FREE CHEESE WEEK(s)
2/1-2/11 - a daily morning GIVEAWAY of our Texas Trio of the Day
2/11-2/11 - a daily afternoon GIVEAWAY of a gift card to an Austin restaurant
2/12 & 2/13 - Valentine’s GIVEAWAYS
Various collab giveaways throughout, including virtual tasting events
45 POUNDS of FREE CHEESE!
33 TEXAS MAKERS!
11 AUSTIN RESTAURANTS!
11 AUSTIN NONPROFITS!
Let’s spread the love!
Somehow, Free Cheese Week turned into Free Cheese WEEKS over the past two years, and why not?! We’re going for it. Things look a bit different this year though. We don’t want to ask our restaurant partners to give up coveted curbside or patio space to give you a free cheese plate. But they do need your business. So we’re giving them free cheese. We’re spotlighting a different Austin restaurant daily on social media and hosting a giveaway. Follow both our accounts and comment on the post for a chance to win a gift card to their restaurant.
We’re also shining a light on over 30 Texas makers - from cheesemakers to winemakers to beekeepers. We’re featuring a daily Texas Trio that goes well together. Purchase the set or any of the items independently online. And you can follow us on Instagram for DAILY GIVEAWAYS. Just like the post, comment, and follow the 3 Texas makers and the benefitting nonprofit.(Yep, we’re giving away 5% of sales every day for the next 11 days to a different local nonprofit!)
And we’ll end the celebration with two Valentine’s Giveaways. So make sure you’re following us on Instagram and Facebook! (We’ll be drawing winners from both.) And help us SPREAD THE LOVE. You’ve been good to us Austin; help us be good to our makers, restaurants, and nonprofits. Complete details here.
Special Collab Events
Fri 2/5 at 6:30pm: Cheese & Chocolate with Madhu (virtual) If you’ve purchased local Madhu chocolate, then you know how amazing this is. And if you haven’t tried them, get in on this class! Since Madhu came on the scene just over a year ago, they’ve been having trouble keeping inventory stocked. Even Martha Stewart picked their chocolates as one of her faves, and they've been featured in the New York Times and Forbes! Madhu is named after owner/maker Harshit’s mom and means “sweet” in Hindi. That speaks to their motto: “Be Madhu to each other.” Moreover, Madhu is a love story of hard work between Harshit and Elliot (an Antonelli’s alum). How can you not want in on all this love, goodness, and positive impact?! Expect a bounty of 7 cheese and chocolate pairings, including Rose Pistachio, Dark Chai, Plain Dark, Vanilla Fennell, Saffron Milk, Coconut Cashew Milk, and Orange Clove. Get tix here! pic cred: Krista Miller
Sun 2/7 at noon: Cheese & Coffee with Spokesman Coffee (virtual)
Yes, coffee and cheese. We always tell you to pair (yummy, fatty, palate-coating) cheese with something acidic, and this is a great way to do it! Plus, earthy, nutty, roasted, cocoa flavors of coffee pair exceptionally well with cheese. For this fun daytime event, we’ll have both Spokesman roaster/baristas and Antonelli’s mongers leading the tasting. Spokesman will lead us through a cupping of 3 micro-lot coffees roasted right here in ATX (and will walk you through the brewing process). Your ticket comes with 3 bags of coffee (pre-portioned and pre-ground perfect for a cupping) and a plate of 6 cheeses with other fun flavor combinations and baguette. You’ll pick up via contactless curbside that same morning from 9-11am at the cheese house, then jump on zoom at noon. I’d call that a perfect Sunday! Get tix here!
Mon 2/8 at 6:30pm: Cheese & Non-Alcoholic Cocktails with Seedlip (virtual)
We are thrilled to partner with Seedlip - the maker of the world's first non alcoholic distilled spirit! Famous mixologist Jessica Sanders (of Drink.Well) will lead us through the cocktail making process and tasting of three non alcoholic spirits. We’ll guide you through tasting of 6 cheeses and other pairing bites. Why Seedlip? Over 300 years ago, it was common for physicians to distill herbal remedies using copper stills, harnessing the power of nature and alchemy to solve medical maladies. In 1651, one such physician, John French, published The Art of Distillation, documenting these non-alcoholic recipes. At that same time, a family in Lincolnshire had started farming, hand-sowing seeds using baskets called ‘seedlips’. Centuries later, Ben Branson stumbled upon John French’s recipes. Ever the tinkerer, he was inspired to purchase a small copper still and experiment with distilling herbs grown in his garden at home. And so began two meticulous years of perfecting the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit–combining Ben’s farming heritage, love of nature & design, and fulfilling the need for a sophisticated non-alcoholic option. Get tix 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:
When a person chooses to work with us, we don’t take it lightly. And when they stay with us, we know it’s something special. Every day they show up and make us the business we are. To that end, we owe huge appreciations to the following:
Happy 4-Year Work Anniversary Andrea!
Happy 4-Year Work Anniversary Jeanna!
Happy 5-Year Work Anniversary Nicholas!
In The News
The Cheese Professor (aka Jim Gladstone) did a feature on virtual tastings. We’re so proud of our small ATX shop for leading the nation in virtual cheese tasting experiences! Thanks to you all for making it a successful program. Whether for pickup, local delivery, or nationwide shipping, we’re thrilled our live and on-demand experiences are making an impact and helping us live our #DoGoodEatGood mission.
Superbowl Sunday! Some of you are avid football fans. Some of you show up to root for your home team...or your fave commercials. I’m all about the food. Don’t forget we offer an array of cheese, cured meat, and veggie trays perfect for your Superbowl viewing (or non-viewing). Details here.
Stay Cheese - y!
John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.