A main objective of our mission here at the OCC is education. We strive to share the most up-to-date, peer-reviewed, and validated information about cheese. That includes sharing scientific advancements and new published research, engaging with cheese experts and researchers, and developing our own resources.
We inherited this mission from Oldways, the parent organization of the Cheese Coalition. For years, they have been sharing information about the Med Diet, Whole Grains and many other topics on food and nutrition. Take a moment to look at some of their resources.
When it comes to cheese education, we rely on a couple of sources. First and foremost, scholarly research. We rely on our Academic Advisory Committee to alert us of new work. In our Resources pages you will find more information. A second source of knowledge is cheesemakers themselves. We try to engage with as many cheesemakers around the world as we can, and participate in forums where they have a chance to share their experience.
For this reason, we love the Counter Culture workshops organized by Culture Magazine. While these workshops are only available to cheesemongers, much of the information shared in these classes is then transmitted directly to the consumers when they interact with a cheesemonger in a store or deli. They recently had a workshop in Portland, Oregon around Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day and will have the next session on June 11 & 12 in Chicago. If you are a cheesemonger or work in food store you can sign up in their website.
We hope to see you in one of these events, remember to follow us on social media to find out more about educational opportunities for customers around the U.S.
Carlos Yescas - Oldways Cheese Coalition Program Director