September Events Announced!
Today - Buy Cheese for a Cause!
You still have time! Any purchase made online today will help benefit Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center as part of our monthly #CharitableCheeseCause initiative to live our #DoGoodEatGood mission. Whether you’re placing an order for tomorrow or purchasing a cheese tray for a future date, that will all go towards our 5% giveback.
The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center uses native plants to restore and create sustainable, beautiful landscapes. They carry out their mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through their gardens, research, education, consulting, and outreach programs. In doing so, they improve water quality, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance human health and happiness. Want to visit? You can! Just make sure to book a reservation online first.
California Cheese Tasting - This Wed!
Part of our pandemic pivot is to take you behind the scenes at many of our favorite makers. You get to see their animals grazing and milking, milk in vats turning to curd, countless wheels aging on boards, and, most importantly, meet the passionate makers behind these products, hear how the pandemic is affecting them, and learn what’s most important to them about their work. Will you join us this Wednesday 9/2 (7-8:15pm) to learn about Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese? Based in California, they’ve spent the past weeks watching nearby fires (the reason why we had to push back from last week’s scheduled tasting). We’re excited to chat with them, taste 6 of their award-winning cheeses, and see what is generally closed to the public. Hey Friends. We’d originally scheduled for today a “Behind the Scenes” Virtual Cheese Tasting with Point Reyes Cheese of California. You can get more details and/or purchase tickets here.
In The Shop
Labor Day is a week from today, so it’s time to stock up on your goodies to make it feel like a “typical” celebratory long weekend. After all, we all need a break - even if it’s from this dang forced break! So our team ordered a special treat. We have a limited amount of Pimento Cheese Spread from Sweet Grass Dairy. (Honestly, I thought the team was going to purchase all before they made it to the case!) This cheese has won a 1st place ribbon at the annual American Cheese Society competition and scored 99 out of 100 points! Get in on the action while you can.
(Virtual) Tasting Classes Coming Up
Our September schedule of classes and virtual tasting events is fully posted! 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.
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.
In The News
Capital One reached out to us in this pandemic to see how they can help us as a small business. And they've been throwing opportunities our way left and right. Thank you Capital One! Check out their newest endeavor #SmallUnites in this USA TODAY article. Spoiler: It kicks off with a quote from us. We are so grateful for this coverage - anything that can help us move more cheese! Check out the #SmallUnites initiative here. Thanks for profiling us, alongside other small businesses hustling to stay relevant.
Events Around Town
It’s the 4th Annual Black Food Week (8/24-9/13), hosted by the Austin Justice Coalition. A special highlight is to go get your grilled cheese on with Emoji’s Grilled Cheese Food Truck. Many years ago, we had the pleasure of judging a blind taste test of dozens of grilled cheese sandwiches, and Emoji's was one of the category winners. I didn't even know owner/founder Hope Green was such an inspirational leader those days. So whether or not you want to support a great business, your cheese-loving self will be thrilled.
How You Can Help Us Stay In Biz
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team