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The Sun through the Clouds
Oh how all the clichés are running through my head. “The light at the end of the tunnel.” “Brighter days ahead.” And yes, I feel it! Despite daily rain and thunderstorms, I increasingly feel a weight off my chest and pep to my step. As someone who has struggled with obsessive compulsive disorder, I wondered how it would feel to emerge into public after being so insular this past year. I’ve now had three meals out, and they were all wonderful. And I’ve hugged again! Other people besides my husband and children! After 365+ days! I know we’re all on various journeys and have taken different paths through this past year. I also know folks have been impacted in different ways. That said, the Antonelli family is grateful for the privilege, medicine, and ability to see friends again. Bring it on sky; there’s no raining on my parade! (Okay, I’ll try to drop the idioms…)

Unconventional Pairings with the Antonellis - TOMORROW Wed 5/19 - John is a master at coming up with unique and tantalizing flavors. Join John and Kendall for this tasting of 7 atypical pairings. From maple cream to marinated mushrooms and sardines to salted cantaloupe, we've got a fun experience planned of some of our unexpected fave pairing bites. Adventurous food lovers welcome! Get tix here to this virtual tasting. Here’s a lineup of our menu, subject to change:
  • Burrata with Spanish Sardines
  • Casatica with Chocolate Covered Bacon
  • Oma with Sbrisolona Cookie
  • Mobay with Marinated Mushrooms
  • Goat Gouda with Salted Cantaloupe Jam
  • Pecorino Romano with ‘Nduja
  • Deep Ellum Blue with Maple Cream
This event is offered via Facebook Live. (You do not need a facebook account to watch and join!) John will be leading the tasting live from 6-7pm, but you can also access the video anytime later that evening to do the tasting at your leisure or preferred time.

So Much To Celebrate - IN PERSONIn Person Tastings: Thank you for selling out our first in-person tasting event. We’ve already announced another! Join us Thur, June 24 from 6:30-8pm AT Easy Tiger South. We’ll be tasting 8 (yes 8!) cheeses in a Taste Off: Savory versus Sweet. We’ll have four sweet pairings (perhaps like our donut chocolate - pictured?!) and 4 savory pairings. We’ll talk through the theory of pairing - that is, marrying complimentary contrasting flavors (sweet honey with salty cheese) or similar flavor profiles (savory, nutty cheese with a similar spread). You decide which is the best and help us determine in real time. Last week’s announced class sold out within 3 days; will you help us sell this one out just as quickly? Get tix here. (And if in person isn’t right for you yet, see our continued virtual class offerings listed below or take our Cheese Class in a Box, an on-demand tasting experience.
Graduates: A Cheese-y Way To Celebrate Your Grad! From cheese trays to gift boxes to tasting events and parties. We are here to help make your graduation celebrations extra special. Click here to work with our events team to plan your in person or virtual celebration.

In The Shop
Congrats to sister-led, Ghana-made 57 Chocolates on their recent write-up in Saveur! Did you know that we are one of the few places in the United States where you can score their chocolate? While we hope that changes, we also hope you’ll help these artisans grow by purchasing some of their chocolates in our shop. We currently have their 73% Dark Ghana available for sale.We recently announced that we’re proud to carry new(ish) producers Texas Iberico. If you haven’t tried it yet, get in on the action. They were just written up in the New York Times here and My San Antonio here. We’ve got their Ham (jamon iberico inspired), Lomo, and Chorizo in stock.

We’re Hiring!
Thanks to you all, our cheese tray program is bustling. And we need more hands to help build beautiful cheese and charcuterie boards! We’re hiring for both a FT Lead Cheesemonger and a PT Cheesemonger to build orders. All team members accrue paid vacation and sick time, free access to therapy through our Employment Assistance Program, free tickets to events and shop discounts, and more perks. Learn more or apply here.

Our Cheese Around Town
You may not know it, but in addition to having mouth-watering brisket, sausage, and ribs, la Barbecue also has a cut-to-order cheese case! Featuring Texas superstars like Caldera Espana from River Whey Creamery (Schertz) and Ol’ Redneck from Veldhuizen Cheese (Dublin), this woman-owned barbecue joint at 2401 E Cesar Chavez is a smokin’ hot spot!

In The News
Thank you, thank you, thank you Austin Chronicle readers for voting us “Best Food Pivot” for our Virtual Tastings. While it seems like old news now, we went virtual within 3 days of Mayor Adler canceling SXSW, were the first to do so in the nation that we know of, and ended up leading 15,000 folks in online tastings. Whether you voted, took a class, or ordered our Cheese Class in a Box, thank you for making that pivot one that helped keep our full team employed and our business in business. Woohoo!

We are proud to be one of Inspired Austin’s first 50! Inspire Austin is making it easy for you to celebrate and elevate iconic and socially conscious businesses of all sizes. #DoGoodEatGood by giving WITH the businesses you love. To learn more, visit them here.

Announcing MAY Virtual Tasting Events!
Local: These "Local" tastings are for Curbside Pickup only and offered virtually. 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.
5/19 - Unconventional Pairings - NEW!
5/20 - Taste of Place: A Cheese-y Tour of Italy
5/22 - Prosciutto, Salami & Cheese...Oh My!
5/23 - Taste of USA Celebrating American Cheese Month
5/24 - Cheese 101 (benefitting Latinitas local nonprofit)
5/25 - Perfect Pairings: Preserves & Cheese
5/26 - Perfect Pairings: Conservas & Cheese
5/27 - A Perfect Pair: Antonelli's Cheese & The Blanton Museum
5/28 - An Antonelli's Cheese Date Night
5/29 - Chocolate & Cheese
5/31 - Soft Cheeses: Rich, Gooey, Delicious

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:

  • Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese (& Pairings)
  • Cheese & Cured Meats Pairing
  • Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
  • Cheese & Honey Pairing (coming soon!)

May is American Cheese Month!
We challenge you to buy American ARTISAN cheese by finding alternatives for your European faves; help farms and cheesemakers stay in business so you’ll continue to get the cheese you love. This nationwide initiative of the American Cheese Education Foundation (ACEF) seeks to create excitement for and educate about American artisan cheeses, raise funds for scholarships and industry research, and positively impact cheesemakers bottom line. Get tix to our 5/23 “Taste of the USA” Virtual Cheese Event. (For locals only who can pick up their plates curbside or order delivery.) We’ll be donating partial proceeds to ACEF! Alternatively, order our Vegetarian Cheese Tray in May, which features all domestically-made cheeses. Bonus: they’re made with vegetarian rennet.

Stay Cheese - y!

John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.