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Queso Diego October Meeting Announcement

Please join us for a great meeting this month:

Queso Diego October Meeting
“Celebration of Cakes Made from Cheese”
Tuesday, October 19th at 6:30 PM

The Barrel Room
AleSmith Brewing Co.
9990 Alesmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

Greetings Queso Diego,

To kick off our celebration of cakes made from cheese, we are asking guests to share a cheesecake during the potluck portion of the meeting. Remember, cheesecakes can be sweet or savory so maybe we can make this a meal. Of course, we wouldn’t want to eat only cheesecake for our meal, would we? So, if you don’t want to make a cheesecake, please feel free to contribute a dish to round out our meal.

Following the potluck, at 7 PM will proceed with the usual club business followed by a presentation on “Cheese Celebration Cakes” by Curt Wittenberg. These are cakes that are actually constructed from cheese. We will discuss design considerations, decoration ideas, serving and, somehow, we will work in opportunities to taste more cheese. And, of course, members who bring cheesecakes will also have an opportunity to talk about their contribution.

Regarding the noise:
I’m sure everyone is aware that the back room can be a bit noisy. They have so much beer to can that they’ve been running 24/7. Peter is aware of the noise.
They are in the process of getting a faster canning line that will be installed a little further away. This should hopefully be done within the next couple of months.
Thanks for putting up with this but it will get better.

Queso Diego September Meeting Announcement

This Tuesday we’ll meet at AleSmith in Barrel Room where we normally meet. Social time starts at 6:30 and the meeting will start at 7:00.

Please bring a chair. You may also consider bringing something for the pre-meeting potluck. You can bring homemade beer/cider/mead/wine but no commercial alcohol.

This month, Larry Stein will be doing a presentation “Cheese Classification, How to Taste Cheese”.
We’ll explore the lexicon surrounding cheese descriptors and try several samples.

Hope you’ll join us.

Queso Diego August Grilled Cheese Meeting

Queso Diego Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 17, 2021 – 6:30 PM
AleSmith Brewing Co.

The Grilled Cheese Meeting, Redux
Somehow, virtual grilled cheese just did not cut it, so it’s time to do this for real!

(Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we will be unable to accommodate Zoom attendees this meeting.)

Please read this message in its entirety.

Alesmith Brewery is located just off of Miramar Rd. between I-805 and I-15.
9990 Alesmith Ct.
San Diego, CA 92126

The meeting is held in the Barrel Room
Enter through the doors at the end of the hall to the left of the bar.

There will be no formal meeting. We will setup and start with announcements at 6:30 PM. We will then proceed directly to the main event:

GRILLED CHEESE

Please bring your own folding chair. One with an attached side table is convenient if you have one.

Tables will be needed for cooking and serving.
If you are cooking and serving grilled cheese, please bring your own table.

If you are making grilled cheese, please prepare the components of your grilled cheese prior to the meeting so that only minimal assembly and cooking are required. You DO NOT need to make enough Grilled Cheese for everyone. Plan to cut grilled cheese sandwiches into bite sized pieces. Everyone will want to taste everything.

Also, please bring all of the items needed for the preparation and cooking of your offering , a skillet or griddle, utensils, spatulas, serving dishes, etc. Eating utensils, plates and napkins will be provided by the club.

Please bring a Propane Stove or share with someone else. Electrical connections are very limited and needed for AV equipment.

Stoves and skillets can be shared and used in shifts. If you have a dessert grilled cheese, consider asking someone making a savory sandwich to share their cooking station.

Please help with cleanup. This is a messy event and will require everyone to do their part in leaving the meeting space as we found it.

As always, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MUST BE HOMEMADE. Fantastic AleSmith beer will be available for purchase from the brewery.

Guests and new members are welcome but please plan to contribute something to the meal.
We request that everyone sign in at the desk as they enter the meeting.

Please wear a mask and maintain physical distance if you are unvaccinated.
All are encouraged to wear a mask except when eating or drinking to protect yourself and others.
We are fortunate to use a very large room with a partially open roof.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at officers@quesodiego.org

Queso Diego July 2021 Meeting (In-Person!)

We are pleased to announce our first in-person meeting of 2021:

Queso Diego Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021
AleSmith Brewing Co.

6:30 PM Potluck and Social Time
7:00 PM Welcome Back Meeting followed by additional social time

(Unfortunately, we will be unable to accommodate Zoom attendees this meeting. If there is demand, we will explore this in the future.)

Alesmith Brewery is located just off of Miramar Rd. between I-805 and I-15.
9990 Alesmith Ct.
San Diego, CA 92126

The meeting is held in the Barrel Room
Enter through the doors at the end of the hall to the left of the bar.

Please bring your own folding chair. One with an attached side table is convenient if you have one.

This will primarily be a meet and greet event. Our formal meeting this month will be brief and focus on getting acquainted and reacquainted.

As always, we will begin with a POTLUCK. Cheese centric food is common but all food is welcome.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MUST BE HOMEMADE. Fantastic Alesmith beer will be available for purchase from the brewery.

Guests and new members are encouraged to attend. We request that everyone sign in at the desk as they enter the meeting.

If you are unvaccinated, please where a mask to protect yourself and others.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at officers@quesodiego.org

Queso Diego November Meeting Announcement

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This month our own cheese monger, Natalie Onstott, will be telling us about her adventure to Belgium and introducing us to washed rind cheeses. Washed rind cheeses are among the most complex and divisive cheeses. We’ll have the opportunity to try some real interesting cheeses. This will be a funky presentation and you don’t want to miss it.

Jenny will back with Jenny’s corner. We’ll have to see what’s in her cheese wheel.

In January we want to do a topic about “Low and non-fat Cheeses”. We’re looking for someone who would like to prepare this presentation. It’s not that difficult and we’ll help out if needed. Please let me know if you want to take this on.

This is also our last General meeting of the year. December will be our annual holiday party. There will be more information on this later.

November is when we elect the board slate.
As of today we have:

President: Marci Richards
VP: (Open)
Treasurer: Chuck West
IT: Chris Banker
Membership: Mark Bendixen
Events: (Open)
Logistics: Lisa Chamberlain
Secretary: Joanne West
Newsletter: Liz Sears
Social Media: Livia Cournoyer
Education: Don Rutherford

We are still looking for a vice president and events lead. You don’t have to be a prior board member for either of these positions. It’s a great way to support the club and become involved.
If you are interested in either of these positions, or any position, please let Larry know before or at the meeting.

The meeting is on November 19th. 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. Please feel free to bring something if you’d like. At 7PM we’ll have our normal business and then start our featured presentation.

Bring a chair, a coat, and a friend. We’ll be meeting in the Barrel Room.

Queso Diego August Meeting Announcement

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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.