With the recent surge in COVID cases in the county, the Cheese Board has made the difficult decision to hold our next meeting via Zoom. We had a great presentation on Cider Making and Cheese Pairing from Stan Sisson planned, but we will postpone this to the March meeting. The topic this month will be a discussion of cheese production in the United States, featuring slides from a recent visit to the Tillamook Creamery in Oregon. We look forward to meeting face-to-face again when it is safe to do so.
Our 11th anniversary party is still on! We are optimistic that this COVID surge will pass before the party. The Board will monitor the situation and will provide advance notice if changes are needed. This has been an amazing event in the past and will feature five pairings of cheese and bubbly libations. The member price of $15 ($25 for guests) is a bargain compared to similar cheese pairing events. This is sure to sell out, so be sure to sign up soon. More information can be found at: https://quesodiego.org/anniversary-pairing-event-tickets/ . Please note the PayPal instructions specified on the website.
Also note that ticket prices will increase to $20 members/$30 guests after January 31, if not sold out by that time. Our venue at Marina Village can only accommodate 80 guests. The event will replace the February meeting on February 15.
The Zoom link was sent out to the members email list.
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.
Our January meeting will be about Low & Non-fat Cheeses presented by Natalie Onstott, CCP, Cheesemonger
Tuesday, January 21st @ 6:30PM
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
We will be in the barrel room area that can be accessed by going down the hallway to the left of the main bar in the tasting room. You may want to bring a coat, as our meeting room can be chilly this time of year
If you are participating in the Potluck, it will begin at 6:30pm. It’s a lot of fun to share a cheese you’ve made, new cheese you’ve discovered, or a dish made with cheese, after all we are a cheese club. Equally welcome are any dishes, salads, desserts, breads, etc. We look forward to the membership food share. The meeting will start at 7pm.
We are permitted to bring homemade alcoholic beverages, but AleSmith’s license does not permit outside commercial alcohol.
Please RSVP using this form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count and plan logistics.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Regular meetings will resume in February.
January marks Queso Diego’s third anniversary as a club. To celebrate this occasion and the new year, we will be holding a cheese and champagne pairing celebration. We will explore pairings with a variety of sparking wines. The club will provide cheeses for the pairing and we are asking that attendees contribute a suggested minimum donation of $5 per person to help offset the cost of the sparkling wines that we will be purchasing.
In the past, the cheese and champagne celebration has been our highest attended meeting. To accommodate our available space this year, paid members will be given priority attendance, leaving a few spots for non-members. Please keep in mind that it’s possible we may have to cap off our headcount to ensure our available space is not compromised.
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. Nate’s Garden Grill (at City Farmers Nursery) is open for those who want to eat before or stop by for a drink after.