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,
In place of the regular February meeting, we are holding our annual “Bubbly and Cheese” anniversary pairing event to celebrate 9 years as a club. This special members-only multi-course pairing event is sold out, so if you missed your chance to buy tickets, make sure to purchase your tickets early next year. This event is held at a different location that is better suited for a sit-down pairing, so we will not be at AleSmith.
We will resume regular meetings next month with our March 17th meeting at AleSmith. Check back for additional details.
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.
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
Treasurer: Chuck West
IT: Chris Banker
Membership: Mark Bendixen
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.
Be sure to join us for our October meeting. This will be a special meeting as we’ll have a Skype presentation with Gianaclis Caldwell.
Please RSVP to: https://forms.gle/Xw8BNYUkNj4cTgMTA
From Curt’s notice:
“…we will have cheesemaker, goat farmer and author Gianaclis Caldwell as our virtual guest for a presentation on the challenges of amateur cheesemaking and how to beat them followed by the opportunity to pose your questions to one of our most cherished cheesemaking educators.
This is a special opportunity for those of you interested in goat husbandry, amateur and professional cheesemaking and related topics to an expert who’s goal is to share her knowledge with others. What did you always want to know about cheesemaking? Do you have a question you have posed at Bix’s Corner that stumped everyone? Have you always wondered how to preserve your goat milk, how to choose a starter culture or which type of rennet is best for a particular cheese? Bring your questions to the meeting or, better yet, send them to me and I will call on you to ask it at the meeting. Too shy to pose your question? I will pose it for you!”
The meeting order will be a bit different, with the presentation right at the beginning and then the normal club business.
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. It may be getting a little cooler this month so consider bringing a coat.
The meeting is in the Barrel Room, where it has been for a while. Go down the hallway between the bar and the store and through the doors at the end of the hall.
See you on Tuesday.
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.