Just Listed: September Events

Searching for Sanity
Many folks are grasping for normalcy, structure, and healthy schedules…(or is it just me pulling my hair out and agonizing over the fact that I can’t manage to get my kids back into early, healthy bedtime routines on school nights?!) Whether for lighthearted or --- reasons, when the world seems upside down, I find it’s good practice to get simple and grounded in what’s immediate and important right now and here in front of me. For fear of sounding like a sales pitch, for us, that means coming back together at the dinner table each night, especially around a hunk of good cheese. With that said, you can count on us to provide you with artisan cheese, charcuterie (cured meat), and pairings that support smaller producers and family farms. When everything else feels chaotic or spinning out of control, we get back to the basics: sell good cheese through service and storytelling. And while maybe we can’t make a huge difference in the ways of the world, we can greet you with a smile and appreciation every time you step into our shop, talk to us on the phone, or take a cheese class. Yes, even those become more difficult with staff shortages in the shop, a cheese case that went out this week and led to thousands of dollars in wasted product, and a month when our expenses are greater than our income. (Is it September yet?!) But in spite of these challenges, we are focusing on abundance - that new folks continue to want to join our team, that we have hardworking and passionate team members, that we get to hopefully make a difference in the lives of our makers, and that we have YOU. In case we haven’t said it lately, you matter to us. Thank you always for your grace, patience, support, and most importantly, love of cheese and passion for supporting small, independent businesses like ours. (Yes, we’re hiring! Spread the word!)

Announcing September Tastings!
It’s live! …. And in some cases, events are already sold out. Woohoo! We need it! So get in on the action by cuddling up with a loved one, furry friend, or your plant and join us for a tasting. While we’re continuing with in person events - and making sure to keep them at limited capacity for a very intimate experience, don’t forget that we are still offering virtual tasting experiences. You simply pick up your tasting plate (or pay to have it delivered) and join us virtually for a guided tasting led by one of our cheesemongers.

Virtual Tastings
Sat 8/28: Prosciutto, Salami, and Cheese...Oh My! (virtual)
Fri 9/3: An Antonelli’s Date Night (virtual)
Tue 9/7: Preserves & Cheese Pairing feat. Confituras (virtual)
Tue 9/14: Honey & Cheese Pairing (virtual)

In Person Events
Wed 9/1: Taste of France
Fri 9/3: An Antonelli’s Date Night
Sat 9/4: Soft Cheeses: Rich, Gooey, Delicious
Thu 9/9: Prosciutto, Salami, & Cheese...Oh My!
Sat 9/11: Fresh Fruit & Cheese Pairing
Mon 9/13: Chocolate & Cheese Pairing - International Chocolate Day!
Thu 9/16: Pickles & Cheese Pairing
Fri 9/17: Prosciutto, Salami, & Cheese...Oh My!
Sun 9/19: Taste of Italy
Sat 9/25: Prosciutto, Salami, & Cheese...Oh My!
Mon 9/27: Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese (& Pairings!)

Charitable Cheese Cause
You put our #DoGoodEatGood mission into the world by supporting our monthly #CharitableCheeseCause! Get your tickets while you can to our Cheese 101 tasting on Mon 8/30. Or, just make a note in your calendar to shop with us on on 8/30 - and we’ll donate 5% of your purchase to Austin Speech Labs. They’re on a “mission is to support stroke survivors and their loved ones in rebuilding their lives by providing intensive, affordable, and innovative speech and cognitive therapy. [They] envision a world where stroke survivors have access to the therapy they need to thrive at home, at work, and in the community.” Isn’t that a cause worth supporting? Eat cheese and feel good!

Thinking of Afghanistan & Haiti
Dang friends. It continues to be hard to tune into global news (which is a privilege just to say that and not have to actually LIVE the hard news). Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Afghanistan, our service men and women who have fought - and died - there, and everyone else feeling particularly close or affected by events on the ground. I find that some action - any action - helps lift me out of the depths of despair, even if for just a bit. We’ve been looking into some various organizations to contribute to. Do you have a favorite one you’d like to share with us? Let us know! For now, we’ve donated to ConnectHer’s “Support for Internally Displaced People in Afghanistan.”. Ninety percent of your donation will go to the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), or you can make a direct donation to them here. From ConnectHer: We are grateful to be a long-time partner in Dr. Sakena Yacoobi's work at AIL. Sakena is an educator and Nobel Prize nominee who has won international recognition for her work. For 25 years her AIL has accomplished the near impossible in her native Afghanistan: trained 30,000 teachers, educated half a million children, and delivered health care and skills training to millions of men and women. AIL is scrambling to fill the overwhelming need for humanitarian aid. Read more here and find other ways you can help.

We’re also heartbroken for Haitians as they continue to get knocked down, despite their resiliency. We reached out to the family of the late Andrew Halton, our house builder who was passionate about service work in Haiti, and they suggested we donate to the Haiti Earthquake Fund of the Global Orphan Project. So that’s where our dollars are going for the moment in case its of interest to you. As a small business owner, I can say that literally every $5 matters. So whether you have the capacity to give big or small, it is valuable. (And simply spreading awareness is a free way to help.)

If you have any other ways we can support or share with our followers in a collective mission to #DoGoodEatGood, please let us know. And remember to practice self-care in whatever way works best for you in these continued challenging times. For John and me, that takes the form of a lot of gratitude exercises these days - focusing on abundance in our lives, versus scarcity, and how we can share with others. (It also includes the occasional “scream in the closet,” pedicure, or just country drive.)

Stay Cheese - y!

John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team.