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Queso Diego June Meeting Announcement

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We will be having our June Queso Diego Meeting on Tuesday, June 19th. 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).

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 featured presentation will be “Chèvre and Beyond: An introduction to cheesemaking”, by Larry Stein. This will be a great educational talk for new and seasoned cheesemakers alike.

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

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.

Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/Hgddsu9VgV4fOYm72

Queso Diego May Meeting Announcement

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Our May Queso Diego Meeting is already here!

Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM at:

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

Please RSVP for the meeting here:
https://goo.gl/forms/T3wzsKWES5AhM69n1

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).

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 will feature multiple mini-presentations.

First, Marci Richards and Jenny Eastwood will provide important information about competing in the SD Fair Cheesemaking Competition and discuss the process of cheese judging.

Next, Chris Banker will present on cheese caves and how to make your own.

Following Chris’ presentation there will be time for members to discuss their favorite cheesemaking gadgets (please keep presentations to a couple of minutes and one powerpoint slide, if you need it). Please make sure to tell us if you are bringing a gadget to share on the RSVP form.

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.

Queso Diego March Meeting Announcement

Hello Queso Diegans,

Do you want to learn how simple it can be to start making cheeses at home?

Tuesday’s Meeting topic will be “Cheesy, Soft and Easy” presented by our own Dr. Laura Hershey.

Dr. Laura will be bringing:
Chevre,Ricotta from Ricky Carroll’s book, and Serendipity; a cheese that happened when she abandoned raw goat milk in the back of her refrigerator for 3 weeks.

These cheese are all made from Goats Milk!
I can’t wait to try ’em.

This feature presentation will teach you how to make these
easy cheeses.
Easy means no aging.
Easy means no brining.
These easy cheeses have a very high success rate.
Good for beginners.

In addition, there will be a Grilled Cheese Teaser presented by
yours truly.

Sharing is Caring.
As always, bringing delicious things to share is always promoted.
It is also recommend bringing your tasting glasses to cut down on those pesky plastic cups (and making trash).

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, March 17th at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/City-Farmers-Map.jpg

Nate’s Garden Grill on the grounds of City Farmers Nursery is now open, so consider stopping by to grab a beer before or after the meeting. They have a great menu of fresh, local food and an extensive draft beer list.

Please RSVP using the link below as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vxHfTBZzSq7157yhA4722SVejXfHb977ajS_2rmhZgE/viewform

Queso Diego July Meeting Announcement

The July meeting of Queso Diego will be held on Tuesday, July 15. To start off the new membership year, we will have a presentation by Larry Stein on Cheesemaking Basics. Larry will cover a range of information from the basics of cheesemaking through more advanced topics.

This will be a presentation about cheese in general and how we turn milk into tasty goodness. We will go over some of the science behind the curds and review the various processes used in cheese making. The goal is to help you understand why you do certain things (washing curds, heating, cutting, etc.) so you can better understand what you’re doing and more easily follow the technical topics presented at meetings. We expect to provide a wealth of information for new cheesemakers, as well as some tips and technical details for more experienced cheesemakers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any cheeses or beverages to share, and especially homemade cheeses.

In addition to the main topic, we will be presenting an intro to Mac ‘n Cheese in preparation for our August meeting.

July marks the beginning of the new membership year and we encourage everyone to renew their memberships in a timely manner. Dues will remain the same great value as previous years at $20 per person or $30 per household.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, July 15th at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/?attachment_id=453

Nate’s Garden Grill on the grounds of City Farmers Nursery is now open, so consider stopping by to grab a beer before or after the meeting. They have a great menu of fresh, local food and an extensive draft beer list.

Please RSVP so we have an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDFkZ3lsaDFuRTlGM3RWUEsxSDdpUEE6MA#gid=0

Queso Diego September Meeting Announcement

The September meeting of Queso Diego will be held on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30pm.  The meeting will be held at Callahan’s Pub in Mira Mesa: 8111 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92126.  Directions can be found here: http://www.callahanspub.com/contact/direction.  Their regular menu of food and drinks will be available for members to purchase during the meeting.

The meeting’s discussion topic will focus on Cheesemaking Basics and will cover the basics of how cheese is made, along with details about making hard and soft cheeses.  We will also be electing officers at this meeting, so please make an effort to attend.

Agenda:

  • Sharing of cheeses
  • Club business – updates on name, website, etc.
  • Discussion of future meeting topics
  • Nomination of officers: VP and Secretary
  • Featured presentation on Cheesemaking Basics

What to bring:

  • Cheese to share, if you can
  • Money for food and drinks at Callahan’s, if desired

Summary:

  • Tuesday, September 20th
  • 6:30pm
  • Callahan’s in Mira Mesa
  • Topic: Cheesemaking Basics