National Wine & Cheese Day!

National Wine & Cheese Day!
...Is tomorrow, Thursday 7/25 - and you bet we're celebrating. Visit us in the Cheese Shop from 11am to 7pm. We'll be tasting a couple of our fave wine and cheese pairings and all are invited for the complimentary fun. (Of course, you've got to be over 21 to enjoy the wine!) Check out more details on our Facebook event listing here. Want to throw together your own last-minute party? Order a cheese tray online today for pickup tomorrow, and we'll have you covered. And for those who haven't checked out our wine selection, did you know that we carry all organic, biodynamic, and/or natural wines? We're happy to be your "one-stop-shop" for this momentous occasion (hah, known as every day in our world!). Happy National Wine & Cheese Day!

In the Shop
This week in the Cheese Shop, we're excited to feature Austin confectioners Madhu Chocolate! The brainchild of partners Harshit Gupta and Elliott Curelop, these two combine their love of chocolate with inspiration from Harshit's mother, their namesake. Harshit and Elliot do everything from bean to bar and hand-wrap their chocolates in beautiful papers inspired by Indian textiles. The mix of Colombian cocoa beans and diverse Indian spices are an intriguing and delicious combination, and we're happy to carry their Saffron Milk and Spicy Peanut bars! While the chocolate stands alone, we're equally as thrilled to mention that Elliott used to be a cheesemonger with us. Here's to following that #PassionWithPurpose Elliott; congrats!

Madhu's Saffron Milk bar is a 45% cacao delight with a hint of earthiness and warmth from that rare spice. The creaminess of the chocolate and the touch of from the saffron are an ideal match with Midnight Chevre, a tangy, lactic fresh goat's milk cheese coated in charcoal from CKC Farms. The Spicy Peanut Dark bar is a 62% cacao bar made with "Madhu's secret spice mixture" and studded with crunchy and salty roasted peanuts. The heat and nuttiness of this bar are heightened alongside a bite of creamy, beefy and tyrosine-crystal studded 1655 Gruyere

Charitable Cheese Cause - Texas Book Festival
on 7/29 (11am-7pm): Our July #CharitableCheeseCause is coming up this Monday and benefits the Texas Book Festival. They're "inspiring Texans of all ages to love reading." Visit us in the shop or make an online purchase that day and 5% of all sales will go to Texas Book Festival. Details here. (Note: Their actual festival is coming up on October 26 & 27; you can get a sneak peek at the schedule here.)

Cheese Tastings & Classes
TONIGHT! - Perfect Pairings: Cured Meats & Cheeses - 2 Seats Available!
Thu 7/25 (6:30 pm) - Perfect Pairings: Cured Meats & Cheeses - 3 Seats Available!
Tue 8/6 (6:30 pm) - Perfect Pairings: Preserves & Cheese feat. Confituras - Tix here.T
Tue 8/13 (6:30 pm) - Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese - Tix here.
Fri 8/16 (6:30pm) - Date Night: Cheese & Chocolate Fondue Edition - Tix here.
Stay tuned! Next Monday, we'll be unveiling our full August calendar, rolling right into September.
Yep, we know our schedules transition quickly from the chaos of summer to back-to-school/routines of fall. And during that transition, parents often need a break (hah!). So we're giving you
something to look forward to. You can always view all our upcoming public classes here or book your own private tasting.

Other Cheese-y Events
Sat 7/27 (1-4pm) - Annual Quesoff! at The Mohawk Join us for this awesome event pitting queso against queso. From acclaimed chefs to home cooks, everyone is equal.
Who can make the best pot (after pot, after pot) of melted cheese, lovingly known as Queso?! From the standard to the extreme, there's only one way to find out. Start expanding your stomachs for a cause; all proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Details here. We're excited to team up with Con' Olios at their new location and teaching center on Bee Caves for a Taste of Italy collaboration. Seats for this one sold out quickly (before I got to announce - woohoo!), so expect another date to be announced soon. In the meantime, make sure you check out another locally-owned business featuring artisanal foods.

Our Cheese Around Town
Open until 2 am every day, Velouria Bar on South Congress should be on the must-visit list! Located in The Davis SoCo building, Velouria offers coffee by day and cocktails by night, with a cheese board that makes the mouth water. FeaturingDelice de Bourgogne from France, Quadrello di Bufala from Italy, and Ba Ba Blue from Wisconsin along with carefully chosen pairings, the variety of flavors and textures will pair perfectly with whatever you're drinking!

In The News
Appreciations to Stephanie, Rosie, and the Studio 512 team. We had so much fun filming segments this week. A couple of the questions we tackled: What is the ultimate best pairing for cheese? What are those "cheese crystals" anyways? What's the best date idea and what is the best cheese for a (Texas) picnic? If you missed them on the CW Austin and KXAN, you can check 'em out by clicking on the question link. The more you know! ;)

Stay Cheese-y Austin,
Kendall & John
& The Most Amazing, Hardworking, Passionate Team of Good Food Advocates Around...