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Cheese 101

Discover the fascinating world of cheese through a guided tasting of exceptional cheeses representing six cheese families. Uncover the secrets of cheese-making and learn what makes each variety unique in this immersive experience. Expand your cheese knowledge and indulge in delicious flavors at Cheese 101.

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  • 16 and older
  • $81.80/person
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  • 254 Bleecker St, New York, NY
  • 90 minutes

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What you'll learn in this cheese tasting class:

It’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cheese in one delicious guided tasting through six cheese families.

Slice into knowledge at Cheese 101, an introductory journey into the world of cheese. A Murray’s expert will guide you through a tasting of exceptional cheeses representing six cheese families, delving into everything from rind development to milk type. Expect a lively discussion of flavor and texture between sips of house wine. You’ll leave with a newfound understanding of cheese—how it’s made, what creates each unique variety, and why your favorites taste so good.

  • Format: guided tasting with a Murray’s expert in our classroom
  • Includes: 6 cheeses, signature accompaniments
  • Beverages: red and white wine

Additional Information

In-person classes take place in the classrooms located at our Bleecker Street store. Our classrooms are located upstairs and downstairs at our venue and are therefore not wheelchair accessible.

During some of our classes, our content team and/or partners may be filming for social media purposes.

Refund Policy

  • Refunds less a 5% nonrefundable processing fee up to 2 business days before the event.
  • If you wish to transfer these tickets to an alternate party, please send us written communication to [email protected] 2 business days prior to the class.
  • Tickets cannot be transferred to an alternate class date.
  • In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

Reviews of Classes at Murray's Cheese (701)

(4.6-star rating across 701 reviews)
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Laura C. on 1/1/2020
    Relaxed, informal atmosphere with friendly staff that feels like a class / cocktail party without the mingling. A little difficult to hear from the back section of the room a mic would solve for this. Wish we learned more of a method to identify cheese attributes like crystallization than the cheeses themselves.
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Erin B. on 11/28/2019
    Great date night activity. The instructor was very knowledgeable and it made for a wonderful experience.
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Christian C. on 7/14/2019
    Instructor was great and informational, learned a lot about different cheeses and learned a lot about cheeses I liked/don’t like. Great experience, even went downstairs afterward and took a couple of the cheeses we tried home. Drinks and snacks were great as well. Keep up the good work!
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Susan M. on 6/30/2019
    The teacher of the class, Chiara, was friendly and very informative. She encouraged us to ask questions and didnt cut her answers short. Also, there was unlimited white and red wine to go with the seven delicious cheese samples and great snacks too! I highly recommend this class and plan to attend the other classes they offer! A very enjoyable experience!
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Ana G. on 5/8/2019
    Great atmosphere delicious cheese and very informative. Super fun
  • Cheese 101

    Anonymous review on 4/20/2019
    Lots of noisy people!! Terrific instructor , good selection of cheese and nice wine
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Jennifer M. on 4/10/2019
    Incredibly knowledgeable teacher but also many came just to taste and sip yummy things.
  • Cheese 101

    Anonymous review on 1/14/2019
    We really enjoyed this class!! The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and approachable. I would love to do another class at Murray’s.
  • Cheese 101

    Anonymous review on 12/4/2018
    Not as educational as I thought it would be
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Arthur L. on 6/27/2018
    Wonderful experience
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Jenna R. on 6/24/2018
    Great instructor, very knowledgeable, answered all our annoying questions :) liked that the wine kept flowing also
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Dana D. on 6/6/2018
    Very informal and fun! Found a few cheeses I liked.
  • Cheese 101

    Anonymous review on 5/2/2018
    The class was super informative. I just wish we could have eaten the cheese sooner!
  • Cheese 101

    Anonymous review on 3/27/2018
    The instructor was incredibly knowledgeable, and it was a great environment! Love coming to these classes - would definitely recommend!
  • Cheese 101

    Reviewed by Josefine H. on 2/13/2018
    Super knowledge teacher and overall a really great and interesting introduction to cheese. Definitely made me come back for more!
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students who attended the Cheese 101 classes at Murray's Cheese had a positive overall experience. They found the instructors to be friendly, knowledgeable, and approachable. Students learned a lot about different types of cheese, including how to identify cheese attributes and enjoy them with other foods. They were able to taste a variety of delicious cheeses and had the opportunity to ask questions and engage with the instructor. Some students mentioned that they enjoyed the relaxed and fun atmosphere of the class. Quotes: 1. "The instructor was extremely knowledgeable and approachable. I would love to do another class at Murray’s." 2. "The class offered a tasting of 6 varieties, which paired very well with the prosecco and wine. The instructor was very knowledgeable of the production and history of each cheese and offered great suggestions on how to enjoy the cheeses with other foods." 3. "The teacher and service was great and the presentation was awesome."

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Question from Svetlana T.
Is the class safe for those pregnant?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Svetlana! It is not unsafe for pregnant women but they would need to let Murray's Cheese know ahead of time. If someone pregnant signs up, you can send us an email before the class date so that Murray's Cheese can set their seat accordingly. This would mean they would leave your seat alcohol free, and also make sure that all of the cheese on your plate are pasteurized. Hope this helps!
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Question from Blanca
Hello, do you have the option of a guide in Spanish?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Blanca! I'm sorry, the school doesn't have option for Spanish.
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