FREE EVENT - Noon Today
TODAY at Noon - Parm Cracking & Cider Release
Breaking into an entire wheel of Parm is a right of passage for every cheesemonger, and today at noon in the Cheese Shop, come watch Cheesemonger Hayley break into her first wheel! You've seen the skilled pros do it on youtube. Watch all the real labor that goes into it with a first-timer. On top of that, you'll get to taste locally-made Cider Noir of Texas Keeper, a cider that's made of Northern Spy apples double fermented with dark Belgian candy, pecans, and orange peel. The is FREE and open to the public. In time to treat you for lunch and get back to work! So come in, watch the action, taste some cheese from the heart of a fresh-cracked wheel, pair it with cider, and call it a day (or go back to work). Hah! Facebook page info here.
TONIGHT - Annual Cheese & Beer Benefit
Today will mark our 9th annual Beer & Cheese Pairing benefit for Slow Food Austin, a collaboration hosted at (512) Brewing Co. Not generally open to the public, we bring tables in and sit amongst the tanks, drinking copious amounts of beer, pairing them with some of our favorite (very limited) cheeses, and bolstered by an assortment of charcuterie from local maker Casero and warm bread from Abby Jane Y'all. John and I (Kendall) will personally be leading this tasting, so come out and join us for one of our fave events of the year! While this event normally sells out, there are tickets left. So help us live our #DoGoodEatGood mission and sell this puppy out again! Details here.
Cheese of the Month Club
Know a cheese aficionado? Or trying to find a gift for the person who has it all? May we humbly put forth the suggestion of a subscription to our monthly CHEESE CLUB - available in 3, 6, and 12-month increments. Prices online include shipping, but we offer discounts for monthly pickups in the shop. Every month's selection includes 3-5 cheeses and varies styles, milk types, and themes to ensure there's always something to be loved. From Taste of Place to One-of-a-Kind, to Meet the Maker, we feature cheeses from across the US, as well as favorite imports. Often, we bring in cheeses especially from hard-to-get folks that aren't regularly offered in this region, nor in our shop. Some selections include a jam or preserves pairing. And to top it off, we made some fun improvement
Get your order in now for your recipient to start receiving in January! Thanks to all for keeping our Cheese Club going. The biggest compliment is those of you who have renewed your memberships going on 9 years now. Thank you! That's the best testimonial we can give. (And remember, you can always TREAT YOURSELF and join our club!) Details here
Gift Baskets & FREE Shipping Offer
Have you checked out our selection of gift baskets? You can preorder online and we'll (1) have it ready for pickup in the shop, (2) have it delivered locally, (3) or ship it nationwide. Note that this is the first year we're offering FREE SHIPPING IN TEXAS on baskets valued $75 or more. (If you like a cheaper one, you can add goodies into it to reach the $75 value to get the free shipping.) Otherwise, shipping is $20 in Texas and usually $40 out of state
Perfect Happy Hour ($70)
Taste of Texas ($85)
The VIP ($110)
Ultimate Cheese Pairing Experience ($125)
Don't see what you're looking for? Come into the shop and we can create a gift basket on the fly in any price range and meet your needs. (Here's a pic of John and me after an exhausting day packing boxes; THANKS for making us this tired. We love it!)
****NOTE: NEXT WED 12/18 IS OUR LAST SHIPPING DAY!****
In The Shop
Hours: Open DAILY from 11 am to 7 pm - Including Sundays!
Fun fact about you!: My Skee-Ball team won Best Rookie Team this past Skee-son!
Holiday Cheese Choice: Alpha Tolman from Jasper Hill
Describe the cheese: Alpha Tolman is a buttery alpine-style cheese from award-winning cheese maker Jasper Hill in Greensboro, Vermont. This cheese is washed with an herb brine and white wine in the style of an Appenzeller. When young, it's bright, fruity and nutty, and develops deep meaty and caramelized flavors as it matures.
Why did you choose it?
Alpine styles like Alpha Tolman, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, and L'Etivaz Alpage are some of my favorite cheeses because of their flexibility (pun totally intended). Alpha Tolman is great on sandwiches, in fondue, or with my favorite pairing, Rye on the rocks.
What does that cheese pair with? For a savory pairing, I love Alpha Tolman with Speck Americano from La Quercia, Applewood-smoked prosciutto. For those with a sweet tooth, the beefy, savory notes of Alpha Tolman are perfectly contrasted by a summary spoonful of Inna's Blenheim Apricot Jam.
Favorite thing about being a Cheesemonger: Our customers! It's so rewarding to be able to find just what y'all need and to be able to share my passion and interest while improving every day.
Our Cheese Around Town Sat, Dec 14 - Bagel Collaboration! Yes! In honor of Charlie's Birthday Party (yes, the dog behind famed bagel shop Nervous Charlie's), we've teamed up with the bagel pros to bring you a special offering. We're topping a sesame and poppy bagel with Menage cheese (a blend of cow, goat, and sheep milk) and topping it with Cajeta, a goat milk caramel made locally by Blue Heron Farm. They've got a ton of fun party details, so check it all out here.
Gift a Cheese Class Experience Whether purchasing for yourself or as a gift this holiday season, you've got a couple of options. You can purchase tickets directly to a specific event to make sure you reserve your seat (fully refundable up to a week in advance) or you can buy a gift card to a future class.
Sun 12/29 - Prosciutto, Salami, and Cheese...Oh My! - 6 seats left
Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese
Prosciutto, Salami, and Cheese...Oh My!
Antonelli's Cheese Date Night
Cheese & Chocolate Fondue Night
Brunch, Bubbles, and (Baby) Goats at Bee Tree Farm
Cheese-y Bus Tour to Pure Luck Farm & Treaty Oaks Distilling
Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
Cheese & Honey Pairing
Soft Cheeses: Rich, Gooey, Delicious
Cheese-y Bus Tour to Pure Luck Farm & Desert Sotol
...and so many more. (Hint: We've already listed many of our events for our 10th anniversary week in February!) Check out our full events schedule here. And remember, you can always view all our upcoming public classes or book your own private tasting.
HOLIDAY TOOL KIT
Stay Cheese-y Austin,
Kendall & John
& The Most Amazing, Hardworking, Passionate Team of Good Food Advocates Around...