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Queso Diego November Meeting Announcement

“Holiday Cheese Display”

Tuesday, November 16, at 6:30 PM

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

Greetings Queso Diego,

As usual we’ll start off at 6:30 with our potluck munchies.

The general meeting will start at 7:00 and we’ll get together and share ideas for centerpieces, displays and presentations made primarily from cheese. You’re encouraged to be creative and make a display using any cheese as well as charcuterie and accompaniments.

We’d love to have you share your ideas for the holidays.

We also have our annual elections this month. The board will present a slate of officers for discussion and approval. We look forward to having everyone join us.

Remember to bring a chair and a coat. It’s getting a little cooler.

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 May Virtual Meeting Announcement

The May meeting will occur on the 3rd Tuesday of the month (May 18th), as usual, at 6:30 pm. The zoom link was sent out to members.

This month’s meeting will be about the versatility of goat cheese! If you can, go buy (or make!) some plain goat cheese to experiment with during our meeting, and think about possible additions. Fresh herbs from the garden? dry herbs from the cupboard? Fruit? Nuts?

Larry will be giving a presentation and we will individually contribute from there.

Queso Diego 10th Anniversary Virtual Celebration

Please join us to celebrate 10 years of Queso Diego with a CHEESE & MUSIC PAIRING, Tuesday, February 16, 6:30pm

We will be pairing the cheeses listed below with different genre of music to discover how the music impacts the taste, smell, and/or sensation of cheese. Several genres of music will be played for each cheese, including at least one from the country of origin for each cheese. Much like different wines, music can change the tasting profile of cheese.

Here’s how it works:

You obtain one, two, three, or all four of the cheeses (from your cheese cave, refrigerator, or local cheese shop).
You obtain one bottle of bubbly, after all this is our anniversary and traditionally, it is “bubbly and cheese” to celebrate. If desired, you acquire other liquid refreshments you’d like to enjoy during the pairing (some general and specific, non-alcoholic and alcoholic recommendations for each cheese are listed at the bottom, if you need some ideas).
Optional: Headphones/ear buds – wearing headphones/ear buds helps you focus on the music and blocks out background noise in your environment (e.g., sounds of traffic, barking dogs, sounds of refrigerator).
We supply the music, pairing presentation, and polling questions.

The Cheeses*

FRENCH BRIE
SPANISH MANCHEGO (aged 6 mo)
ITALIAN PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO
AMERICAN (USA) AGED CHEDDAR (3 – 5 years)

*Note: The countries listed for each cheese are commonly associated with the style. Feel free to vary, as needed or desired. For example, you could get a brie-style cheese from Germany or Vermont. Work with your local cheesemonger/cheese shop (e.g. Smallgoods and Venessimo).

Pairing Ideas**

FRENCH BRIE – Champagne, Pellegrino (w/lime), cider from Normandy, Saison or other farmhouse beer

SPANISH MANCHEGO (aged 6 mo) – Merlot, Green Tea, Spanish Sidra Cider, Nut Brown Ale, Tawny Port, Sherry, amber spirit (aka aged)

ITALIAN PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO – Champagne, Merlot, Chardonnay, Amber Ale, Moretti or Peroni beer

AMERICAN (USA) AGED CHEDDAR (3 – 5 years) – Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Black Tea, 2 Towns Bad Apple Cider, Sherry, Stout, Alaskan or Stone Smoked Porter, German Rauchbier, Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, Anchor Steam Beer

**The celebration will be focused on cheese and music pairings (i.e., beverage pairings optional)

A Zoom link was sent to the club email list. If you didn’t receive it, contact the officers.

Queso Diego January Virtual Meeting Announcement

Are you having Cheese People withdrawals, too???

Got the Cheese Chat blues because not all your friends and family are as enthusiastic about cheese as you?

We miss meeting “live,” but going to a monthly Queso Diego meeting provides the continued opportunity to share, discover, learn, and converse with other Queso Diego members.

This month let’s connect and share our cheese discoveries (or re-discoveries) of 2020 or 2021 AND we’d like your to hear your ideas for 2021 meeting topics. We all need new ideas and would like to try new cheeses, cheese recipes, cheese uses (aka building a cheese house), etc.

Some 2021 discoveries have already been shared, Raclettewurst from Larry and Czech-style marinated camembert recipe from Deborah. Have they tried them? Perhaps they will share some insight at the meeting. I have discovered two items new to me this year already, too (to be shared at the meeting 😉). Also, do you wonder what happens to a cheese house (like a gingerbread house) after December? Don and Carol will let you know at the meeting (it was the perfect ending to their cheese house).

Also, we might let it slip or be giving hints about what is in store for the 10-year anniversary party (February 16)………..yup, QD will be 10-years old this year and we plan on celebrating.

The meeting link was sent out to the members email list.

Queso Diego November Virtual Meeting Announcement

November Queso Diego Meeting – Tuesday, November 17th (6:30pm social, 7pm meeting)

What do Cheese and Turkey have in Common???………… answer: Thanksgiving

Join us Tuesday to find out:
The role cheese has played in Thanksgiving
The lore of Cheesy Thanksgiving tales
Wacky cheese facts around Thanksgiving
What came first the Turkey or the Cheese?……and more.

What better way to learn about cheese and turkey than with Trivia (with cheesy prizes, too 😉). Perhaps you’ll get some different ideas for your Thanksgiving 2020 or at least have some fun trivia to share during your Thanksgiving meal.

Zoom link will be sent out on the members email list. Contact us if you want to attend as a guest.