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Rockin' Raclette Rendezvous - March 21st

$ 60.00
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THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2024 | 6:30 PM

with Laura Cochran and PattyJo Hinkel of Sweet Freedom Cheese

Join Chefs Laura and PJ in the HKS Kitchen as they demonstrate how this delectable cheese is melted, served, and devoured! Guests will learn all about the history and composition of this Swiss cheese and why the Raclette dish has become so beloved. Under the direction of the Sweet Freedom chefs, guests will prepare an accompaniment of fruits, bread, and sausage that will be used for the Raclette entree. Participants will get to enjoy delicious Raclette Canapés as an appetizer upon arrival as well. Recipes will be provided. 

*All class ticket sales are final. No refunds or credit transfers to other classes are available.*


Chef Laura Cochran, Sweet Freedom Head Cheesemonger

Chef Laura grew up in Fayetteville and attended the University of Arkansas, earning a degree in French. After 10 years in collegiate administration, Laura pursued a long-held dream to attend culinary school, during which she began her career in cheese at Sweet Freedom Cheese. Graduating from Brightwater in 2020 with a degree in Food Studies and emphasis in Artisanal Foods, Laura holds certifications as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, WSET Wine & Spirits Level 1, and ServSafe Food Manager and recently became a Certified Cheese Professional from the American Cheese Society. Her favorite part of the culinary world is learning about foods sourced and produced using old-world style techniques, particularly honey cultivation, bread making, and (of course) cheesemaking.

Chef PattyJo Hinkel, Sweet Freedom Director of Culinary Experience

Building on her experiences working in the food industry, Chef PattyJo moved from her home state of Wyoming to Arkansas in the fall of 2017 to attend Brightwater culinary school where she graduated with a triple-threat of degrees in Culinary, Artisanal Foods, and Pastry Arts in 2020. She holds certifications as a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, WSET Wine & Spirits Level 1, ServSafe Food Manager, and Specialty Coffee Association barista. PJ joined the team at Sweet Freedom Cheese in 2019 after completing her culinary internship and is the Director of Culinary Experience, leading the kitchen team in creating gorgeous cheese-focused dishes and show-stopping cheese & charcuterie boards.

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