Pre-Conference Events

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    Conference attendees may select from a number of different tours and events on Tuesday, July 29, before the Conference gets underway. Attendees may select from these options during the online registration process, or add these options to an existing registration by calling 720-328-2788.

    Tour: 3 GENERATIONS OF WOMEN IN CHEESE

    7:00 AM – 4:15 PM
    $115/person

    Board the tour bus in San Francisco and head to Redwood Hill Farm’s Grade A goat dairy, started in 1968 by the Bice Family. You’ll meet the farm’s award-winning dairy goat herd and see sustainable practices such as the solar electric and hot water systems that power and heat the farm and residences. Then, enjoy a cheese and wine tasting overlooking beautiful vineyards. Next, visit Bleating Heart’s microcreamery on a bucolic 1,000-acre ranch. This is the only dairy in California that milks both cows and sheep. Start with a hayride through majestic pasture while listening to stories about the ranch’s rich dairy past. From there, you’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour of the creamery and aging rooms, and enjoy a true farm-to-fork barbecue lunch showcasing products from the ranch – including pasture-raised beef and lamb, and plenty of cheese. After lunch, travel to Cowgirl Creamery, founded by Peggy Smith and Sue Conley seventeen years ago. Today, they make seven aged and two fresh cheeses in Point Reyes and Petaluma. Visit their cheesemaking facility in historic Petaluma, learn how their delicious cheeses are made, and sample Cowgirl Creamery cheeses before departing for the Sacramento Convention Center.

    Please note: this tour departs from the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco promptly at 7:00 AM and ends at the Sacramento Convention Center at 4:15 PM. It is your responsibility to be on time for this tour with all of your luggage (space for luggage will be provided on the tour bus). ACS recommends booking your travel to allow adequate time for possible flight delays or cancellations. If you are not on-time for any reason, the tour will depart without you, and you are responsible for providing your own transportation to the next tour stop or to Sacramento. If you are running late, please contact your tour leader to arrange a possible meeting point. You are responsible for booking your return travel to San Francisco, if you do not plan to stay in Sacramento after the tour ends. Tour fees are non-refundable.

     

    Tour: THE FARMSTEAD LIFE: SHEEP, COW & GOAT

    7:00 AM – 4:45 PM
    $115/person

    Kick off your tour at the Barinaga Ranch, where you’ll learn about this small and seasonal sheep dairy’s history, and how it fits into the agricultural community in West Marin. Meet some friendly lambs and see hogs raised on whey from the dairy. A discussion of milking and cheesemaking will follow, along with a cheese tasting and an opportunity to buy cheese. Next, you’ll travel to beautiful Tomales Bay, where Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company has 54 years of experience in farming and diversification. Hear about the history of the farm, meet its herd, and learn about sustainable farming – including seeing Point Reyes’ methane digester and milking barn. After the tour, join Lynn Stray, Co-owner, and Kuba Hemmerling, Head Cheese Maker, for a focused cheese tasting with local wine and beer pairings, followed by lunch using seasonal Northern California ingredients. The tour ends with a visit to Toluma Farms, a goat and sheep dairy located in West Marin. David Jablons and Tamara Hicks founded the farm in 2003 and spent four years restoring the land and buildings of a defunct cow dairy. In 2013, Toluma Farms started producing three types of goat cheese, and in 2014, sheep’s milk will be added into the mix. The tour, which begins in San Francisco, will end at the Sacramento Convention Center.

    Please note: this tour departs from the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco promptly at 7:00 AM and ends at the Sacramento Convention Center at 4:45 PM. It is your responsibility to be on time for this tour with all of your luggage (space for luggage will be provided on the tour bus). ACS recommends booking your travel to allow adequate time for possible flight delays or cancellations. If you are not on-time for any reason, the tour will depart without you, and you are responsible for providing your own transportation to the next tour stop or to Sacramento. If you are running late, please contact your tour leader to arrange a possible meeting point. You are responsible for booking your return travel to San Francisco, if you do not plan to stay in Sacramento after the tour ends. Tour fees are non-refundable.

     

    Tour: ALL IN THE FAMILY

    7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    $85/person

    This unique tour consists entirely of family-owned businesses. You’ll depart from Sacramento for Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Co. while enjoying a scenic drive with Hans Kunisch, who will guide you through all of the wonderful agriculture viewed along the way. Upon arrival at Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese Co, you’ll be greeted with a breakfast snack prepared with Fiscalini cheese by a local chef. Then, take a walking tour of the farm, followed by a chance to view cheesemaking. Enjoy cheese tastings before boarding the bus for the next stop: Oakdale Cheese & Specialties. At Oakdale Cheese & Specialties, the tour group will split up and take turns viewing cheesemaking, touring the grounds, and sampling products in the store and tasting room. The next stop is Michael David Winery / Phillips Farm, where you’ll tour the wine making facility and a portion of the farm, and enjoy wine and cheese pairings. Sample fresh-grown tomatoes prior to a delicious sit-down lunch, also featuring wine pairings. The last tour stop is Bellindora Vinegar, where samples and pairings of local vinegars, olive oils, and wine will be offered to tour-goers.

    This tour will start and end at the Sacramento Convention Center.

     

    Tour: DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO WALKING TOUR: CHEESE, CHOCOLATE & COFFEE

    10:00 AM – 2:15 PM
    $35/person

    Enjoy a half-day walking tour in downtown Sacramento, just minutes from the Sacramento Convention Center. See Old Soul Coffee Roasters and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates in action, and then relax with a sit-down lunch including cheese, beer, wine, chocolate, and coffee pairings hosted by The Rind’s owner, Sara Arbabian. This tour is perfect for those wishing to stroll Sacramento’s beautiful downtown, take home ideas for unusual pairings, and gain insight from niche manufacturers who are celebrating the American cheese plate.

    This tour will start and end at the Sacramento Convention Center.

    THE RMI EXPERIENCE

    Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, at the University of California, Davis.

    Looking for the vanguard of food and wine research in California? The Robert Mondavi Institute is the gateway between the UC Davis Agriculture School and a broad international community of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, industry professionals, and technologists engaged in all dimensions of wine- and food science-related activities. Its wine, olive oil, and honey departments are arguably the best in the world. ACS and RMI have come together to present a unique and not-to-be-repeated collection of seminars to our conference attendees.

    The RMI Experience will offer three deep-dive educational seminars to explore the sensory sciences of honey, olive oil and wine. Three 90-minute classes will be held in the RMI Sensory Theatre, led by professors and university research experts in the respective food and wine sciences.  The classes are designed to give a fresh perspective to these three ancient foods. Using sensory analysis and varietal tastings we will understand how the components in each food affect taste, while identifying defects and preferences. The staff and facilities at RMI are usually only available to UC Davis students and a handful of non-students. If you sell wine, olive oil and/or honey, use them to pair with your products, or are asked regularly to recommend cheese pairings, this is a rare opportunity to educate your palate at the university level in the delicious world of cheese-friendly American artisan food!

    Buses will bring attendees from the Sacramento Convention Center to the beautiful UC Davis campus. Sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. Sessions 1 & 2 and the full day (3 sessions) include lunch.

    We encourage members who live in the area to drive directly to the UC Davis campus for the RMI sessions. Directions and parking information will be made available to you.

    Pricing Options:
    1.       Sessions 1&2 with lunch (Honey & Olive Oil) - $125
    2.       Session 3 (Wine) – $60
    3.       Full day (Sessions 1, 2, & 3 with lunch) – $185

    The Sensory Evaluation of Honey

    Presenter: Amina Harris, Director, Honey and Pollination Center

    9:00 AM – 10:30 PM

    As the world has become more interested in the foods we eat, interest in varietal honeys has greatly increased. The scientists at RMI have created the first Honey and Flavor wheel to guide this session.

    Varietal honeys vary according to the floral source the bees visit, the weather, and the location. Some varietals have a specific flavor and color that repeats time and again. However, that flavor and its intensity vary according to the strength of the bloom and how often the bees were able to visit the area. Discover the intricacies of flavor and aroma in this sweet, natural food.

    The Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil

    Presenter: Sue Langstaff, Sensory Scientist and Leader of the UC Davis Olive Oil Sensory Panel

    11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    The Sensory Evaluation of Olive Oil will lead participants through tastings of dozens of olive oils, allowing them to dive into the extraordinary attributes of these luscious oils, including how to assess the quality as well as the defects common to extra virgin olive oil. This class will distill the major learnings from the prestigious 2-day UC Davis Certificate Course.

    The Sensory Evaluation of Wine

    Presenter: Anita Oberholster, PhD. Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology, Department of Viticulture and Enology

    2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

    UC Davis is a world leader in the science and farming of wine grapes. The renowned viticulture and enology department of UC Davis has influenced and trained several generations of winemakers with its curriculum and research on every aspect of winemaking from soil to bottling. This class will explore the science of wine by tasting and analyzing general characteristics and specific components of popular varietals.

    California Cheesemaker Pub Crawl
    Sponsored by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau

    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm (ongoing)
    $10 per person

    To kick off the ACS Conference in Sacramento, join California cheesemakers at ten of downtown Sacramento’s favorite pubs, which will offer libations and great menu items. Twelve California cheesemakers have selected their favorite cheese pairings, and they’ll be waiting to meet you and have some fun! Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Attendees will receive an official t-shirt, passport, and map. Get your Pub Crawl passport stamped or signed by at least six participating cheesemakers, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a 2015 ACS Conference registration!