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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 February Meeting Announcement

The February Queso Diego meeting will focus on Mediterranean Cheeses, presented by Chris Banker. We will explore the wide variety of unique cheeses that are traditionally made in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on many of the lesser-known cheesemaking areas. Many of these cheeses are very conducive to being made at home, and we will have a lot of information about how to make them yourself.

This meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday February 16th at AleSmith Brewery – 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego (http://www.alesmith.com).

VENUE NOTES: Please note that this is a new venue for us and some of the logistics are different than past meetings. We will need to bring our own chairs, so please bring a folding chair. If you have a folding table you are able to bring, please also consider bringing it. AleSmith has a great selection of their beers available and due to license restrictions, AleSmith cannot allow outside alcohol to be brought in. Please refrain from bringing outside beer, wine, and homebrew to the event. Cheese and food are still fine, so please consider bringing something to share. See additional notes below.

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/1HtSqlBsjhVnfG0-ZP1GAm2sGF-ey-T-MmhZprWNebWs/viewform

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Information on the venue change:

The Queso Diego Board of Officers has been hard at work securing a new location for our 2016 meetings. Our new VP, Earl Itrich, has been working with AleSmith Brewery and has succeeded in obtaining our space with them for our meeting this month!

More from Earl:
As many of our members are aware our previous meeting host, Bill Tall of City Farmers Market, is having health difficulties which necessitates relocating our meeting place. Our best thoughts and wishes are for his speedy recovery.

It is not particularly easy to find a replacement venue to host our gathering, with its requirements for a larger group, for food sharing and slide show presentations. Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing stepped forward offering space in his facility for us to continue meeting. Perhaps unknown to many is that the third phase of construction at the location scheduled for this summer is to include offices, a Museum to Tony Gwynn, and CheeseSmith, a cheese creamery and retail store. Peter has training and several years’ experience in cheese making, and is bringing that passion to commercial fruition.

So, during our meetings we will have access to world award-winning brews, and ultimately to varieties of cheeses we may not find anywhere else! Not to mention the opportunity to have Peter and his crew talk to us about various aspects of cheese making and perhaps to conduct tours. How cool is that?

So, starting with our next meeting on February 16th, we will meet at AleSmith (the new location).

Here is some information you will need:

The new AleSmith location is at 9990 AleSmith Court. This is accessed from Miramar Road—AleSmith Court used to be called Empire St., and is the first traffic light east of the Pyramid. It is a T intersection, so you can only turn north, travel a half block, and end up driving directly into AleSmith’s parking lot. It’s really big—you can’t miss it!

Entrances: There is a big patio with access to the Tasting Room, an office door near the front corner of the building into the merchandise store, and there will be an open door on the south side of the building near the store with a Queso Diego sign posted. You can use any of the entrances, but may find it more convenient to use our side entrance and make your way to the tasting room from inside the building.

Seating: none at this time. Unless we want to sit on concrete or stand, we all need to bring our own folding chairs, campstools, beach chairs, etc. The Board is trying to provide enough tables for food, but feel free to bring one if you have it.

Restrooms: there are two sets of restrooms available for us; one in the merchandise store, and another by the north end of the patio.

Alcohol: Sorry—the state agency (ABC) has determined that AleSmith’s liquor license doesn’t allow (making it illegal) to bring in any form of alcoholic beverage and drink it on premises. If that happens and it is caught, then AleSmith can have their license suspended or revoked, putting them out of business. This prohibition means we cannot jeopardize Peter’s business by sneaking in wine, homebrew, etc. If some of us can’t find anything at the tasting room bar to quench our thirst, then in the future it would be legal for AleSmith to order commercial wine from a distributor, and sell it at a cash bar. Don’t blame AleSmith—it’s the government protecting us from ourselves again. ‘Nuff said.

Through AleSmith, we will be able to continue making presentations with a projector, to be broadcast on a large white wall. It should be easier to be seen by more people.

Due to liability issues, we have been asked that no one wander around the brewhouse at will. The only way to check out the impressive beer production facility is by appointment and with an AleSmith employee. Thanks for understanding.

All in all, this move looks to be a win-win for the club and eventually for AleSmith. So, come and enjoy the first meeting in our new location February 16th!

Queso Diego February 2015 Meeting Announcement

Hello Queso Diegans,

After 2 amazing QD parties in December and January, we are back at our homebase of City Farmers Nursery for our February meeting.

Tuesday’s Meeting topic will be “Other than Cheese Ferments” presented by our own Larry Stein.

Come and learn about Kefir, Greek Yogurt, Kombucha, Jun, and More. Learn easy ways you can make these in your own kitchen.

Larry has been hard at work on crafting these “other than cheese ferments” in his home kitchen and will have a variety of samples to share. There might even be some cultures to take home (well, if you promise to bring some back to share of course). 😉

Since many of these are liquid samples, I’d recommend bringing your tasting glass to cut down on those pesky plastic cups (and trash).

Sharing is Caring. As always, bringing delicious things to share is always promoted.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, February 17th 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 using the link below as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nK_NS6djsFzZfnhnxz9SrdlC0SpqSVUg3bQCX1GGf-Y/viewform

Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

The February meeting of Queso Diego will focus on Mexican cheesemaking. Member Omar will be leading the discussion on some of the south of the border cheeses nearest to our hearts, and demonstrating some cheesemaking styles. From the spongy queso frescos, to the stringy Oaxacas, attendees will have the opportunity to sample Mexican specialties, learn about Mexican cheese production, and its colorful culture. Guests are encouraged to bring Mexican food and drinks to share.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday, February, 18th at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Map of parking and the meeting location: http://bit.ly/RtI8rX.

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

Please fill out this form to RSVP for the February Queso Diego Meeting:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dEhqVEJmMEdKcC1YWUpyTkZIRzk5SXc6MA#gid=0

Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

The February Queso Diego meeting will focus on Scandinavian/Nordic cheeses from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Greenland, and Iceland.  Malcolm Jarvis will be leading the discussion on these cheese styles.  We welcome attendees to bring cheeses, foods, and drinks from this geographic region.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, February 19 at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com).  Map of parking and the meeting location: http://bit.ly/RtI8rX.

There will not be a meal or food truck provided, but members are welcome to bring snacks, drinks, and food to share as well as cheese.

Please RSVP using the link below so we can get an accurate head count:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEV3eExlV0RnV2ZEUzM5MkstZktrQ1E6MA#gid=0

Agenda:

  • Club announcements
  • Scandinavian Cheeses

What to bring:

  • Cheeses and snacks to share (optional).
  • 2012/2013 Dues ($20), if not yet paid.  This year’s membership is valid through June 2013.  It is also be possible to pay online through PayPal.

Summary:

Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

The February meeting of Queso Diego will focus on Whey Cheeses and Cooking with Whey. If you have or can make any whey cheeses to share, please bring them.The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, Feb. 21 at Curds and Wine (http://www.curdsandwine.com/). The Red Oven Pizza food truck will be on site for those wishing to purchase dinner.

Seating is limited, so please bring your own folding chair if possible.

Agenda:

  • Sharing of cheeses
  • Club business – updates, future meetings, etc.
  • SD Reader article recap
  • Featured presentation on Whey Cheeses and Cooking with Whey – Anna Kearns

What to bring:

  • Cheese to share, if you can. Whey cheese are encouraged
  • (optional) Food and beverages to share
  • Cash for food from food truck, if desired
  • A folding chair if you have one, as seating is limited.

Summary:

  • Tuesday, February 21st
  • 6:30pm
  • Curds and Wine
  • Topic: Whey Cheeses and Cooking with Whey