World's Best Cheese...
Halloween Candy & Cheese Pairing
Only 11 tickets left! This Wednesday, all the selections and pairings were picked by yours truly (Kendall) to see how they compared to John’s picks last week. Whether or not you joined us last week, we hope you’ll grab your ticket for this Facebook Live with The Antonellis virtual tasting of 7 cheeses with 7 halloween candies. If you can’t join us live at 6pm, watch anytime later in the evening once Facebook has loaded the video. Trick or Treat!
Sat 10/31 (6:30pm) - Once Upon a Spooky Cheese Night… For the first time ever, our talented team of cheesemongers is leading a cheese tasting through a Halloween story. With names like Diablito, The Reaper, Midnight Moon, and Challerhocker (“cellar dweller”), expect some fun-named cheeses and pairings to make an appearance. Costumes encouraged (for a chance at a prize!) but not required. This is a live event offered through Zoom and not available for viewing later. Tickets here.
THE WORLD’S BEST CHEESE...
...is in our case! The 2020 vintage of Rogue River Blue is highly limited. While this seasonal cheese is always in high demand, it’s even more so the case this year - after international cheese experts ruled it the “Best Cheese in the World” at the 2019/2020 World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Italy. From Rogue Creamery: “As fall comes to the Rogue Valley, cooler temperatures and wet weather bring renewed growth to the pastures. This is when our cows’ milk is at its best – and it’s only during these months that we make our limited edition, seasonal Rogue River Blue. After 9 to 11 months of careful tending in our aging caves, our team hand-wraps each wheel in organic, biodynamic Syrah grape leaves that have soaked in pear spirits. Each September on the Autumnal Equinox, the vats again begin to fill with milk that will one day become this distinctive cheese.” The texture is fudgy and rich, with calcium lactate crystals that develop with age. Expect flavor notes of pear brandy, vanilla, toffee, truffle, and fig. Photo by @formaje via @roguecreamery
In Your Words: Testimonials
Raclette Night at Home “We had so much fun (and ate so much cheese) hosting our Antonelli’s Raclette Dinner Party last night. They make it crazy-easy with everything in the kit and instructional videos to help host the perfect night. It was awesome and everyone had such a great time. I can’t think of a thing I’d change. I learned a lot about how to host these smaller, intimate gatherings and get people to the table, and the video links included helped so much. I also have leftover cheese for all the things this week. :)” - Natanya A. via Instagram
Antonelli's Date Night (Virtual Tastings)
“If you want non grocery store cheese or meat, Antonelli's is THE place to hit up… If there were two words to describe them it would probably be humility and quality. I purchased a Raclette class preCOVID and when it was cancelled we received credit for virtual classes. I pinged them asking if I could just transfer the credit to use for retail and they did it without batting an eye. I've since ordered a date night spread to enjoy...by myself. And I'd def go on another date with me! Antonelli's made me look like I made such an effort when all I really did was click "date night" button and my scheduled delivery date! The selection of cheeses and meats and accoutrements, plus bubbly, was superb. I also recently used the credit to purchase some cheese/meat trays for a get together and they were impressive in presentation and scrumptiousness. Step up your cheese game and order from Antonelli's!” - Katie B. via Yelp
Our Cheese Around Town
Few things bring us more joy than seeing our restaurant friends reopening and/or continuing to find ways to safely operate. From Drink.Well Austin owner Jessica Sanders: “The Antonelli’s Cheese & Charcuterie plate has returned to the menu. The universe is beginning to heal.” Hah! Thanks Jessica! We know we all have a long way to go to “heal,” but we’re grateful for the opportunity to just add a bit of momentary joy to someone’s life - and belly.
Oh baby. I know what’ll warm your belly and fill you up on these chilly nights - a Muffaletta from Sanford Sourdough Bakery! Packed fully with mortadella, capocollo, salami cotto, provolone, and olive tapenade on their own house bread, you can order it toasted OR take it home and toast it yourself so it’s still warm.
(Virtual) Tasting Classes Coming Up
AH! Exciting news! We estimate that we’ve led over 13,000 folks in virtual tastings. THANK YOU! Whether you have yet to join us - or have made us a weekly tradition - we hope you’ll find something exciting coming up below. 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. Want to see our full schedule, including November? You can search by class topic here or by date here (scroll down and click on the date).
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 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.
How You Can Help Us Stay In Biz
From Anywhere in the United States:
Stay Cheese - y!
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.