Lovers, prepare your boards and shakers!  Most of my events these days combine cheese and cocktails.

Upcoming 2017

This fall, I’m co-hosting a trio of craft cocktail classes as part of my sibling side project, With The Darlingtons. Join my spirits-loving brother and me for hands-on tastings this September, October, and November in Philadelphia. Yes, there will be cheese! (Click here for details.)

Past Events 2017

Sept. 1-4: Philadelphia & Chester County Cheese Journey getaway

Sept. 6: New Cocktail Hour dinner with Chef Ari Miller at COOK, 7 pm (tickets here!)

Sept. 13: Brooklyn Book Festival, cocktail class with André Darlington at WeWork Brooklyn

Sept. 15: Association of Food Journalists conference speaker, 1:30 p.m.

May 7: Book signing 10 am-2 pm at Headhouse Farmers’ Market, Philadelphia

Feb. 21: Movie Night Menus Pop-up Dinner, Martha bar, 6 p.m.

Feb. 25: Philly Bierfest (book signing in Edgar Allen Poe Cheese + PA cider bar)

March 9: Private Cheese 101 event, Spruce Street Commons

March 21: SJU Family Business Legacy Speaker Series



Sept. 6-18: MF joins Cheese Journeys Fromages de France Tour

Sept. 27: MF at Saveur Food Blog Awards


October 2016

Oct. 13: Private event

Oct. 22: Fall Cheese + Cocktail demo, 3-5 p.m., Philadelphia Whole Foods (Callowhill)

Oct. 27: Philly Craft Spirits Week cocktail dinner at High Street on Market (details TBA)

Oct. 30: THE CHEESE BALL (hosted by Madame Fromage)

November 2016

Nov. 5: Cheese Tasting with at Cherry Grove Farm

Nov. 9: Private event with Google!

Nov. 20: Book signing at Headhouse Market, 10 am-1 pm

December 2016

Dec. 10: Cocktails’n Cheese at The Clay Studio, demo+signing, free! 4-6 pm

Dec. 11: Hazon Food Festival, book signing 1-2 p.m. (festival is 10-6:30 pm)



Past Events

May 12, 2016: Madame Fromage and Sue Miller at The Martha (PA)

Book signing and cocktails from the book, served up at my neighborhood bar, The Martha, home to great ferments and local cheese. Local cheesemaker Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills will join me for a special cocktail+cheese pairing (5-7 p.m.)

May 20, 2016: Cocktail Hour Happy Hour at Field Table (WI)

Join André and me in downtown Madison, WI from 4:30-6:30 at Field Table (10 W. Mifflin St.) on the square. We’ll be sampling signature cocktails from The New Cocktail Hour and signing books!

May 21 2016: Market Cocktail Party + Book Signing (WI)

Shop the Dane County Farmers’ Market, then stop for a market inspired cocktail at Field Table (10 W. Mifflin St.), right on the square, 9-noon.

May 26-28, 2016:  Garden to Glass Cocktail Workshop at the Lodge at Woodloch  (NJ)

My brother/co-author, Andre, and I will be the culinary guests at The Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos. Reserve your weekend and join us for a series of events, including a cheese tasting + book signing (5/27), and an afternoon garden-to-glass cocktail workshop (5/28). This is a beautiful place to unwind. Details here.

June 1, 2016: Cocktail Dinner at Russet BYO (PA)

A special evening of cocktails from the new book paired with a 4-course dinner in the private dining room at Russet, one of Philadelphia’s best BYOs. Start with drinks on the back patio, and prepare to enjoy a slow seasonal meal prepared with glorious libations. One seating; book included ($75; reservations: 215-546-1521).

July 22, 2016: Tales of the Cocktail (New Orleans)

Book signing with André Darlington & Tenaya Darlington, 1-2 p.m.

August. 28: Ricotta & Rosé Dinner, Pickled Heron (Philadelphia)  – sold out


April 10, 2016: Cocktail and Cheese Demo at the Curd Convention (PA)

Join me at the Curd Convention — part of the Philly Farm & Food Fest — for a celebration of local cheese. I’m teaming up with Anna Juhl of Cheese Journeys for a “Will Travel for Cheese” tasting and talk at noon (we’ll have a very special local selection, plus some incredible cheeses from afar). From 1-2 p.m., I’ll be signing books. And at 3 p.m., I’ll be in the Libations Lounge for a special cocktail demo paired with local cheeses from Weaver’s Way Co-op (sign up at the Libations Lounge entrance; limit 30 seats). We’ll show you how to make a simple drink for a patio cheese board.

April 23, 2016: Cocktail Hour with Mike Geno & Madame Fromage (PA)

Artist Mike Geno is throwing open the doors of his studio to sell prints at a discount (cheese portraits!) while I sign books. Stop by for happy hour from 4-6 p.m. We’ll have light refreshments. Address: Viking Mill studio building (2nd floor), 2026 E. Hagert St., Phila, PA 19125

May 1, 2016: Cocktails + Cheese Tasting on Headhouse Market  (PA)

Join me at The Twisted Tail from noon-2 p.m. for farm-to-glass cocktails, a special market cheese board, and a signed copy of my new book! I’ll be using seasonal ingredients from Headhouse Farmers’ Market and its vendors, which is just a few steps from The Twisted Tail. Hit the first farmers’ market day of the season, then come in for the tasting. Or, enjoy brunch at The Tail and stay for the workshop. This event includes a special demo and discussion of cheese and spirits. ($45, includes book). Tickets here!

December 5, 2015: Handcrafted Holiday Event at The Clay Studio

Madame Fromage holiday (clay) cheese-board demo and tasting 1-2 p.m. along with various demos by others until 6 p.m. Come support this terrific ceramics shop and studio in Old City, Philadelphia!

March 15, 2015 Grey Lodge Pub Book Signing, 7-9 p.m.

Pop by Grey Lodge Pub in Mayfair, where the bar is committed to serving a weekly cheese from The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese each Sunday. The goal? To eat every cheese in the book!

March 13, 2015 Valley Milkhouse & Madame Fromage with Rowhouse Spirits:

at Greensgrow Farm, 7-9 p.m.  SOLD OUT!

Picture a spring cheese tasting in a candle-lit greenhouse in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. We’ll sample a line of gorgeous French-style cheeses made by Stefanie Angstadt of Valley Milkhouse Creamery  — an extraordinary new, young PA cheesemaker — and pair her dreamy wares with local fruit cider, plus two types of spirits from Philadelphia’s own Rowhouse Spirits. We’ll also have local jams and nibbles. Come meet Stefanie, learn about pairing cheese with spirits, and enjoy a lucious evening. Tickets are $35.

Feb. 7, 2015: PASA Conference Appearances

I’m thrilled to be a presenter at the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture’s “Farming for the Future Conference” at the Penn State Convention Center. Here’s the line-up:

1:30 p.m. Describing Products for Market: How to Write for Readers & Customers

3:10 p.m. Pairing Principles That Will Help Sell Your Cheese (A Tasting)

Register here!


January 12, 2015: Philly Chef Conference

Join me for a conversation with three of Philadelphia’s dairy queens: Aimee Olexy (Talula’s Table, Talula’s Garden, Talula’s Daily), Sande Friedman (Tria), Sue Miller (Birchrun Hills Farm) at 3:15 p.m.

Register here!


Dec. 15, 2014: Max ‘n Madame!

A Master Class with Cheese Expert Max McCalman & Madame Fromage

Famed maître fromager Max McCalman joins Madame Fromage at High Street on Market for a master class on pairing local cheese with wine. McCalman is the authority on pairings and brings knowledge from his many years at Picholine and Artisanal in New York. He is also the author of numerous books, including Mastering Cheese and Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best. 

The master class will begin with a festive reception (5:30-7:30) where you can sample a variety of cheeses, enjoy bubbly, and meet local cheesemakers from Yellow Springs Farm, Cherry Grove, and Birchrun Hills Farm. From  7:30-9, guests will sit down for a master class to taste a series of pairings led by Max McCalman and Madame Fromage. The ticket price ($75) includes both events, a swatch book of Max’s favorite cheese and wine pairings, and cookies. (To attend the reception only: $30.)

Reservations:  215.625.0988


Dec. 16, 2014: Cheese Tasting & Book Signing at Whole Foods of Cherry Hill, NJ

Queen cheesemonger Jenny Harris hosts a weekly BYO cheese tasting in the café — bring a bottle of your choice (beer or wine), and join us for a selection of six special cheeses for this guided tasting. To sign up for one of  two seatings (6 & 6:45), please email or stop by the store’s customer service desk. Free!

Whole Foods of Cherry Hill: 6 pm & 6:45 p.m., 1558 North Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Note: the venue invites you to bring wine glasses in place of their plastic cups.


November 15, 2014, 6 p.m.

A Holiday Cheese Board Tasting & Demo at Occasionette with Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm

Occasionette, Philadelphia


October 24-25, 2014

Cheese Getaway Weekend with Madame Fromage

The Lodge at Woodloch, Poconos/Hawley, PA


April 1, 2014, 9-11 p.m.

Cherry Grove Cheese Dinner

High Street on Market, 308 Market St. (next to Fork)

$25/3-course prix fixe. Reservations, (215) 625-0988


April 25, 2014, 7-9 p.m.

Greensgrow After Hours Cheese Tasting with Cherry Grove Farm

$50/vertical tasting of Cherry Grove cheeses +beer+ accompaniments

This is a candle-lit tasting in the greenhouse for 30 people, one long table!


May 6, 2014, 9-11 p.m.

Valley Shepherd Cheese Dinner

High Street on Market, 308 Market St. (next to Fork)

$25/3-course prix fixe. Reservations, (215) 625-0988


March 4, 2014, 9-11 p.m.

Meadowset Cheese Dinner

High Street on Market, 308 Market St. (next to Fork)

$25/3-course prix fixe. Reservations, (215) 625-0988


March 8, 2014, 5 – 8 p.m.

Cheese Tasting with Birchrun Hills Farm and Madame Fromage

Occasionette, 825 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia


Tuesday, February 4, 9 – 11 p.m

Birchrun Hills Cheese Dinner at High Street on Market

3 courses ($25), limited seating, reservations: 215-625-9425


January 18, 2014 7:30 pm-midnight

Cheese Ball II: A Cave Raising for Birchrun Hills Farm

Ruba Club, Philadelphia


Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, 11 am – 1 pm

Madame Fromage at Di Bruno Bros. in The Franklin


Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 1-3 pm

Madame Fromage at Whole Foods Market, Devon PA


Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Madame Fromage at Di Bruno Bros. in The Franklin


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, noon-1:30 pm

Madame Fromage at the Saint Joseph’s University Bookstore


Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, 6-8 pm

Anthropologie Cheese Party, Rittenhouse Square



Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, 11:30-1:30

Madame Fromage at Di Bruno Bros. in The Franklin


Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 1-3 pm

Madame Fromage at Whole Foods Market, Devon PA


Wednesday, Dee. 18, 2013, 7-9 p.m.

Madame Fromage at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society’s Social Series


Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, 11 am-1 pm

Madame Fromage at Di Bruno Bros. Comcast Market


Saturday, Dec. 21, noon- 2 pm

Madame Fromage at Di Bruno Bros. Rittenhouse




Sunday, November 3

Winter Wine & Cheese Pairing Party with Madame Fromage

4-6 p.m. Hosted by South Philly Food Co-op Organizers

Tickets ($30, or $45 with a copy of my book)


Tuesday, June 4

David Sedaris Cheese Support

University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, 5-6 p.m.

What do you think: Does David Sedaris like stinky Stilton? The Di Bruno team will be there to share samples with the crowd and sign cheese books before Mr. S. slithers up to the mic for his 6 p.m. discussion.


Wednesday, June 5

Cheese, Beer and Books with Janet Fletcher and Tenaya Darlington

Di Bruno Bros. on Chestnut, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets $20

Special guest Janet Fletcher joins us with her new book on beer and cheese for a double-hitter. We’ll talk beer and cheese pairings all evening, with loads of samples – it’s part of Beer Week. Get your tix in advance!


Thursday, June 6

After Hours: Cheese and Beer

Di Bruno Bros. on 9th Street, 7-9 p.m. Tickets $100

Don’t let the price tag scare you – you’ll get two signed books, The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese, plus Janet Fletcher’s new opus, Cheese & Beer. We’ll both be there, along with mongers from Di Bruno Bros., to give you a special pairing experience in the old Italian Market store, my fave haunt.


Friday, June 7

First Friday Coffee (and Cheese) Revival

HyLo Boutiques, 242 N. 3rd Street

Local roasters take on one cheese apiece for a special pairing. Come taste – your mouth will experience revelation! Beer tastings and book signings are part of the mix.


Wednesday, June 12

The Market at Comcast Book Signing and Demo

Di Bruno Bros. – Comcast Market, 11- 2 p.m.

Comcast Center’s Joe Ulrich is my favorite subterranean cheesemonger. We’ll team up to serve samples from the book and sign copies. Swing by for lunch and join us!


Thursday, June 13

Barnes & Noble Book Signing (U-Penn Location)

6 p.m.

We’ll serve samples, talk about the book, and sign copies for the cavalry of cheese lovers who join us.


Friday, June 14

Sickles Market Book Signing & Demo

Sickles Market, Little Silver, NJ 11 am-2 pm

Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros. has a longstanding relationship with this family-run market close to the Jersey Shore in Monmouth County. Come gab with us and grab some grub for the beach. We’ll help you build a cheese hamper.


Saturday, June 15 & 16 (Father’s Day Weekend)

Book Signing – Di Bruno Bros. on Rittenhouse, 11 am-2 pm

Bring in Dad to get his book signed and sample something stinky!


Wednesday, June 19

Judy Wicks Book Signing and Talk

Di Bruno Bros. Chestnut St., 5:30-7 p.m. Tickets $5

Local foods champ Judy Wicks started The White Dog Café, and has become the de facto Alice Waters of Philadelphia. She’ll talk about her new memoir, Good Morning, Beautiful Business, and I’ll be there with the Di Bruno clan to serve up local cheese and beer. We’ll sling a few books, too, if you’re still looking for a signed copy.


Friday, June 21 & 22

Ardmore Farmers’ Market Book Signing & DemoArdmore, PA, 11 am-2 pm both days

Emilio and I will sign books and sample recipes from its pages. Join us for a weekend smash at the Di Bruno Bros. stand in the Ardmore Farmers’ Market.


Saturday, June 22

Cheese 101 Class at COOK

COOK, 252 S. 20th St, Philadelphia, 4 p.m. Tickets $75

I’ve been yearning to teach a class based on our book, and COOK is the perfect intimate setting. A copy of The Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese is included in the ticket price.

Wednesday, June 26

International “Cheesemaking Rockstars” Dinner at Di Bruno Bros.

Have you ever wanted to meet James Montgomery, maker of Montgomery’s Cheddar? Or Giorgio Cravero, who ages some of the best Parm in Italy? This is your chance. They’re rolling through town as part of an international cheesemaker’s tour and stopping at Di Bruno Bros. for a 5-course cheese dinner. Tickets ($100) include the meal, pairings from Brooklyn Brewery, and a signed copy of the new cheese book. This event is not to be missed! Five cheesemakers under one roof? Madame Fromage is counting down the days…

Wednesday, July 10

Book signing and tasting

Di Bruno Bros. Market at Comcast Center, Philadelphia, 11 am-2 pm


Friday, July 12

Cheese and wine demo+book signing

Frank’s Wines, Wilmington, Delaware, 3:30-7:30 p.m.


Thursday, July 18

Cheese & Wine Pairing Round Table

PBJ Women’s Conference, Wanamaker Bldg., Philadelphia 7:15 am-noon


Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21

Vermont Cheesemaker Festival

(Madame Fromage will be on the ground, sniffing and stalking cheesemakers)



Saturday, July 27

Book signing and demo

Williams Sonoma, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia 1-5 pm


Sunday, July 28

Book signing at Cochon 555

Cochon 555 at The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia, 4 p.m.


Thursday, August 1

Osteria Papavero 7-course cheese book dinner

Osteria Papavero, Madison, WI

Seatings at 5:30 & 8:00; $85/person (includes book); reservations (608) 255-8376


Friday, August 2

Wisconsin cheeses + wine +book signing

Square Wine Co., Madison, WI; $15 at door, 6-8 pm


Saturday, August 3

American Cheese Society Conference Book Signing

Monona Terrace Conference Center, Madison, WI 10:15 am


Saturday, August 17

Book Signing at Di Bruno Bros. Italian Market , Philadelphia

9 am-noon


Tuesday, August 20

Cheese and Beer 101 with Madame Fromage

Mission Dolores, Carroll Gardens/Brooklyn, 7 p.m. $25

Five beers, five cheeses — it’s going to be a craft-ferment-palooza! For tickets, please email:


Monday, Sept. 16, 6 p.m.

932 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA  19147
Contact Jeanne Hamman to reserve a spot (free): 215-686-1766

Wednesday, September 25

Williams Sonoma Wine & Cheese Tasting +Book Signing

Glen Mills, PA


Saturday, September 28

Stoudt’s Brewing, 4-5:30 pm ($65)

Phoebe’s Pure Foods presents: Beer + Cheese 101 with Madame Fromage


Monday, September 30

Cheese School at Metropolitan Cafe

Wedges & Beer with Madame Fromage, $35


Monday, October 7   SOLD OUT!

Cheese School at Metropolitan Cafe, Session II

Wedges & Wine with Madame Fromage, $35


Sunday, October 20

Hazon Food Conference at Rodeph Shalom

Kosher cheese pairings with Madame Fromage


Monday, October 21  SOLD OUT!

Cheese School at Metropolitan Cafe, Session III

Local tasting with Sue Miller of Birchrun Hills Farm, $35



Franken-Rinds: Creepy Cheese with Madame Fromage

3rd Ward, $35