Announcing In Person Father's Day Tasting

Limbo
I don’t know about y’all, but I feel like I’m in a weird limbo. It’s not good, nor bad. Just limbo. As we excitedly strategize for our shop reopening and hosting events at our cheese house, meticulously thinking out every detail we can to make every guest and staff member feel welcomed and safe, I feel torn. Like many of you, I’m so ready for freedom! And I’m enjoying mask-less hugs and indoor dining again. Yet my mask has also become a habit. I was just standing in a takeout restaurant for lunch, looking around at the other 50 people, and realized I was the only one still wearing a mask. It’s not that I was concerned, nor had I intentionally thought about it. I just did it. So I guess all this is to say, if anyone else out there is feeling like they’re in limbo, we’re in it together! Hah! I’m looking forward to being on the other side, whatever that means. In the meantime, I’ll just trust the process as I continue moving through it. That said, we are still offering virtual events, like our upcoming Yerba Mate Tea & Cheese Pairing, and we started rolling out in person events, like our upcoming Cheese & Charcuterie Pairing at Contigo for Father’s Day. Whatever floats your boat, we’ve got it! And we appreciate your continued support, as we are clearly experiencing the summer dip in sales. Don’t forget: we offer fully-loaded picnic bags (packaged in reusable cooler totes) for all that outdoor fun you’re having! (And yep, here's a funny pic of our kids in a Spanish cheesemaking creamery, just because I sort of feel like the look on Everett's face these days!)

Yerba Mate Tea & Cheese Pairing - Virtual
Thu, June 17 (6-7pm* - or on demand that night) - Cheese & Tea Pairing We are teaming up with our friends at local company CLEAN Cause who make organic sparkling Yerba Mate (herbal tea). Their mission is to support individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction by creating a sustainable source of funding for greater access to sober living facilities. They achieve this with 50% of their profits funding sober living scholarships. In this tasting, you’ll get a tasting plate of 6 cheeses, 6 tea pairings, and 6 food pairings. Pick up your plate curbside (or have it delivered) on the date of the event, then join Kendall & John live virtually at 6pm OR watch it on demand later that evening on our facebook videos page. (You do not need facebook to view it.) Yerba Mate flavors that we’re pairing with include: Peach, Lemon Lime, Orange Ginger, Blackberry, Watermelon, and Berry Mint. Get tickets heres. Thanks to a generous donation from CLEAN Cause, we’re also providing discounted tickets for folks in AA and Ben’s Friends, offering hope and support for folks in the F&B industry struggling with substance abuse and addiction.

Father's Day Cheese & Charcuterie at Contigo - In Person
Sun, June 20 (2:30pm-4pm) - Cheese & Cured Meat Pairing for Father’s Day Next up in our traveling road show series - offering IN PERSON tasting events around town - is a Cheese & Charcuterie Pairing AT Contigo on Father’s Day. Whether you’ve got a father figure to celebrate or not, this event is open to anyone interested in artisanal cheese and cured meats. Join us at Contigo’s beautiful outdoor space in East Austin and stay after the tasting to enjoy their delicious menu. This class is one of the most popular classes that usually sells out quickly. We showcase 5 different cheeses (a mix of both pasteurized and unpasteurized) each paired with one of our small batch meats (from whole cured muscles to the tastiest ground salami). This tasting gives us the chance to play with the amazing flavors that charcuterie has to offer. Your cheese plate will be accompanied by Spanish corn nuts and a special selection of Easy Tiger bread. Meet us AT Contigo (2027 Anchor Ln, Austin, TX 78723). Get there a bit early to hit up the bar if you want to order a drink. The bar will have recommended beverages based on the tasting selection. We will start promptly at 2:30pm (seated time). After the tasting, feel free to hang out in the lounge area and raise a glass to dad and enjoy some delicious Contigo snacks. We can't wait to see you! Get tickets here. TIP: Don't delay! Every single in person event we've announced has sold out quickly! And THANK YOU for that!


Our Cheese Around Town - Sour Duck Market
As we head into the Texas summer, it’s so important to stay cool! Sour Duck Market on the corner of MLK and Chicon on the east side of Austin has the answer! Check out their Watermelon Salad featuring marinated Bocconcini from Calabro Cheese, zucchini, charred corn, burnt chili and olive oil for a refreshing treat!


Hiring!
Applications should be submitted through our Indeed posting here, where you can also find details on each. Please forward this email and spread the word! Referral incentive: if you refer someone who gets hired, we’ll give you a $50 gift card or 2 tickets to a cheese tasting (value $90). And if you help us hire our marketing manager, I’ll personally give you a really big vaccinated hug (if you’re into that sort of thing).
June Tasting Events
Ticket sales are now up and running for all our June events offered in Austin and for local curbside pickup. (If you’re out of Austin, consider our Cheese Class in a Box on demand tasting experience that we can ship nationwide!). From your regularly offered monthly favorites to one-of-a-kind unique events, to new topics altogether, we’ve got great offerings for those of you who have done 20+ tastings (woohoo!) and those of you who have yet to join us. You can search by class topic, date, in-person events, or virtual events. Note that right now all of the following are virtual unless otherwise noted.
Stay Cheese-y!

John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team