Queso Diego July Meeting Announcement

Be sure to put next meeting on your calendar and plan to attend: Tuesday the 18th at AleSmith:
· Queso Diego had a very successful showing at the Del Mar Fair Cheese Contest, and we’ll hear from some of the winners about their experience.
· The lovely Jenny Eastwood will give a presentation on American Cheeses, and recommend some that we should all put on our bucket list.
· The club is kicking off a fun new participatory monthly event that will not only provide good cheese to share, but increase all our cheese making prowess.
· And, there will be an announcement about an exciting club program which will provide information, equipment, and ingredients for all members.

Don’t miss this mid-summer meeting; there’s a lot of exciting things going on.

RSVP here, and let us know what you may be sharing with us:

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Queso Diego Cheesemaker’s Rodeo Winners

Congratulations to Queso Diegan’s who took home many awards from the Cheesemaker’s Rodeo at the San Diego County Fair. Club members took home 20 ribbons and our own Jessica Voytek took home the Best of Show for a beautiful blue cheese. Thanks to Earl Itrich for all his efforts organizing the event and to Jenny Eastwood for recruiting qualified judges and providing training to those without professional experience. Photo credits to Larry Stein.

July 1 – Queso Diego’s Cheesemakers Rodeo Contest

First – Patricia Zervic, San Diego
Second – Christian Banker, Oceanside
Third – Curt Wittenberg, Encinitas

First – Larry Stein, San Diego
Second – Shane Webber, San Diego
Third – Christian Banker, Oceanside

Bloomy Cow Brie, Camembert, Triple Crème
First – Curt Wittenberg, Encinitas
Second – Jessica Voytek, San Diego

Bloomy Goat
First – Sabine Friedrich-Walter, Escondido
Second – Clifford Slatton, Los Angeles
Third – Jessica Voytek, San Diego

Blue Mold
First – Jessica Voytek, San Diego
Second – Curt Wittenberg, Encinitas

First – Larry Stein, San Diego
Cheddar and American Style
First – Marci Richards, San Diego
Second – Clifford Slatton, Los Angeles

Hard (aged)
First – Curt Wittenberg, Encinitas
Second – Clifford Slatton, Los Angeles

Flavored Cheeses, Butter & Cultured Dairy Products
First – Sabine Friedrich-Walter, Escondido
Second – Christian Banker, Oceanside
Third – Jessica Voytek, San Diego

First – Jessica Voytek, San Diego
Second – Curt Wittenberg, Encinitas
Third – Christian Banker, Oceanside

SD Fair Contest 2017

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Queso Diego June Meeting Announcement

For the June meeting of Queso Diego, we will be learning about cheese forms and presses from Larry Stein.
We are now allowed to share homemade alcoholic beverages (homebrew beer, wine, cider, mead) at our meetings at AleSmith. We are still not permitted to bring outside commercial alcohol. Please bring your own tasting glass.

Queso Diego February Meeting
Tuesday, June 20 @ 6:30PM
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

Meetings are free, but we highly encourage bringing something tasty to share (including homemade and store-bought cheeses), and joining as a member for only $20/year. Please bring a chair to sit on.

Please RSVP using the following link:

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Queso Diego May Meeting Announcement

Jack Ford of Taj Farm will talk about his farm and utilizing Dairy Animals and Milk for Cheese Making. Jack has quite a background in animals and fresh produce production, and has successfully made cheese for charcuterie presentations.

He is quite knowledgeable, and is quite active in the Slow Food movement. This will be quite an informative and engaging discussion—certainly one not to miss.

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to RSVP on the link below and put it on your calendar.

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SD Fair Cheesemaking Contest – Sponsored by Queso Diego

Queso Diego is sponsoring the SD Fair Cheesemaking Contest this year. See this page for more information: http://quesodiego.org/sd-fair-cheesemaking-competition/

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Queso Diego April Meeting Announcement

April is Grilled Cheese Month and we’ll be celebrating with our annual Grilled Cheese Meeting on April 18! You won’t want to miss this delicious event!

Grilled Cheese & Quesadilla Meeting
Tuesday, April 18 @ 6:30PM
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

Please adhere to the following guidelines to accommodate our new space:

Propane / butane cooking apparatus are strongly preferred, as we only have a couple of electrical outlets available.
We need as many propane/butane stoves/grills as possible, please indicate in the RSVP if you can bring yours (with propane included)

We will have separate tables set up for: cooking, prep/ingredients, food/serving, and a gluten-free table
If you have a portable table, please bring it – we need as many surfaces as we can!

We ask that you bring ingredients and prep/cooking supplies to cook 2-3 sandwiches
Cooks will be rotating, so that once you’ve finished grilling, please allow someone else to use your cooking space
Cook 2-3 sandwiches and cut into 6+ pieces each, depending on the size/structure – You won’t be slaving over the stove all night, so don’t be afraid to jump in!
Please prep as much as possible (chopping, mixing, marinating) and bring extra – caramelized onions, roasted peppers, sliced cheeses, meats, sliced fruits/veggies, spices, etc.

If you don’t plan to cook, please bring food to share or ingredients for the cooks to use
Non-members and Guests are allowed – No admittance without food to share or an ingredient to use! 🙂 We ask that non-members and guests join for only $20/year

Please RSVP the supplies you can bring:
Propane cook stove / griddle
Electric stove / griddle (limited electrical outlets)
Ingredients – meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, BUTTER, salt/pepper, Nutella, herbs, etc
Cutting boards

We are permitted to bring homemade alcoholic beverages, but AleSmith’s license does not permit outside commercial alcohol.

PLease RSVP Here:

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