On Wednesday, July 29, ACS Conference attendees and their guests may choose to attend pre-Conference events highlighting some of the best that New England has to offer. These customized, small-group programs will depart from the Rhode Island Convention Center, with the exception of “Farm to Table In and Around Boston,” which will also pick up tour-goers in Boston, MA.
Space is limited. Registration takes place as part of the Conference registration process. Pricing includes transportation.
- Cheese in the Kitchen: A Johnson & Wales Culinary Experience!
- Farm to Table In and Around Boston
- Exciting Concepts in Connecticut
- Cheese, Wine and a Newport Mansion
- Award Winners in Central Massachusetts
- Providence Cheese Crawl
Farm to Table In and Around Boston
$150 per ticket
2:00 PM – 10:00 PM
This tour includes a special ACS dinner at L’Espalier, Boston’s finest and “cheesiest” restaurant, as well as visits to two cheesemakers in the historic and charming North Shore.
Our first stop is Appleton Farms in seaside Ipswich, MA. America’s oldest continuously operating farm, now under the stewardship of the conservation group The Trustees of Reservations, Appleton Farms features rolling pastures, grazing cattle, innovative sustainable farming, a CSA that involves hundreds of local families, and a nascent cheesemaking operation.
Our second stop is Valley View Farm in neighboring Topsfield, where Liz and Peter Mulholland recently raised $25,010 from 235 backers in a very successful Kickstarter campaign to build a hillside cheese aging cave for their farmstead goats milk cheese.
Then it is on to Boston, for a special Cheese Tuesday at L’Espalier featuring a three-course dinner with matched wines, a sumptuous tasting of Massachusetts cheese, and some off-beat entertainment. Cheese Tuesday, hosted by tour guide Louis Risoli, has been a popular Boston event for over ten years.
Please note: this tour will pick guests up at both the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, and at L’Espalier in Boston. It will end at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. It is your responsibility to be on time for this tour with all of your luggage, if you are coming from Boston (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 Providence. If you are running late, please contact your tour leader to arrange a possible meeting point. You are responsible for booking your return travel, if you do not plan to stay in Providence after the tour ends. Tour fees are non-refundable.
So you know cheese at retail, but how much do you know about cheese in the kitchen? This special program offered to ACS members by Johnson & Wales University will cover the cooking fundamentals, basic knife skills, and several key recipes for using cheese in culinary applications.
Attendees will spend the afternoon at the prestigious Culinary Program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence with associate Chef Instructors. They will also compete in a fun team competition using some of the skills they have learned during this session.