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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 43 N Puzzles, page 44 Home Front on lin e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m Veronica Weber THE BULB HUNTER ... Chris Wiesinger, author of “Heirloom Bulbs for Today,” will speak to The Garden Club of Los Altos on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 1:30 p.m. Wiesinger will discuss his rescue of rare heirloom bulbs acclimatized for warm climates, as well as do a book signing. The group meets at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos. Guest fee is $10. Information: 650-964-7614 so Jaimie Casey, left, gets up close to a LaMancha goat in its pen at Hidden Villa. Casey lauds goat cheese, which she says is healthier than cow’s cheese; she hopes to set up goat cheese-making at Hidden Villa soon. NATIVE PLANT GARDENING ... A symposium on “California Gardens: Beauty & Sustainability With Native Plants” will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Foothill College Smithwick Theater, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. The symposium includes talks by horticulturists and designers, as well as a plant and book sale. It is organized by the California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, hosted by the Foothill College Environmental Horticulture Department, and sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Water District and Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency. Tickets range from $50 to $110. Information: http:// or 650260-3450 FRUIT TREE PRUNING ... Certified Arborist Kevin Raftery will teach a class on “Fruit Tree Pruning” on Saturday, Feb. 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The class, which will cover tree health, fruit production, dead-wood identification and espalier care, meets at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto, then moves on to a local orchard. Students should bring pruning shears, a notebook and a bag lunch. Cost is $42. Information: 650-493-6072, www. or http://prunefruittrees.eventbrite. com/ Al E M 40 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY SAY ‘CHEESE’ Expert spreads the word on her favorite food by Carol Blitzer “Cheese — milk’s leap toward immortality.” — Clifton Fadiman, author, editor and radio host J (continued on page 36) (continued on page 35) Veronica Weber OLIVE OIL ... Carol Firenze, author of “The Passionate Olive — 101 Things to Do With Olive Oil,” will offer “The Ultimate Olive Oil Experience” on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Firenze will review olive oil’s impact on commerce, health and the culinary world and will offer tastings of three kinds of olive oil, as well as advice on pairings with dishes. Cost is $40 for nonmembers, $30 for members. Information: 650-329-1356, www. aimie Casey has nothing but positive things to say about cheese, from its healthful qualities to its yummy taste. So it makes perfect sense that the trained chef and caterer founded the Palo Alto Cheese School last fall, offering monthly events at Hidden Villa that are more “club” than class. Her next event is a pairing of cheese and micro-brews. Casey calls herself a “cheesemonger” — somewhat like a fishmonger, only for cheese. After training at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Casey went to work at a variety of restaurants. She quickly found the crazy hours and working on holidays not conducive to having a life. So she took a job at a tea shop/food retailer called Leonard’s 2001 in San Francisco. There she was exposed to cheese in a big way: Picture six doors fronting refrigerated storage compartments, each holding 50 different cheeses. Her job was to get to know each cheese, so she could explain their complexities to customers. Her first taste was of Vella Dry Jack — she now has a cat named after the cheese — “and I realized there was more to cheese than being powdered white or orange, and more to life than Velveeta,” she said. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊiLÀÕ>ÀÞÊ£n]ÊÓ䣣ÊU Page 33

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