Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

We will be having our first traditional Queso Diego Meeting of 2018 next Tuesday, February 20th. As always, it will be held at:

AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 Alesmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM with sharing of cheese (homemade or otherwise) and cheese friendly foods, homemade alcoholic beverages, and any other food or non-alcoholic beverage you would like to share. AleSmith beer is available for purchase (no other commercial alcoholic beverages can be served at the brewery).

The Cheese of the Month for February is Bloomy-Rind Cheese. If you have one you would like to share, we would like to try it. For that matter, any other kind of cheese is welcome.

At 7:00 PM we start the formal meeting with a summary of past and upcoming club events and meeting plans and we always provide a chance to talk about your homemade cheeses and to discuss cheesemaking and answer cheese-related questions.

This month’s presentation will be by Peter Zien, owner of AleSmith, a member of Queso Diego and soon to be a professional cheesemaker. Peter will tell us about his latest venture, CheeseSmith, a creamery that is nearing completion on the AleSmith premises. We are excited to hear the CheeseSmith story.

Please remember to bring a chair and wear something warm as we meet in the brewery, which can be chilly in the winter.

If you haven’t paid your 2018 dues, please be prepared to pay $20 for individuals or $30 for a family to our new Membership Officer, Olaf Walter.

We are looking forward to sharing cheese and the joy of cheesemaking with you, Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM. Please join us.

Please RSVP for the meeting using the form found via this link:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf7LqnSvtRwRkPk8hOhrBQ8S4-qElcyVyKwVT7kGyDa-7aXaw/viewform

Queso Diego January Meeting – Bubbly and Cheese Pairing

Australia Chandon sparkling wines and still pinot noir

Every January, we celebrate Queso Diego’s anniversary and the new year with a bubbly and cheese pairing. This very special event is only open to members and their guests and requires pre-registration. To join and attend the event, please contact the officers at officers@quesodiego.org. Regular meetings will resume in February.

Queso Diego November Meeting Announcement

The activities at our next meeting on November 21 st will be another double feature extravaganza:

First, The presentation “Alpine Cheeses” by our own award-winning Marci Richards. It will be an informative exposé into the sharp and aromatic goodness that originated in the Alps of Switzerland, France and Italy. Yummm. And we’ll have samples to enjoy!

BTW: This month’s participatory cheese is aptly described as “Holiday Cheese”. Let your imagination run wild and put together your impression of flavors that represent the Holiday Season. We’ll all look forward to sampling prior to the meeting, between 6:30 and the 7:00 start of the meeting.

Second, it’s time for our annual elections of Officers. This year voting is available online for all members in good standing (paid their dues and didn’t serve cheese whiz all year). Look for a separate voting form.

Queso Diego November Meeting
Tuesday, November 21 @ 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 this form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3bXwUP-Emd5iToNC337sRstq687H7FPzUWL6tBUOjhixrog/viewform

Queso Diego September Meeting Announcement

The presentation at our next meeting on the 19th will be a double feature extravaganza:
First, “Do Blue Bugs Make Blue Cheese? – Selecting Microbes for your Cheeese” by Curt Wittenburg. It will be an informative exposé into bugs of color—or maybe just the colorful result of invisible bugs and oxygen on cheese. Or perhaps colorless bugs and colorless results (Albino Blue?); you be the judge. It should be quite helpful as we all expand our cheese making knowledge, and expand our experimentation into really delicious styles. Don’t miss this talk from one of our cheese gurus.

And second, as the yummy anticipation builds for next month’s meeting, Lisa Chamberlain will be giving hints and tips on sharing delicacies at the annual Queso Diego Mac ‘N Cheese meeting October 17th. It’s gooey, it’s gastronomy, and it’s great!

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday September 19 at AleSmith Brewery.

If you haven’t done so yet, be sure to RSVP on the link below and put it on your calendar:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdczayGAaKFbyNhx62mNeBMXSuiS8MNzYeSRNuPQSX8GkSohw/viewform

SOMETHING NEW: We’re adding a couple questions to the bottom of the RSVP form. Your feedback and thoughts will be appreciated. Please be sure to respond by RSVPing (is that a real word?) and letting us know what you think. Thanks.

See you Tuesday the 19th!
Earl

BTW: Don’t forget to make your acidified cheese to share with everyone at the meeting.

Queso Diego August Meeting Announcement

Be sure to put the August meeting on your calendar and plan to attend: Tuesday the 15th at AleSmith:

Our featured presentation is The perfect cuts for cheese using the perfect knives by Sabine Friedrich-Walter and Olaf Walter. Great information for presenting our crafted homemade cheeses.

A reminder for all those Blue Ribbon winners at the Del Mar Cheese Contest: get me your name and address asap so I can submit the order for your 1 year Culture Magazine subscription prize.

This month’s Cheese of the Month is fresh cheese: Chevre, Queso Blanco, and Fromage Blanc. As Larry pointed out, there is plenty of time to make a fresh cheese by next Tuesday for sharing. And as Chris explained, making a 2 or 3 quart batch is easy, convenient, and relatively inexpensive. Let’s share our traditional and flavored creations with the club members and receive positive feedback on our work.

See you then!

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfdPq3F3lwaqq1kQSj9mgDUQjusnadz3QTQ5EJvc7aLdkibA/viewform