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California Cheese Tasting - We Could Use Your Help
Hey Friends. We’d originally scheduled for today a “Behind the Scenes” Virtual Cheese Tasting with Point Reyes Cheese of California. However, they’re keeping a close eye on a nearby fire. To that end and per their request, we’ve pushed back to next Wednesday on 9/2. Who knows what the future holds; clearly we’re hoping they are safe, sound, and unaffected. Will you help show your love and support by joining us for this tasting? Run by 3 sisters, co-owner Jill Giacomini will be co-hosting with our own John to take you into the pastures with the dairy cows, into the milking parlor and creamery - peering into beautiful vats of curds, and into the aging rooms. They’ll also talk us through a tasting of 6 of their award-winning cheeses, from their Toma to Gouda to their two iconic American blue cheeses. Each cheese will include pairings for fun flavor combinations. You can get more details and/or purchase tickets here.
Drive-In Movie - This Fri 8/28
Want to get out of the house, stay safely socially-distanced, and do some good? Join us this Friday at Community Village First. They converted their weekly movie nights into a drive-in theatre! And playing this Friday is the family-friendly Spies in Disguise animated film. Want to add on a cheese tasting plate to your experience? Order by midnight Wed 8/26. You’ll get a cheese plate delivered to you when you get to the movie. Does it get any better?! And if you’d rather stick with a traditional order of delish candy, you can get that there too. Community Village First is a part of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, providing food and clothing, cultivating community, and promoting dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. Get more details and tickets here.
In The Shop
Calling all Chocolate Lovers! We’ve got exciting news headed your way. To tease you, we’re thrilled to announce the new Omnom Caramel Bar to our offerings. (Honestly, we initially just fell in love with the packaging...good thing we our taste buds were just as happy!) Omnom is an award winning chocolate factory based in Reykjavík, Iceland. All Omnom chocolate is crafted from organic cacao beans and Icelandic milk.
Just what are Marcona Almonds, why are they so delish, and how come I’m ruined on all other nuts forever?! Okay, that may be an overstatement. But truly, many of our colleagues and customers alike have found marcona almonds to be unlike any other. Known as the “Queen of Almonds,” Marconas are grown exclusively in Spain. They are sweet, plump, and flavorful with no bitterness. They have a soft, buttery crunch compared to harder, woody flavors of traditional almonds. The ones we source from a woman-owned company in Spain are prepared in the classic Spanish way: peeled, fried in small batches, drizzled in olive oil, and salted. We dare you to eat just one. Hehe. (This is a fun dare worth taking!)
(Virtual) Tasting Classes Coming Up
Don’t let the kids be the only ones in virtual school. After all, you’re gonna need a release at the end of the day! Join us for one of our Virtual Cheese Tastings. We’ve led almost 7000 Austinites in tastings since mid-March, and ready to double it! All are virtual with curbside pickups of cheese plates (or option for local delivery). Deadline to purchase tickets is midnight the day before an event. Anything in red below is a one-time or special event we don’t do often. See what’s coming up or book tix here.
Thu 8/27 (8pm) - A Cheese & Chocolate Pairing - 7 tix left
Mon 8/31 (6:30pm) - Cheese 101 benefiting Lady Bird Wildflower Center
Wed 9/2 (6pm) - Behind the Scenes with Point Reyes Farm (California)
Wed 9/2 (6:30pm) - Honey & Cheese Pairing
Thu 9/3 (6:30pm) - Cab & Cheese Pairing for International Cabernet Day
Fri 9/4 (8pm) - An Antonelli’s Cheese Date Night
Sat 9/5 (6:30pm) - Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese
Tue 9/8 (6:30pm) - Prosciutto, Salami, and Cheese… Oh My!
Thu 9/10 (6:30pm) - Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
Fri 9/11 (8pm) - Taste of Italy
Sun 9/13 (12pm) - Cheese-y Kids’ Class!
Not listed here? A NEW Vermouth pairing, our Ooey Gooey Cheese Class, a Veggies & Cheese Pairing collab with Farmhouse Delivery, and more. Check out the full schedule here.
Are you hosting any in person events?
Nope, all events are virtual right now.
Does your virtual event come with a physical cheese plate for tasting?
Yes! You pick up your cheese plate via contactless curbside the day of the event (or you may be able to add on delivery for a fee to some addresses). Refrigerate your plate. Then pull it out of the fridge 45min before your event start.
Do you deliver?
While we don’t personally deliver, we do partner with Favor Fleet and DropOff Couriers to some locations. You don’t have to do that work though. Just order as you normally would, and we’ll handle the delivery part.
Can I have a private virtual party or event?
Yes! We’ve teamed up with individuals for special occasions like anniversaries and milestone birthdays, with companies to offer teambuilding appreciation events, and with nonprofits alike to help us all still cope with and celebrate through this pandemic. You need a group of at least 12 for a private party (at $40pp).
Can you ship my cheese plate?
Unfortunately, no. We cut cheese the day of the event. And what makes for good class plates (ie 1 ounce sample portions) does not make for good shipping conditions. However, we do offer a Cheese 101 Class in a Box and an American Cheese Class in a Box that we can ship. And if you want, get a group of 12 purchases together, and we’ll ship to your locations around the United States AND host a live event guided by one of our cheesemongers
Our Cheese Around Town
Nightcap just reopened on August 14. Their website reads “We Made It” - which honestly made me choke up a bit. Dang, it’s tough to be in hospitality these days. And the fact that this pandemic drags on and on doesn’t mean any of us are more used to it….especially when livelihoods are on the line. You can order to-go Tues-Thurs or they’ve got a spacious patio (and socially-distanced dining inside) from Tues-Sat. You’re gonna want in on their new cheese plate action! Featuring favorites Goat Gouda, Challerhocker, and Smokey Blue. Plus, you’ll be supporting a local restaurant that needs your help. Thanks Austin for supporting us all!
How You Can Help Us Stay In Biz
Place an online order or phone order with no contact curbside delivery to your trunk.
Order for delivery through Favor Fleet (rates vary)
Buy Tickets to a Virtual Cheese Tasting Class; pick up the cheese plate curbside
Order a Cheese Tray online
Schedule a Cheesemonger Live virtual appointment to look through our case for curbside pickup
Book a Private Virtual Tasting class. In these isolating times, we're looking for ways to connect and build community.
From Anywhere in the United States:
To ship via UPS, order online and choose from our newly-added cheese/meat/add-on offerings
Know someone that can use a cheese-y pick me up, ship a gift box care package
Purchase a gift card for future use
Join our monthly cheese club
Take our Cheese Tasting in a Box virtual class. (not a live event; prerecorded)
Send our social distancing care kit.
Schedule a virtual cheesemonger appointment to discuss what you might like best and take your order for shipment
We offer FREE SHIPPING in Texas on orders over $75.
Stay Cheese - y!
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.