Cheese Tasting at East Islip Middle School

While not quite a field trip to Italy, East Islip Middle School students certainly got a taste of that nation’s dairy products when BelGioioso Cheese sales manager Angela Rossi visited Rena Costello’s home and career skills classroom on May 23.

The curious eighth-graders discovered how cheeses are made and aged, learned the history of the BelGioioso company and sampled a variety of cheeses from parmesan and provolone to asiago and fontina. Many of the students were unfamiliar with any other cheeses besides American cheese and had never tried fresh mozzarella before (BelGioioso’s is the top selling brand in the U.S.). The tastings broadened their culinary horizons, while the recipes Rossi gave them to take home provided ideas for delicious meals.