Our May meeting will be on Tuesday 5/17 at Alesmith, 6:30 potluck and meeting at 7. Our featured presentation will be Spanish cheeses by Mike Cordova. For the potluck, consider bringing a Spanish-style meal such as a tapas dish. Cheese and non-commercial beer, cider, or mead are always welcome.
Hope to see you there!
Though we’d love to see everyone in their green attire, the board has decided that in the best interest of our members and the community, making cheese at home, listening to an educational cheese pod cast, reading cheese articles, or tasting new cheeses (or Irish cheeses) is a better alternative for St. Patrick’s Day (aka March meeting).
Never made cheese? There are some great, easy recipes for beginners on this website – https://cheesemaking.com/collections/recipes?_=pf&pf_t_skill_level=beginner. They also have intermediate and advanced recipes. This is a great website to look through for cheesemaking recipes. Remember, you can get your cheesemaking supplies locally at Curds and Wine; QD members get a 10%, just show your card. Curds and Wine are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Podcast – Behind the Rind
Cheese articles – check out the last page of the March newsletter
New Cheeses – Check out Smallgoods new store in La Jolla; they have cheeses and meats that are amazing and all made in the USA – 10% discount for QD members.
Venessimo has cheeses from around the world; they have locations in Mission Hills, Del Mar, and Liberty Station – QD members get 10%.
Traditionally, we recognize “Grilled Cheese Month” at our April meeting. Last week, the board decided to move this event; it is currently scheduled for July. We will be in contact regarding the April meeting.
Stay health and dry,
This month we start preparing for our famous Fondue event in September. Carol Rutherford will provide an introduction to Fondue as well as recipes you many want to try. It’s not all cheese and bread. If you plan on participating in the Fondue event then this is not a meeting to miss.
This will be followed by a short presentation on food safety as it applies to Cheesemaking, given by Sabine Friedrich-Walter, a Certified Food Safety Manager. This is an important topic that I’m sure you’ll find interesting.
Lastly we’re starting our bi-monthly “Jenny’s Corner” Cheese Talk. Jenny Eastwood of SmallGoods will pick a cheese and give a 15 minute presentation on that cheese. The intent is to become more informed on what to look for in a particular cheese or type of cheese.
The meeting is on August 20th at AleSmith brewery. As is our custom, the social time and potluck will start at 6:30PM. You all have been awesome with the sampling of cheese and food to try and you are encouraged to bring something to share. At 7PM we’ll start our business portion and featured presentations.
Bring a chair and a friend.
Be sure to join us for our July meeting. This month the topic is “Cheese of The British Isles” by Curt Wittenberg and a special guest Eric Meredith from Neal’s Yard in the UK. You won’t want to miss this meeting.
This month we’re going to try something fun. Everyone who RSVPs will be entered in a random drawing to win a prize. I don’t know what it is, but it won’t be a car or vacation. Probably some cheese or cheese related item, or a beer. Who knows?? Find out on the 16th.
As usual Social half-hour starts at 6:30 with the general meeting starting at 7. Please consider bringing a tasty treat to share.
Bring a friend and a chair. You’re probably safe without jackets this month.
See you on Tuesday.
RSVP LINK: https://forms.gle/1npTahNLgfgC5eP79
Our June meeting will be on Tuesday, June 18th. Jenny Eastwood and Larry Stein will be presenting on Tasting and Classifying Cheese. It’s better than it sounds, with emphasis on the tasting part.
As always, our friendly potluck and social time will start at 6:30. Please consider bringing an item to share, the last few months have been wonderful.
Don’t forget your chair and a light coat in case it’s cold in the brewery.
I hope you’ve all recovered from last months Grilled Cheese event. This month we have a great presentation planned. Peter Zien, of CheeseSmith and AleSmith, will be here to talk to us about pasteurization. This is a critical process in Cheesemaking and many food endeavors, but few people know what it does and why it’s important. You don’t want to miss this meeting.
As always, our friendly potluck and social time will start at 6:30. Please consider bringing an item to share. The last few months have been wonderful. Don’t forget your chair and a coat.
Thank you to everyone who responded to the Valle Guadalupe trip. It’s sold out at 30 people. I’ll be sending a notice to those that signed up with the almost final details.
Be prepared to send me your deposit after I send the notice. We have a great trip planned. I’ll send all the details to you hopefully by Monday.
See you next Tuesday.