Philly Cheese School opens brick-and-mortar home base in Bella Vista

Julia Birnbaum’s class will teach you everything you need to know about cheese
Julia Birnbaum, owner of the Philly Cheese School, which is now open at Ninth and Bainbridge streets.
Julia Birnbaum, founder of the Philly Cheese School, which is now open at Ninth and Bainbridge streets. Photo credit Hadas Kuznits/KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — “Cheese is magic,” according to fromage enthusiast Julia Birnbaum.

At the start of the pandemic, she decided to share the wealth with others by hosting virtual cheese classes. Now two years later, she’s fulfilling a new dream and opening her own cheese school at Ninth and Bainbridge streets in Bella Vista.

“The Philly Cheese School is a warm and welcoming environment for cheese lovers of all levels,” she said.

Guests are greeted with a variety of cheese selections and other charcuterie board accouterments in her classroom.

“And then, we’re going to talk about it,” she said. “We’re going to taste each cheese one by one as a group. And honestly, it’s going to be a lot of me asking you what you taste.”

In addition to honing one’s palate, Birnbaum teaches people about each cheese that she showcases.

“[I’ll] tell you about the producer, where they came from,” she said. “We’ll talk about the style to position it in the context of the world of cheese. And then, of course, we’ll talk about pairing — here’s how I like to eat these cheeses, here’s what I like to drink with it.”

The Philly Cheese School is also available to rent for parties and events.

“I am always down to talk cheese,” Birnbaum added. “Please slide into my DMs with your cheese questions or your cheese thoughts.”

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