WHEN TO SHOP this week
Special Hours This WeekFrom Austin:
Let’s be honest. It’s been a doozie of a year. And we’re not gonna sugar coat it. Whether you’ve worked harder than ever as an essential worker - or perhaps not gotten to work at all...Whether you’ve been cooped up at home with many folks in one small space or have been lonely and isolated from family friends. We’ve all experienced the past year of life differently but we have all been impacted. And our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones. So, it can be challenging to send out “marketing” emails. We know some folks are just working to put food on the table. For those of you that are able, we appreciate your continued support as we seek to continue living our mission to #DoGoodEatGood by representing dairymen and women, farmers, and artisan food producers. If you’re still planning to get your cheese - or meat - or chocolates - or...you get the point...if you need your specialty food fix, here’s how we’re operating this week.
CURBSIDE IS OPEN - For preorders placed in advance online or by phone. When you order online or by phone, you’ll select a pickup time from the slots given. That’s because, we know our small parking lot can’t handle 100 pickups at the same time and we don’t want you waiting long. Thanks for helping us stick to those pickup windows as much as you’re able. And remember that you can park directly in front of the shop or in our small parking lot across the street at our Cheese House. Park in a designated spot and follow the texting prompts.
Note: We have lots of pickup times available for today (Monday) and tomorrow Tuesday. Our pickup times for Wednesday are almost closed. So get those orders in asap! And it'll really help us out if folks order for today...appreciate y'all!
SHOP IS CLOSED - Please note, we are not able to take walk up orders. Since mid-March, we have also not allowed any customers into our tiny shop. (If you can see anyway for us to better message this, let us know! We’ve had some irate customers and we’re not sure how else to get the word out there. It’s on our social media, our webpage, and online listings. Happy to improve though if someone sees a better way!)
BREAK THUR & FRI - Our team needs it. The entire business will be closed on Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday after. We reopen for normal “pandemic” business on Saturday morning. (You can still place online orders on Thur & Fri for pickups starting Saturday. After all, Saturday is #SmallBizSaturday and we’re ready for you to start your holiday gift shopping.)
From Beverage Buyer David: As if you need another excuse to indulge this coming week, we'll offer up another suggestion to heighten your Turkey Day festivities: Beer! An amazing pairing with cheese and charcuterie, we think beers are exceptional accompaniments to however you choose to celebrate this week. We’re proud to carry local beers from some of our favorite producers, and we recently brought in some heavy-hitters that will be right at home with all the fixings. Check out these beers and the rest of our awesome selection under the "Cider | Beer tab" on our website!
Adelbert’s Brewery’s Tripel B, aka Bad Boy Brew, is named for Del’s freewheeling adventures in the 70’s, and this brew has the attitude to match. A classic Belgian style, this Tripel is packed with flavor, boasting notes of clove and coriander, and a balanced, honeyed character. Spicy and fruity, Tripel B heightens the luxury of creamy triple cremes, and is a wonderful contrast to your roasted bird of choice.
Meanwhile, in the blue corner, weighing in at 9.3% ABV, Real Ale’s Real Heavy is anything but “Wee”. This take on an Scottish Wee Heavy is hearty and smooth, with big notes of plum, toasted nuts and sweet toffee. Unapologetically malt forward, this opulent ale stands up to strong blue cheeses, nutty Alpine style cheeses like Pleasant Ridge Reserve, and would even make for a decadent ice cream float.
(Virtual) Tasting Classes Coming Up
We know folks are tired of it and tired of hearing it, but many of us are buckling down, staying physically distanced, and following advice to isolate. So, our cheese classes are here to get you through the boredom, break up your week a bit, and find a delish way to stay socially connected to others. And in so doing, you’ve kept our biz afloat too. Have you taken all of our classes? And even if you have, did you know that we feature different products and pairings from month to month? Plus, it’s always a different class when you’ve got one of our dozen cheese hosts online. Check out our December schedule. 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.
Small Biz Saturday!
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.
Our Cheese Around Town
Hey San Antonio friends! The Hoppy Monk is providing curbside, takeout, and patio dining Wednesday through Sunday. And check out this board! So much pickled seasonal veg, fresh fruit, preserves, candied spiced nuts, grilled sourdough, housemade chicken liver pate, and a selection of our cheeses.
Charitable Cheese Cause
Eat cheese and feel good about it! One day a month, we spotlight a local nonprofit doing great work in our community. We donate 5% of shop revenue (11-7), online revenue (all day), ticket sales for the tasting that evening, and after-class sales to the nonprofit. Plus, we shout their mission to the world. Thanks for helping us live our mission: #DoGoodEatGood.
This month on Mon 11/30, we're supporting local nonprofit CASA of Travis County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates: "CASA of Travis County exists to promote and protect the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected, by training volunteers to advocate for them in courts, in schools and in our community to help them find safe, permanent and loving homes." Get your tickets to our Virtual Cheese 101 now or place an online order that day, and it will benefit this great local org. #CharitableCheeseCause
How You Can Help Us Stay In Biz
From Anywhere in the United States:
Stay Cheese - y!
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.