Hot, Melted, Cheese Classes

Hot, Gooey, Melted Cheese Madness
Oh you know you love it Texans. Dipping into a bowl of queso as sweat rolls down the side of your face. Yep, we don’t let the hot weather hold us back from hot queso. And while we usually wait til the temps drop a bit more to release our Raclette Nights, we decided we needed a little pick-me-up. And few things are better at doing that than melted cheese. Yes! Raclette Nights Are Back! Raclette comes from the French word “racler,” meaning to scrape. It refers to a specific cheese, a machine, and the name of a dish (usually potatoes, cured meats, and cornichon pickles with melted cheese). Traditionally, raclette was melted fireside; as the top layer melted, it was scraped and dripped onto your plate. Nowadays, we use these awesome quarter-wheel machines to do it tableside. In addition to potatoes, cured meats, and bread, we also give you some fresh greens and pickled veggies to help digest it all. We’ve announced a set of dates for these Antonelli’s Dinner Night Series experiences. In keeping with our current safety standards, we are only allowing 3 private groups per evening. Each group gets their own room. A group can seat anywhere from 1-6 folks (for a max in our Cheese House of 18 spaced out folks). And yes, you get a freaking quarter wheel of Raclette (about 4 pounds). We challenge you to eat it all, but if you can’t, we’ll wrap it up for you to take home and melt into whatever else your heart desires. Check out our Raclette Class schedule here. If your group is a tad bigger than 6, you’ve got a special occasion to celebrate, or you’re seeking private events for safety concerns, know that you can also rent our Cheese House for a Private Raclette Party.

If you’re anxious about in-person events and/or preferring at-home activities, know that we provide this same experience as a Raclette Night at Home! Simply order it online. Then you’ll pick up all the goodies, as well as our machine, for you to create the experience at home. We even provide a short instructional video if needed. Relax and eat cheese in your elastic-waisted pants (or none at all!) in the comfort of your own home. Then return our machine the next day, so we can sanitize it and send it with the next folks.

Suffering a Huge Loss
Honestly, I’m not sure how to write about this or where it’s appropriate to do so. But, as survivors of depression, John and I both feel we have a personal mission and obligation to destigmitize mental health challenges. And part of that is just openly talking about it. So please allow us this moment to process our own grief and share the heartbreaking knowledge that a light went out. We are devastated beyond belief to lose our dear friend and colleague, Pat Polowsky, to suicide this past weekend. Many of you know him as the fun, light-hearted, humorous, witty, intelligent cheese geek and food scientist who collaborated with us for our Cheese 201 virtual series. We’ve also shared the physical keynote stage with Pat, and his Cheese Science name goes out in every single box, catered cheese tray, and gift from our business on our “Cheese Flavor Wheel” materials. We love his fun, "digestible" content of food science (see image below). Once we move out of shock, we will think of better ways to pay tribute to and remember our friend.

For now, we feel helpless. But we know there is always something that can be done. If you particularly remember Pat, his humor, his food geekery, his unique presentation style, or any other simple offering you want to share with his loved ones, you can leave an online tribute here. May these words provide some comfort to Pat’s loved ones in a time of unimaginable loss. A memorial fund has been set up in his name for the Indiana chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). September is Suicide Prevention Month. Reach out to that friend that’s been on your list for sometime. Check in on a loved one. And know there are resources available to you if you’re suffering or for family and friends to help a loved one through it. Pat made a big impression on us and you all. We'll close this out with just a few of the testimonials we received from customers after some of our collaborations with him. Pat, we love you and we miss you already.

Pat is awesome. And charming, engaging, funny, and packed with knowledge.” “My favorite part was pretty much anything coming out of Pat’s mouth. Educational and a riot.” “We love Pat and his sense of humor. My husband and I have done several of your Cheese 201 collaborations together, and we are so impressed by him!”

September Tastings & Events
A plate of cheese, cured meats, and a guided tasting? Yes please! 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
Tue 9/7: Preserves & Cheese Pairing feat. Confituras (virtual)
Tue 9/14: Honey & Cheese Pairing (virtual)
Tue 9/21: Fruit & Cheese (virtual)
Wed 9/29: Prosciutto, Salami, and Cheese...Oh My! (virtual)

In Person Events
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!
Sat 9/18: Raclette Night Dinner Series
Sun 9/19: Taste of Italy
Fri 9/24: Raclette Night Dinner Series
Sat 9/25: Prosciutto, Salami, & Cheese...Oh My!
Mon 9/27: Cheese 101: The Seven Styles of Cheese (& Pairings!)
Thu 9/30: Raclette Night Dinner Series

Hurricane Relief in Louisiana
Whew. I know many folks are already in tough financial situations due to this damn pandemic. And the need continues to be great - Afghanistan relief, Haiti relief, and now Louisianans and others suffering from the destruction of Hurricane Ida. If you’re looking for a place to support and have capacity to give, my friend and community organizer Fatima Mann is doing on the ground work through her Community Advocacy and Healing Project. Read there on how you can help - with supply donations, cash donations, and more to send not only food and other needed items but also therapists and support.

Stay Cheese - y!

John & Kendall
And Your Awesome Cheesemonger Team