Seminar: The Mind-Blowing "How?!" of Plant-Based Cheese Innovation

  • Fri, Sep 8, 2023 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
  • The Foundry Hotel

    51 South Market Street
    Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Ticket Price $5.00 This event is now over

What happens when you combine intentional innovation with care for the traditions that have shaped our shared experiences? We create familiarity and enjoy all the opportunities embracing change provides.


In this Talk + Taste Seminar, led by the creator of Darë Vegan Cheese, Gwendolyn Hageman, will delve into how traditional thinking, without limitation, has transformed one of the world’s most beloved foods, cheese. Starting with the tradition of cheesemaking, we'll explore how plant-based mediums differ from animal milk and how their interactions with microbes can recreate the texture, flavor, and application of dairy cheese.


Discover how to inoculate and properly age more advanced plant-based cheeses. Bring your woes and your wins to workshop best home practices. Don’t forget to save room for a snack! Sample various cheeses and appreciate the “how?!” behind our mind-blowing creations.


Pay-What-You-Can Tickets are an offering designed to increase access to the Festival for folks in any financial situation. If you are able to support our work by purchasing a ticket in any amount, we appreciate it. Suggested donation is $25-50.

Date & Time

Fri, Sep 8, 2023 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Venue Details

The Foundry Hotel

51 South Market Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801 The Foundry Hotel
Chow Chow Food + Culture Festival

Chow Chow's mission is to celebrate and enrich the unique foodways of the Southern Appalachian region. Chow Chow Food + Culture Festival is the organization's flagship annual event, held every year on the weekend after Labor Day. In 2023 we will gather September 7-10th to eat, drink, and be merry while we explore the themes of Cultivating, Preserving, Collborating, and Innovating with a robust line-up of presenters. 

As makers, chefs, artists, farmers and business owners, our vision is an equitable and thriving regional food system, where culinary and creative enterprise are central to community identity and resilience. We welcome the collective sum of differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, and talent our makers and guests bring to Chow Chow, and we look forward to celebrating together.

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