Last Chance - Seasonal Cheeses

Last Chance to Celebrate Seasonal Cheeses
Be still my heart. We have a couple of wheels left of newly-crowned World Champion cheese Rogue River Blue. How did the season already come and go? We're down to a handful of wheels left of Black Betty - which I fully anticipate to be out before the holidays are over. And there's Glarner Alpkase and Rush Creek Reserve. And once we're out, we won't see these cheeses again until - gasp - next late fall/winter. Oh, the beauty, deliciousness, and heartbreak of seasonal cheeses. Come taste what the fuss is all about!

Getting Better with Age...
Age. Aging. It's on my mind, as I celebrate my birthday tomorrow. (Shout out to all the holiday season babies out there!) It's also top of mind as we end another decade and begin planning for our annual anniversary festivities to be celebrated in February. We'll be 10 years old as a business. And while we have much to learn, we are certainly much wiser than we were when we started. I looked at this week's email for last year, and it announced the final days of our failed downtown kitchen concept. I sit here this morning, so grateful. Humbled. Appreciative. You see, not only did we rebound, we rallied this year. And that's in large part thanks to you. For the first time in a while, we were able to hand out cash bonuses yesterday to our whole team. I can't begin to explain the juxtaposition of this time last year versus today. Here's to every person who sat in traffic a few minutes longer or altered their commute to come to see us; it mattered. It matters. And for those of you still needing to round out any holiday meal prep or gift shopping, know that you'll be greeted with smiles when you visit us. Because for us, it's not just a job. It's our joy to serve you. Thanks for the opportunity.

Holiday Hours

Unless otherwise noted below, we are open daily 11 am to 7 pm
Fri 12/20
Sat 12/21
Sun 12/22
Mon 12/23
Tue 12/24: Open early at 10 am, Close early at 5 pm
Wed 12/25: Closed
Thu 12/26: Closed

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 improvements:
  • We're going back to CUT-TO-ORDER for all cheese club subscriptions. Recipients are getting the freshest there is to offer!
  • We have a downloadable gift card so your recipient has something to receive until the first cheese order is ready
  • We can delay notification until you're ready for us to officially welcome the recipient
  • We'll include a custom greeting with your order
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 and Party Trays
Have you checked out our selection of gift baskets? You can preorder online and we'll have it ready for pickup in the shop
  • 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
Our team is still busy building cheese and cured meat platters every day. For those who don't eat or specifically pork, we do offer Vegetarian Cheese Trays (with selections made from all vegetarian rennet as well.) We only need a day's notice to get it done, so feel free to push us to the max and keep those orders coming! We love being a part of your holiday parties and celebrations. And don't forget to get a jump ahead for New Year's Eve! Online ordering details here.

Gift a Cheese Class Experience
We all know the trend is to gift experiences. After all, you can't beat a good time with good people (over good food!). 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.

Upcoming Events with available tix:
1/7 or 1/14 - Prosciutto, Salami, and Cheese...Oh My!
1/16 - Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese

1/21 or 1/28 - Cheese & Honey Pairing featuring local beekeeper Tara Chapman
1/23 or 1/30 - Cookies & Cheese Pairing benefiting Girl Scouts of Central Texas

Featured Spring Farm Tours:
2/29 - Cheese-y Bus Tour to Pure Luck Farm & Treaty Oaks Distilling
3/21 - Brunch, Bubbles, and (Baby) Goats at Bee Tree Farm
3/28 - 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.

In The News
Appreciations to longtime Fox Austin anchor Tania Ortega for inviting us on to the news last weekend, to celebrate her final days at Fox. Check out the video to see one of John's all-time favorite cheeses we gifted Tania (also a seasonal delight only available right now!).
Have a cheese drawer of death? (ie those cheeses you purchased and forgot about? or those little odds and ends?) Find out what to do with them from Tanji Patton here on We Are Austin with Trevor and Taylor!

Classes I Trays I Events I Gifts I Cheese Club I Teambuilding I Shop Hours & Location

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