ecology and Sustainability in Pollenzo, Italy. From there she spent several months with Giana Ferguson at Gubbeen Creamery in Ireland studying cheese-making and the fascinating effects of the Irish coastal terroir. Before coming on board with Steve Jones, Sarah worked for Black Sheep Creamery making delicious sheep milk cheeses. When she’s not guiding her customers through sensory adventures at Chizu, Sarah teaches cheese-making classes in B.C. and California and is perfecting a local twist on the decadent triple cream at home.


9 comments on “About

  1. Tracy Thomas
    December 8, 2015

    These classes look great, but what time will they be held? I’d love to sign up, but want to be sure it’s a time I can make it.


    • cvjonespdx
      December 8, 2015

      yes! that is pretty important information. Classes will be held 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. unless specifically stated.
      Thanks for the question and we hope to see you there!


      • Tracy Thomas
        December 9, 2015



  2. dswiese
    January 15, 2016

    Is there an email list to keep updated on new classes being announced?


    • Portland Cheese Course
      January 18, 2016

      Not yet, but we are going to post additional classes on our website soon and will make sure to post that update in the Cheese Bar newsletter.
      Thanks for your interest!

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  3. Tim Butterworth
    November 14, 2016

    Will there be any courses offered in 2017? I would like to “buy” a course for my daughter-in-law. Thanks, Tim


    • Portland Cheese Course
      December 3, 2016

      Hi Tim, we will definitely have classes in 2017. I should have the new list of classes up before Christmas.
      Thanks for asking!


  4. Josh Nodurft
    January 18, 2017

    I am interested in cheese classes as well in the near future, should I just keep checking back here to see when classes get posted?


    • Portland Cheese Course
      July 11, 2017

      Hi Josh, We’ve been working to change the website and it’s been inactive for quite awhile. We have 2 classes coming up though, which will be posted soon! One is a collaboration with Ground Breaker Brewery for a GF beer and cheese pairing on July 31st. The second is a burrata, mozzarella and ricotta class happening August 17th at Old Salt Marketplace. Both of these are in Portland. Tickets will be available very soon!
      Thank you for your interest in our cheese classes! Sarah and I hope to see you soon!


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