Walker’s Wine and Dine Series

Winter 2020-2021 Menu

Meet the alumnae instructors below!

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Cheese – January 21, 2021
7:00 p.m. ET

What is the difference between cheddar and gouda? Which wine pairs best with goat cheese? Join alumna cheese professional and author Lassa Skinner ’82 as she leads a virtual cheese class, teaching us about the diverse world of cheese with its infinite flavors and textures – and how to make a cheese board that’s Instagram gold!

Chocolate – February 11, 2021
7:00 P.M. ET

White, milk, or dark? What is your favorite? Which one makes for the best truffle? Chocolate seems to make everything better! Why rely on someone else for your Valentine’s Day fix? Join alumna chocolatier Esther Pryor ’85 as she teaches us how to make our own decadent chocolate truffles at home.

Wine – March 18, 2021
7:00 P.M. ET

Open to those 21 and older

Why does a Cabernet from California taste different than one from Oregon? Does an extra-hot year affect the quality of the wine? Join alumna vigneron Jean Moore Edwards ’69 and wine expert Lassa Skinner ’82 as they lead us in a virtual wine class. Find out how climate, soil and geography lead to better growing conditions for different vines, creating the multitude of flavors we love in our wines. Together we’ll sip and savor, learning how to “talk wine” and learning “do’s and don’ts” for pairings.

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Please make sure to RSVP to these events as soon as possible,
so we can send you your shopping list in advance of the class. 

Questions? Contact Director of Events Madeline Cadwell at or +1-860-408-4253.

Meet your Wine and Dine Instructors


Lassa SkinnerFor over 20 years, cheese professional and wine expert (Tha)Lassa Skinner ’82 has spread the love of cheese, managing retail counters, judging in competitions, hosting events, and teaching across the US and overseas. She co-founded general consumer cheese magazine, Culture, and authored several books, including the most recent, Cheese Boards to Share (Ryland, Peters & Small, 2019).


Esther PryorAfter 23 years in the corporate world, Esther made the decision to launch her own boutique chocolate and pastry business. Clients include restaurants, financial institutions, law firms, travel companies, and non-profit organizations. Esther serves on the boards of numerous cultural institutions, is a Regent of the University of Hartford, and a Corporatorof Hartford Healthcare and Renbrook School.


Jean EdwardsIn 1992, Jean and her husband Bob moved to a ranch in Saint Helena, California. Over time, Jean found herself supervising the growing and marketing of the 80 acres of premium grape vineyards on the ranch. Moore Ranch Cabernet grapes are sold to Cakebread Cellars and Treasury Wine Estates, owners of BV, Sterling Vineyards, Provenance and a dozen other wineries.