Deadline: Thanksgiving Boxes!
Highs and Lows
Last week, both Eleanor (our production lead) and David (our shop beverage purchaser) received notification that they passed the American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional Exam. Since they met all other qualifications of hands-on experience and book smarts, they can now call themselves CCPs! In case you’re counting, that means the Antonelli’s Cheese Team has NINE certified cheese professionals on staff, ready to give you the best customer experience possible. We also had a major win for Alex, our wholesale director, and the warehouse team. After much work and a passionate collaboration, we are sourcing and distributing two Texas cheesemakers to Whole Foods across the state. That means we get to live our mission more fully and help Texas cheesemakers. Woohoo! So yes, some big victories - and thank you for letting us share them.
Because you’re a part of the Antonelli’s family, we also have to share the heartbreaking news that we unexpectedly lost our beloved team member Dick Cody a week ago. Dick worked with us 6 years, 2 months, and 27 days as our first delivery driver (responsible for hauling all that Texas cheese across the state and to all your fave restaurants locally). Our business won’t be the same without him and, honestly, we’re still processing and will be grieving for some time. That said, it put a smile on our faces to read his obituary and know that, in his words, we were “the best job he ever had.” Dick - our promise to you and your legacy is to keep trying to be the business you always thought we were.
Deadline: Thanksgiving Box Orders
Preorder your Thanksgiving Boxes today! Some of you have made us part of your family traditions for the past TEN YEARS! Why stop now?! Whether you’re traveling or staying cooped up at home, we promise that enjoying a spread of artisan cheeses, meats, and pairings is one way to show gratitude for our farmers, dairymen and women, and good food makers. Order for pickup here. Order for shipping here. (Orders must be placed by midnight the day before pickup. Want to ship? The deadline is midnight Sunday evening, so we can ship your box on Mon 11/23.)
Medium Box ($65) - 4 cheeses (1.5 total lbs) + 2 Meats + Quicos + Jam
Large Box ($115) - 6 cheeses (3 total lbs) + 3 Meats + Quicos + Pickles + Jam
Selection: We specially source and bring in cheeses we don’t often carry for our Thanksgiving Boxes. This year, we’re including all the following. (Those items with an * are in the large only.)
Holiday Hours - Local Shop
Just for the holidays, we’ve extended our hours and are giving everyone an extra 120 minutes to support your favorite local cheese shop. Our curbside pickup is now open from 10am to 7pm daily. While our team can occasionally accommodate otherwise, remember to place your order in advance by phone or online.
In the News
Appreciations to Edible Austin for spotlighting some of our awesome Texas cheesemakers in their recent “Cheese the Day” feature. We’re thrilled to partner with so many Texas cheese folks, including Pure Luck Farm & Dairy, Bee Tree Farm, CKC Farms, River Whey Creamery, Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese, Veldhuizen Cheese, Goatilicious, and Mozzarella Company. Whether you buy from us or direct from any of them, thank you for supporting Texas artisan cheese.
Progressive Grocer named me (Kendall) as one of their Top Women in Grocery for 2020, alongside a big list of lots of amazing women in the food retail industry. Since its inception in 2007, PG’s goal has been to spotlight women in the industry who are giving back to their communities in a myriad of ways. I could start naming countless women who fall into this category; we go into hospitality or food because we love serving people. Thanks to you for making that work possible.
Our Cheese Around Town
If we’re too far north for you to get to, note that The Meteor on South Congress is now offering some of our pre-cut cheeses on their a la carte menu. Select “The Meteor Marketplace” under “Choose a Menu,” and you’ll find our cheese there. It's a build-your-own cheese board style with a selection of cheese and accompaniments. They're also offering a wide selection of natural wines and coffee by Intelligentsia Coffee. Enjoy! And thanks for supporting our cheese wherever it’s sold!
(Virtual) Tasting Classes Coming Up
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). Questions? Check out our most frequently asked questions here.
Like everything else this year, the 2020 holidays are going to be abnormal. Shipping supplies are limited, mail is an issue, sourcing is tricky... In short, nothing is the same as in year’s past. I wouldn’t normally rush you (nor push you!), but the sooner you get your orders in this year, the better we can serve you. (After all, who isn’t ready to put 2020 behind us?! Just kidding! But we appreciate all efforts to help us this holiday season - our usual busy time of the year. We are remaining close to walk-in traffic for the safety of our team and needing support in all other ways. Thank you!)
Our gifts start at $35, we offer special bulk gifting options, and by far the most requested item and our best “experience” is the “Cheese Class in a Box” for $125. We offer FREE SHIPPING in Texas for any gifts over $75 (pretax). Otherwise, shipping is $20 in Texas and $40 outside of Texas anywhere in the continental USA.
We’ve been creating artisan cheese trays for a decade now. What makes our boards a little different? We craft our trays in our health-inspected kitchen. All items on our trays are made by folks we know and love (ie no bulk, industrially-sourced cheeses from big box stores). We always build our trays the morning they are enjoyed (ie no pre-cut pieces). Sometimes, that means our team shows up at 4am, just to make sure your cheese tastes the best it can. Our trays first and foremost feature the best cheese and meat we can source. Want in on the action? Check out all our cheese tray options here.
Private Virtual Tastings
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). We’ll arrange all the details - whether you want to purchase in bulk for your guests or have each buy their own plate. Folks can pick up via contactless curbside or we have a shipping box available as well. Private Party details here.
How You Can Help Us Stay In Biz
From Anywhere in the United States:
Stay Cheese - y!
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.