Today (Mon) is the Deadline!
TODAY is the DEADLINE to VOTE!
We’re a finalist (!) in the Austin Chronicle Best Of Poll, listed among some amazing other folks for Most Innovative Pivot in the Food category. Some of you regular might recall: within days of SXSW being canceled and us losing 95% of our wholesale revenue (plus a lot of lost product), we immediately went virtual and hosted our first tasting. If you were one of the 15,000 people who partook in our virtual tastings in 2020 and enjoyed it - whether a public class, a corporate event, or even our on-demand Cheese Class in a Box (the first and only in the nation), we’d be grateful for your vote. And thanks for nominating us, making us a finalist! There are so many great ways to support our local community. This is a free one! (And there are some hilarious categories too.) Voting is here and DUE TODAY 4/12.
It’s National Grilled Cheese Day!
There’s still time to celebrate! You can hit up Austin favorite food truck, Emoji’s Grilled Cheese Bar until 9pm tonight at Lustre Pearl. We’re so sad to hear that it’s their last day as owner Hope Green moves on to new adventures, after a decade in biz. (Fun Fact: John and I judged a grilled cheese competition years ago at Saengerrunde Hall; it was a blind tasting, and Emoji’s took home a win!) Visit The Carpenter Hotel for their delicious take on a grilled cheese. OR make your own! Here’s a list of Delish’s “60 Best Grilled Cheese Recipes,” ensuring there’s something for everyone.
In the ShopCheese curds! We have cheese curds! Okay, as any Wisconsinite will tell you, a cheese curd is all about being fresh and eating it asap. That’s why we don’t regularly carry them. Because it’s hard to source these fresh locally. That said, every once in a while, we treat ourselves to artisan Squeaky Bee Curds from Beehive Cheese, cheddar extraordinaire makers out of Utah. Don’t believe us! Grab a pack for yourself. We bet they’ll be gone before you know it. (Did we mention these not only make for amazing melters - hello grilled cheese - but are also perfect roadtrip snacks.) Enjoy!
Special Virtual Events
Thu 4/15 - Macarons & Cheese PairingIt came to me in a dream. A revamped “Cheese & Crackers Pairing,” but featuring macarons. You know, the meringue cookie sandwich, a confection made up of two almond-flour-based cookies held together with ganache, jam, buttercream, and more. While it will just be John and me leading this tasting, we are sourcing the macarons from local bakery heroes Sugar Mama’s, who are making their macarons just for this event. 6 macarons, 6 cheeses, other pairing bites. Tickets here.
Thu 4/29 - Behind the Scenes with Texas Iberico This one and only offering is all about new(ish) Texas Iberico. We're headed to the 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, he has the only herd of Iberico pigs in the United States. Co-owner Tim Harris of La Tienda (the primary Spanish goods importer into the US) will talk us through the tasting of the Iberico pig, known for their famous history, heritage, and meat in Spain. Breeding stock was flown in from Spain in 2013 and their 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, we are here to go behind the scenes and explore the process that is behind these amazing products. This event is available for curbside pickup or nationwide shipping. Tickets here.
Fri 4/16 at 12pm noon - Exploring Equity in the Disability World
Local women’s collective giving nonprofit Impact Austin recently announced an “Equity Webinar Series” that is free and open to the public. The first event is this Friday at noon and explores the topic of equity through the lens of ability and disability. Four passionate and knowledgeable speakers will share their insights, as we seek to make sure topics around inclusion include people experiencing disabilities. Info here.
Sat 4/17 at 4pm - #StopAsianHate Rally & Vigil
Plans Saturday? Perhaps you were recently vaccinated and looking for your first time getting out? Well, mask up - and join us at the “Stop Asian Hate Rally & Vigil” at Huston-Tillotson University in East Austin. There’s an amazing line-up of inspirational speakers. Hope to see you there. Info here.
Announcing APRIL Virtual Tasting Events!Local: These "Local" tastings are for Curbside Pickup only. You can search by class topic here or by date here (scroll down and click on the date). Or just click on the class title! 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 on-demand 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:
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John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.