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Queso Diego September Virtual Meeting Announcement

Fromaggio

We have a very interesting and unique meeting this month, as well as the unique opportunity to get background/development information from the founder Glen Feder, Fromaggio, creator of the World’s First SMART Home Cheesemaker.

Think breadmaking machine………………seems to be a similar concept to “make almost any type of soft or hard cheese (or yogurt, and even tofu!)” (Fromaggio, 2020).

A little about the creator…………”After living in Paris for 15 years, Glen returned to the U.S. and was surprised to find people were still eating the same, tasteless, artificial, grocery store cheese. So he gathered a team of innovators and foodies — from the director of partnerships at YouTube to the head cheesemaker at a dairy farm. After a very successful Kickstarter campaign, we have now lined up the best manufacturers, suppliers and engineers we could find. Together, we are on a mission to bring affordable, artisanal quality cheese to kitchen countertops worldwide.”

The meeting will start at 7pm with the presenter, as he is on east coast time. Our club business and discussion will commence after the presentation. Zoom info was sent out to members via the club email list.

Queso Diego August Virtual Meeting Announcement

Join us on Tuesday, August 18th for a presentation by Claire Enemark, author/host of “Behind the Rind” podcast. Then, put on your trivia hat, as she will orchestrate some friendly, cheesy, team competition. Trivia is a great way to have fun and learn some fun facts (or perhaps myths) about cheese. Check out some of the episodes on http://behindtherind.com and maybe, just maybe you’ll have a leg up on some trivia 😊.

Social/sharing time 6:30-7pm – if you’ve made some cheese or found some cheese you really like, this would be a great time to share it with the group.
Presentation 7pm…..

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

Queso Diego July Virtual Meeting Announcement

Members have been asking for a cheese and wine pairing and so, we will be lead through a worldly pairing by Rob from Venissimo for our July QD meeting (zoom info at the bottom). Rob leads the Academy of Cheese for Venissimo and is well versed in pairings and presentations. He will pair, mix-and-match, discuss flavors/texture, etc, and he always has some interesting history or background to share.

The meeting is on Tuesday, July 22nd via Zoom
6:30 – social hour
7:00 – pairing presentation

The following wines were selected for the cheese pairing:

Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Noir (alternate would be a Merlot)

Note: If you don’t have these already at home or would prefer different styles of wine to try with the pairing…….there are no rules 😊

The following cheeses were selected to be paired:

Queso Leonora – goat – Spain – soft ripened bloomy rind goat cheese
Holey Cow – cow – California – Alpine
Rustic Red – cow – England – Cheddar
Roquefort – sheep – France – Blue

So, here’s how it will work:

Wine – members provide their own (see recommended wines above for the pairing with the selected cheeses)

Cheese – there are two options:

OPTION 1 – Order a cheese plate that will contain 4 of the 6 cheeses listed (I will have to get back to you on which 4 cheeses will be on the plate) and accouterments for the pairing. Cheese plates for members are $15, a 25% discount off the regular price (club is covering the other portion). Members will pick up the cheese plate at Venissimo; we are working on a pickup for the Del Mar store on the weekend (no promises) and at Mission Hills on Monday and Tuesday (the days these stores are open)……stay tuned. So, keep some time open on these days to pickup your cheese plate. I will send deadlines tomorrow for ordering but the following will be how it works

Step 1) Send Marci an email, mjrhjm@hotmail.com, stating how many cheese plates you want by the deadline of 5pm on Friday 7/17. Please specify whether you want to pick up at Del Mar (Sat/Sun) or Mission Hills (Mon/Tues)

Step 2) I will send a response with the pickup time and location. If I do not respond, that means I did not get your email.

Step 3) Pick-up your cheese
Members can pickup at Venissimo in Del Mar, Sat or Sunday 10-3
Members can pickup at Venissimo in Mission Hills, Monday or Tuesday 10-3

Step 4) Save the cheese for the meeting.

I have had some of the cheese plates from Venissimo and they come with a nice volume of cheese and accouterments.

OPTION 2 –

Take the list of cheeses to your favorite local cheese shop and purchase the ones you want.

OR

Buy styles of cheese, as listed above, where you shop. For example, perhaps you can not find the “Rustic Red” but you could purchase a different English cheddar.

……….again, there are no rules, except to eat cheese; So, however, you obtain your cheese is perfectly fine.

I apologize that all the details are not included but we wanted to get the info out to the members for planning. Look for another email, tomorrow.

Zoom meeting link and password were sent out to the members email list.

Queso Diego June Virtual Meeting Announcement

Pão de Queijo - cheese bread

So, we can’t physically travel right now BUT our taste buds can! Let’s go to BRAZIL, virtually, with Livia as our guide. She will present some history and take us through some tastings of BRAZILIAN CHEESE. This is a presentation not to be missed! Livia will be sending out an email with the types of cheeses and where to get them; I believe most, if not all, will be available at Brazil by the Bay Market (brazilbythebaymarket.com). This place is very unique and with low traffic volume easy to get to for obtaining the cheese BECAUSE presentations are always better with CHEESE.

Zoom meeting details were sent out to the club email list.

See you next Tuesday,
Marci

Queso Diego May Virtual Meeting Announcement

We miss being together to enjoy cheese, as it is a communal food. So let’s meet and share what we’ve been doing with cheese. This will be a casual but interactive meeting so bring one or more of the following to enjoy while we show, share (visually), and discuss:

  • A dish made with cheese (e.g., quiche, casserole, dessert)
  • Cheese pairing (e.g., cheese & beverage; cheese & song; cheese & meat; cheese and outfit….you pick the pair)
  • Cheese board – make one and show it, you’ll make us all jealous

You’re free to tell us as much or as little about what you bring.

Meeting connection info was sent out to the club email list. If you didn’t receive it, please contact the officers.

Queso Diego March Meeting Canceled

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,

Marci