Top 10 Reasons to go to ACS 2014
Sure, the 2013 ACS conference in Madison, WI is over. But you have whole year to plan for Sacramento! Not convinced that the ACS is the best use of your time or money. We beg to differ. For cheesemongers everywhere: the top 10 reasons to do the ACS—with a few suggestions for getting the most out of it. And if this list fails to convince you, check out the video below (totally worth it, I promise!).
10. 1794 cheeses spanning 104 categories all converged in Madison, Wisconsin…and were all presented at the end for our sampling pleasure. Which means you may want to moderate your preshow intake, and set a pre- and post-ACS exercise schedule you will follow.
9. You will see someone who has had or will have an impact on your career. Which also means, btw, that you may want to take the booze (or other) intake down a notch while still in the airport on the way there.
8. You will attend a party that truly rocks. Like the one we threw with BelGiogioso this year. How’s that cocktail, Lassa?
7. At least one class will teach you something you can start using immediately, one will be mouth-gapingly fascinating (love you, Heather Paxon! You make Cheese Anthropology glamorous and valid!), and one will be so over your head you now have a new learning goal.
6. You can sit in a class and learn about stuff you probably should already know…but never felt entirely comfortable asking your boss/mentor.
5. You will discover cheeses you will carry in your shop and that will become instant hits.
4. You will unabashedly—without familial or friendly censure—eat cheese until every inch of your intestinal track is protesting, while your brain trawls through a list of cheeses not yet sampled, and your eyes recede into squinched piggy redness. I call this cheese S&M.
3. You run the chance of taking and passing the cheesemonger Olympics triathlon, the CCPE.
2. You will stagger through days of crushing exhaustion propelled by the chance that if you go to sleep you might miss seeing that person you’ve admired for so long, or one of those classes in reason 7, or seeing everything there is to see in town (since you’re normally, you know, BEHIND A COUNTER ALL DAY LONG EVERY SINGLE DAY.) Or you might find yourself in a lowdown dive at closing hour that has the best fried macaroni and cheese triangles you’ve ever had the pleasure of stuffing into your gob.
1. As Hans Kunisch of West Coast Toast told Julianna Uruburu of The Pasta Shop at the closing after hours soiree at Madison’s ACS, it’s Cheese Camp! You see friends you don’t see all year…you stay up late and laugh and play…you learn a ton…you’re away from your normal routine…you eat and drink whenever and whatever you want…people win ribbons…
So come to Sacramento for heaven’s sake! It’s Cheese Camp ACS style.