Our monthly meeting will be held next Tuesday at Alesmith Brewery, 9990 Alesmith Ct. Potluck will start at 6:30, and the meeting topic will be Cider Making and Cheese Pairing. Stan Sisson will be our presenter and he is an experienced cider maker. We will have a few homebrewed ciders for sampling along with cheese pairings.
Back by popular demand, we are having another pairing (Whoo Hoo!); this time we’ve expanded it to include meat. Our tour guides for this pairing event will be no other than Jenny and Mike Eastwood of Smallgoods during the October QD meeting (zoom info at the bottom). As many of you know, Jenny is a Certified Cheese Professional and together, Jenny and Mike are the cheesemonger and meatmonger (is that a real word?) of Smallgoods (and owners). They are well versed in pairings and pre-COVID were doing pairings around town at the different wine and beer establishments. Check out some of the pairing plates that they prepare weekly on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/smallgoodsUSA. They will discuss the individual cheeses and meats and how they pair together and with your beverage of choice(s). You will hear about the textures, aromas, flavor profiles, etc. and some interesting tidbits about their sources.
The plan is to have four cheeses and two cured meats. Below are the cheeses and suggested pairings. Most of the pairings will probably go more with beers but a few alternate options have been included for those that may prefer a different beverage. As before, we will each find our own beverage (places to look are in your frig, “cellar,” local wine, beer, spirit store). There are no rules, so if your beverage of choice is not listed, bring your favorite beverage(s).
Cheeses and Suggested Beverages :
– Ashed Chevre – Rose? something bubbly?
– Aged raw goat milk tomme (dry & crumbly) – Cider & Ale’s
– Aged raw cow milk Gouda (crunchy & butterscotch) – Stouts & Porters
– Aged cow milk Cheddar (big, rich, nutty) – Ciders & IPA’s
Oh, can it be Tuesday, yet? I can almost taste the cheese……………
So, where’s the meat?? The meats are a surprise but will play well with beers & ciders (and the cheeses) – Fear not! It’s not mystery meat; the meats will be revealed during the meeting though you can look at them and guess when you pick up your plates 😉.
So, here’s how it will work:
Beverages – members provide their own (see recommended beverages above for the selected cheeses)
Cheese and Meat Plates –
Cheese and Meat plates for members are $15, a 25% discount off the regular price (club is covering the other portion).
Members will pick up PRE-ORDERED (see below) cheese/meat plates at Smallgoods (7524 La Jolla Boulevard La Jolla, CA 92037) on Saturday (10am – 5pm), Sunday (10am – 2pm [CLOSES AT 2pm]), or Tuesday (10am – 5pm). *
It is super easy to get to their shop; on the weekends quickest to go into La Jolla by around 10:30am and on Tuesday between 10 – 11:30am and 2-3pm.
DIRECTIONS: From I-5 or 52, take La Jolla Parkway; keep straight on to Torrey Pines Road; Left on Girard Avenue; Right on Pearl Street; and Right on La Jolla Boulevard
** Pre-Orders are now closed **
Every January, we celebrate Queso Diego’s anniversary and the new year with a bubbly and cheese pairing. This very special event is only open to members and their guests and requires pre-registration. To join and attend the event, please contact the officers at email@example.com. Regular meetings will resume in February.
In January we will be celebrate our Anniversary and the New Year in style with a Cheese and Bubbly pairing.
We will explore a variety of pairings with cheeses and sparkling beverages such as sparkling wines, cider, and beer.
Please Note: This is NOT at City Farmer’s Nursery.
We selected a special location for this meeting to better accommodate the format of the meeting and to allow everyone to be seated at tables.
Queso Diego Bubbly and Cheese Anniversary Party
Tuesday, January 20th 2015
First Unitarian Universalist Church
4190 Front Street, San Diego, CA 92103
$5 for paid members
$10 for guests (However if they join Queso Diego this drops it to $5)
Timely RSVPs are very important for planning and purchasing purposes.
This is a special annual event and a really good value.
There is No need to bring cheeses or beverages to share.
Parking can be found on the street or in the back of the USCD parking lot for $5.
Ridesharing is always encouraged.
Wearing your New Year’s Festive wear is also encouraged.
The October meeting of Queso Diego will take place tomorrow, October 15. We will be doing a harvest and Halloween themed pairing night and we encourage members to bring cheeses, foods, and beverages to create pairings. The club will provide a few harvest-themed cheeses and we expect that members will bring lots of interesting things to try. Feel free to bring pre-planned pairings or things to mix-and match with what other attendees bring. The idea behind this is to provide an opportunity before the holiday season for us to try out different combinations and develop ideas to share with our friends and family during the holidays.
A few ideas to get you started:
cheeses and foods involving fall and pumpkin spices, ciders and pumpkin beers and cheeses to pair with them, wine and cheese pairings, liquor or cocktail pairings, foods made with cheeses, etc.
Please RSVP using the following form:
The November Queso Diego meeting will focus on cheese and beverage pairings. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s a great time to start thinking about sharing cheeses with family and friends. For this meeting, we are going to explore pairing cheeses with beer, wine, mead, cider, liquor, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. We encourage everyone to bring a cheese and/or a beverage to pair with and a favorite pairing would be even better. We will share our pairings and mix-and match to find new combinations. We will then have some discussion about our favorites and what worked well for pairings.
Please RSVP using the link below so we can get an accurate head count: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDBJV0VoZkpLbXozRHJKTThURWFpZWc6MA#gid=0
- Free-form cheese and beverage pairings
- Club business – treasurer updates, future meetings, etc.
- Discussion about favorite pairings
- Additional time to revisit pairings
What to bring:
- Cheese and/or beverage for sharing and pairing. Snacks and beverages are also welcome.
- 2012 Dues ($20), if not yet paid. Membership is valid through June 2013. It is also be possible to pay online through PayPal
- Tuesday, November 20th
- City Farmers Nursery, 4832 Home Ave, SD (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com)
- Topic: Cheese and Beverage Pairings