Queso Diego November 2015 monthly newsletter and RSVP link
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Next meeting: November 17

Sacré Bleu!

The November Queso Diego meeting will focus on blue cheeses, presented by Lee Movic. Bonus XP if you bring a homemade blue cheese to share! 

This meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday November 17th at City Farmers Nursery.
Map of parking and the meeting location
Nate’s Garden Grill is located on the grounds of City Farmers Nursery, so consider stopping by to grab a beer before or after the meeting. They have a great menu of fresh, local food and an extensive draft beer list.
Please RSVP to the Queso Diego meeting using this form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count: RSVP HERE

Sharing is Caring -- As always, bringing delicious foods and beverages is always strongly encouraged.

Reminder to bring your Queso Diego Taster Glasses. If you didn't get one yet, there will be some at the meeting!

October meeting: Flavored Cheeses!

Flavored Cheese: Spice, Herb, Vegetables, and Fruit Cheeses

At October's meeting, Alyssa (pron: uh-lee-sha) Humbert presented on flavored cheeses: reasons to add flavor to cheese, different types of additives to flavor your cheese with, and recipes for flavored cheeses. She brought her homemade flavored goat cheese to share, as well as flavored cheeses from Venissimo. If you missed it, view her presentation here: Flavored Cheeses!

VP nominations needed

We will be voting on new Officers for 2016 at the November Queso Diego meeting. We currently have no nominations for Vice President. The Vice President of Queso Diego conducts the following tasks: 

  • Directly assist President and step in when the president is unable to attend meetings
  • Help significantly with running the club and take some of the meeting leadership responsibilities.
  • This position is considered training to become future club President.

This position does not require a master cheesemaker, but we ARE looking for someone who cares about the club and future of Queso Diego. Please submit your nominations (self-nominations permitted) to:

Smallgoods Cheese & Provisions opens in La Jolla

Jenny & Mike Eastwood, new 2015 Queso Diego members, have recently opened Smallgoods Cheese & Provisions at the La Jolla Open Aire Market. With only 2 showings under their belt, word must be spreading because products are selling out.

Smallgoods features a rotation of American Cheese Society 2015 west coast award-winners along with local charcuterie from Point Loma's own, Pete Balistreri, executive chef of Tender Greens at Liberty Station. "It's really exciting how quickly marketgoers have embraced our little stand. They're commenting about the quality and unique offerings - we're already seeing a number of repeat customers. Last week we sold out!" said Jenny. "We'll continue to specialize in all things west coast and look forward to adding new, local finds," she added.

In addition to hand picking all of the cheeses for the new La Jolla venture, Jenny currently teaches cheese education classes at The Cheese Store of San Diego. She began her cheese career at Murray's Cheese, New York, where she honed her skills as an affineur at the company's Bleecker Street caves before moving upstairs to monger.

Smallgoods is open during market hours, Sundays from 9-1, at the La Jolla Elementary School. If you know of any local products that might enhance their offerings, please let them know.

Phone: 858-246-6287

December Holiday Party

In December, we do not have our usual Queso Diego meeting. Instead, we have our annual holiday potluck party, requiring members to pay their dues in full in order to receive an invitation to the holiday party.

We will be having an "Opportunity Drawing" (aka raffle) with your first raffle ticket free with your paid membership and subsequent raffle tickets for $1 each. Please think about your resources and your network and consider donating to the drawing. Please email the officers with your donation:

Cheese of the month

With the stovetop and oven full of cooking food and a household full of relatives on Thanksgiving, you can still get fresh, homemade cheese on the table with this easy chèvre recipe:
How to make Goat Cheese Easily at Home

Writers needed

This month's entire newsletter was brought to you by Queso Diego Historian, Alyssa (pron: uh-lee-sha) Humbert. 

We are looking for writers to contribute a one-time or monthly article to the new Queso Diego newsletter. If you would like to submit an article or idea for future articles, please send your suggestion to:

Upcoming Events

November 14, 1:00PM - 5:00PM
San Diego Cheese and Beer Festival - $25-$75
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Buy tickets here:

November 15, 6:30PM
Cider Workshop - $50
The HomeBrewer
2911 El Cajon Blvd. #2
El Cajon, CA 92104
Register here:

November 17, 6:30PM
Queso Diego Meeting: Blue is the new Black
4832 Home Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
RSVP here:

November 19, 5:30PM
Memorial for Horace "Bix" Bixby
AleSmith Brewing
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
Mary Anne and AleSmith need a head count so please RSVP to Melissa Wellman at Alesmith

December 7, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Venissimo Mozzarella and Ricotta class - $50
Venissimo @ The Headquarters
789 West Harbor Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92101
Buy tickets here:

December 15, 6:30PM - 10:00PM
Queso Diego Holiday Party 
Chuck & Joanne West's house
Potluck party
Invite-only event: Only fully paid Queso Diego members invited

January 12, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Ale to the Cheese! Craft Beer, Fine Cheese, and Smart Science - $55
Green Flash Cellar 3
12260 Crosthwaite Circle
Poway, CA 92064
More info here:

January 14, 7:00PM
January Queso Diego Officers Meeting
Chuck & Joanne West's house
Open to all Queso Diego members

January 19, 6:30PM
Queso Diego Cheese and Champagne Pairing 5th Anniversary Party

Location TBD
Invite-only event: Only fully paid Queso Diego members invited with guests
$5/member, $10/non-member
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16451 Bernardo Center Road. 
San Diego, CA 92127
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Locations throughout San Diego County
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The Cheese Store
1980 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Smallgoods Cheese & Provisions
La Jolla Open Aire Market
7335 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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The Ugly Dog
6344 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92115
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Sunflower Coffee Co.
4832 Home Ave.
San Diego, CA 92105
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Bice Ristorante
425 Island Ave. 
San Diego, CA 92101
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