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One of our favorite local gems, Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, will host a special dinner welcoming International Cheese Educators, Michael Kalish and Vanessa Chang, on Thursday, July 19th.

You won’t want to miss a special evening on July 19th, when Canela Bistro & Wine Bar welcomes International Cheese Educators, Michael Kalish and Vanessa Chang.  You will learn about a dozen Spanish cheeses, all paired with the unique wines of Whole Wine Trade.  Guests will taste the various cheeses in dishes prepared by Canela Owner/Chef Mat Schuster, as well as on their own, and learn more about where they come from and how they are made.

Tickets are $89 per person (not including tax and gratuity), including wine pairings. Further details on the menu and tickets can be purchased here.

Chef and Owner of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, Mat Schuster specializes in traditional Spanish and Spanish-inspired California cuisine. He travels to Spain one to two times per year to stage for continuing education in Michelin Star restaurants such as Echaurren and La Venta Moncalvillo in La Rioja Spain.

Whole Wine’s passion is to bring you exceptional quality and exclusive Spanish wines made with respect for the environment, honor for tradition and love for everybody who makes them. Wines that make you feel healthier and happier.

Vanessa Chang is a food writer, educator, and Certified Cheese Professional (ACS CCP). Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Gourmet, Sunset, among other publications. Her personal philosophy – changing the way we eat. She’s collaborated with Slow Food, Edible Communities, and other organizations to promote and grow artisan and specialty businesses. 

Michael Kalish began his food career in commercial beekeeping in Santa Barbara County and got his first taste of wine and cheese as a cheesemonger and crush assistant in Healdsburg, California. Michael went on to work on a dozen dairy farms across France, Switzerland and Italy. He was the first American to receive formal training in dairy and meat processing in the Piedmont, Italy, at l’istituto lattiero caseario, and has worked for some of Europe’s finest artisan cheese makers and affineurs (professional cheese agers), including Mons, Fromager et Affineur (FR) and Luigi Guffanti (IT). In the USA, Michael managed operations for Artisanal Premium Cheese in NYC and taught affinage and cheesemaking workshops United State and Australia. Along with his twin brother, Charlie, he is a winner of Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race (Series 7) and a Chopped finalist (Episode: Twins for the Win). Today, Michael is an accomplished, international cheese consultant, brand ambassador and TV personality.

Chef Mat Schuster . Image via canelasf.com