New Texas Iberico Maker!
Announcing… TEXAS IBERICO!
Texas Hill Country at the Trail’s End Ranch under Ashly Martin’s care. Martin is a third-generation rancher in Comfort, Texas, and as far as we know, this is the only herd like it in the United States. In fact, Spain didn’t allow for the export of their prized Iberico hogs until 2002! From Texas Iberico: “These extraordinary pigs trace their lineage back to the time of the cavemen and are particularly suited for outdoor living. The cerdo Ibérico (Iberian pig) has a different genetic makeup than industrial pigs. These animals transform their diet – acorns, fresh grass, mesquite beans and prickly pear fruit – into heart-healthy fats much like extra virgin olive oil.
That’s how Iberico pigs got the nickname ‘four-legged olive trees.’ Breeding stock was flown in from Spain in 2013 and our herd has 6 different strains of Iberico, providing vigorous genetic variation and a healthy herd.” Here in Texas, these pasture-raised pigs are never given antibiotics and the Texas Iberico cured meat offerings are Animal Welfare Approved. The pigs “spend their days roaming freely. Their diet infuses the pork with intense flavor, and plentiful exercise means the pork is marbled with flavorful fat, perfect for making delicious cured meats.” Without further ado, here are the products you can now find in our retail case and warehouse - available for curbside pickup or nationwide shipping.
Texas Iberico Hickory Smoked Cured Ham
FREE CHEESE WEEK is coming!
*35 Giveaway Winners! 14 Days! 50 Unique Businesses! Let’s SPREAD THE LOVE BABY!*Our 11th Anniversary is quickly approaching on February 11, followed by the cheesiest of holidays, Valentine's Day. Spread The Love! That's our theme for this year's birthday celebration. You've been good to us, and kept us going during tough times, and we want to pay it forward. Traditionally, to thank our customers and partners, we host #FreeCheeseWeek and give out free cheese plates at restaurants around town. However, life is different these days. And our service industry friends are hurting. So we're turning Free Cheese Week on its head; and yes, it still involves FREE cheese! We hope you'll join us in celebrating our birthday with one or all of the ways below.
Starting Mon 2/1, we'll be spotlighting 3 different Texas makers daily on our Instagram and Facebook pages. While the trio of products makes for a perfect treat, we also hope you'll support those makers and follow them in their journeys. You'll be able to purchase the paired trio or items individually. As part of a newly-envisioned pandemic-era #FreeCheeseWeek, we'll be hosting a DAILY GIVEAWAY of these Texas goods for 11 straight days! Follow us on Instagram to play along and learn about 33 Texas makers; no purchase necessary. As for paying it forward, we'll spotlight a different nonprofit every day and donate 5% of shop revenue to them.
We're spreading the love another way too. We're still giving restaurants free cheese. And we'll be featuring a daily dish from an Austin restaurant. But here's the thing. We aren't asking them to give the cheese away. We're asking them to sell it. And our hope is that you'll buy that dish - or ANY dish - from our restaurant partners. Because they need our love, support, and dollars. Will you help us spread the love?
Finally, as we move from our 11th Anniversary into Valentine's Day weekend, we'll host two social media giveaways, one each for our Valentine's Gift Box (avail nationally) and our Cheese Spread for Two (local pickup only).
Find more details, partners, and links here.
Plan Your Valentine’s Celebration
While you can order anything from our site as a gift - from a cheese club membership to all our gift boxes to individual a la carte items to build your own, we did curate two custom packages just for Valentine’s Day 2021.
“Spread the Love” Valentine’s Gift Box - limited supply $75 for Local Curbside Pickup / $85 for Shipping Our Valentine's Day box is the perfect foodie gift to show your love. It includes cheese, charcuterie (cured meat), and pairings like chocolate, pickles, nuts, and more. PREORDER now for shipping, noting this gift qualifies for free shipping in Texas. We’ll ship these on Mon 2/8-Wed 2/10 - all to arrive by Fri 2/12 latest.. Local folks can also preorder now for curbside pickup; please select a pickup or delivery date of Mon 2/8 through Sun 2/14 - while supplies last! (If you order for pickup before this chosen date period, we’ll build you a great Valentin’s Box with similar, yet substituted goodies. This special is available for the week leading up to Valentine’s Day.)
Valentine’s Cheese Spread for Two
Ready for Valentine’s Date Night? Because this is everything you need. This package includes a round cheese and charcuterie tray featuring two cheeses, one cured meat, fresh and dried fruit, pickled treats, and jam. On the side, you’ll also get chocolate covered cashews, SRSLY Love chocolate bar, flatbread crackers, and a bottle of Prosecco. Everything is fresh cut and prepared in our health inspected facilities the day you pick it up. Order online here. This item is available only for curbside pickup or local courier (for an additional fee.). Available for pickup now through Sun 2/14
Book a Raclette Experience
A quarter wheel of raclette cheese, a machine to melt it, and all the fixins (cured meats, potatoes, an assortment of pickled goods, salad, and bread) that feeds up to 6 folks. This is a fun, interactive dining experience and oh-so-decadent. We have 4 machines to rent out daily, and you must return it before noon the following day (so we can spread the love!). Learn more or book your raclette night here. - Austin only
ANNOUNCING February Virtual Tastings!
Local: Our complete February schedule is now online. 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.
Outside Austin: While we can’t ship you our cheese class plate, you CAN still take a virtual cheese tasting with us. Check out our Cheese Class in a Box, available for nationwide shipping in the continental USA. Each box has enough goodies to feed up to 4 folks (or leftovers for 1 person!), comes with a 10-min plating video, and an hour-long guided tasting led by John and me (Kendall). Folks can simply enjoy everything at their own leisure or take the included class. (Note that any orders made online now will be shipped the first week of January.) Current selections include:
Antonelli's In Your Words
“I just wanted to personally thank you for the cheese-tasting experience. [The Cheese Class in a Box] was awesome!! It truly exceeded my expectations. The cheeses were amazing, the video commentary was really interesting and informative, and the whole pairing concept just blew my mind. The combinations were often unexpected, and always delicious! It gave me a whole new appreciation for cheese, which I now realize has the potential to be as complex and interesting as wine. Also, it was just really nice to try a bunch of cheeses we would probably not be able to find around here; the expert guidance and knowledgeable commentary that accompanied them made the experience even better. [Getting a group together] albeit virtually, will be one of my best memories of the pandemic, and would have been a great idea even if we didn't have to social distance!!” ~ Christine P. #AntonellisTestimonial.
In The News
It was a thrill to see our name in print in the Wall Street Journal last week. In Alex Lobrano’s article on “Five Cheeses that will Transport you to France,” he named 5 domestic cheese shops here in the USA to get your cheese game on. Thanks Alex for the spotlight, including mentioning Texas cheesemaker Susan Rigg of River Whey Creamery.
Austin is part of a statewide movement to create more family friendly work places and this week #EarlyMattersGreaterAustin launched Best Place for Working Parents™ in partnership with other chapters across the state. This first-of-its-kind business self-assessment promotes research-backed policies that benefit working parents and businesses’ bottom line. We recently took the self-assessment. While we personally think we've got a ways to go to become more parenting friendly (it's on the goal list!), we're also proud to be counted as one of Austin’s #BestPlace4WorkingParents™ businesses in the food & bev industry - who are leading the way in supporting employees, specifically working parents, through family-friendly workplace policies and practices. Being #familyfriendly is #businessfriendly.
Texas Keeper Cider is HIRING for a full time Cellarhand/Operations Lead for the Cidery, located in Manchaca (far south Austin). Check out the job description and details on how to apply here.
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.