Queso Diego July 2016 newsletter with July meeting RSVP link inside
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Message from the President

Thank you Queso Diego Officers!

I'm so proud of the Queso Diego Officers for putting on 6 successful Queso Diego meetings so far this year - Way to go!

This month, when you see them at our monthly meeting, could you take a moment to thank them?

Why do they deserve thanks? After a hard day's work at their real jobs, they're working on Queso Diego to make sure we have a meeting space, they replenish our meeting supplies, they keep track of membership dues and sponsorships, they keep our social media accounts active and relevant, they keep our website working, they put out this newsletter every month, they schedule and plan cheese events and classes. 

I know this club isn't perfect, it's still a work in progress and the Queso Diego Officers work really hard to make it better every month. Everyone has had to accommodate adjustments to the club this year and I've heard the complaints: 

- For every person who finds this location too far, I've had an equal number tell me they're grateful now that we meet closer to them.
- For everyone who's upset that we can't have outside alcohol, I've had some who appreciate the focus on cheese rather than drinking.
- For those who find the cheese making lacking in our meetings, I've had members who've stepped in to give presentations focused on the cheesemaking process.
- The list goes on.

1 - We can't please everyone all of the time
2 - If you would like to see a change, come to our Officers meetings (always open to members and the next one is on Thursday, July 7) and help us make that change happen

The Queso Diego Board of Officers work hard and we make our decisions based on careful deliberation. If you are unhappy, please know that we have listened. We're working on making improvements and could use your help!

July 7 @ 7:00PM
Queso Diego Officers meeting - free, open to all members
RSVP and location details:

A friendly reminder that guests and non-members are welcome at our monthly meetings. However, I highly encourage everyone bring something tasty to share and join as a member for only $20/year.

If you have any ideas for our meetings, social events, or concerns, I'm here to listen!

Alyssa Humbert
(pron: uh-LEE-shah)
2016 Queso Diego President
Queso Diego Newsletter Editor-In-Chief

Time to pay dues!

Please renew your Queso Diego membership with Sandy at our next meeting (Tuesday, July 19) via cash or check.

Remember, it's only $20/year for an individual or $30/year for a household membership. NEW members receive a Queso Diego tasting glass! Your dues help us pay for tasty cheeses at every meeting and membership gains you discounts at our sponsor locations!

Renew anytime via PayPal:

Next meeting: July 19

The July meeting of Queso Diego will include a presentation on the Cheeses of Israel, by Curt Wittenberg, who recently completed a trip through the region.  We will also be honoring the winners of the SD Fair homemade cheese competition and discussing the winning cheeses. 

Queso Diego July Meeting
Tuesday, July 19 @ 6:30PM
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

We'll be in a room off to the side of the Tasting Room - you can enter through an exterior door on the left of the main entrance. Meetings are free, but we highly recommend bringing something tasty to share and joining as a member for $20/year. Please bring a chair to sit on. Outside alcohol is not permitted.

Please RSVP using this form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:

June meeting recap: Sweet & Savory Cheesecakes

June was a delicious event! Who knew one could get sick of cheesecake?! 
Members got creative with their cheesecake creations, bringing both sweet and savory cheesecakes! 

Colleen's curry lemon cheesecake with mango ginger chutney topping was a HIT, even though it was her first ever homemade cheesecake!

Chris Banker made a Banana Cheesecake that was so delicious and refreshing on the first day of Summer!

Laura Henschen's ricotta cheesecake was every bit as delicious as it was beautiful!

Jenne's mini green pea and mint cheesecakes were both unique AND tasty!

Alyssa's Savory Carrot Cheesecake was proof that cheesecake CAN be served as a main course!

Curt's Baked Blue Cheesecake came from the challenging NOPI Restaurant Cookbook and served alongside pickled beets was well worth Curt's efforts!

Don't be fooled by the tiny size of these savory cheesecakes that Lesley brought - they were BIG on flavor and so delicious!

Jenne's Apricot Habanero mini cheesecakes were popular! The base was a plain cheesecake that she modified and the heat can be adjusted to your taste!

Congratulations to the 2016 San Diego County Fair Homemade Cheese Competition Winners!

On Friday, June 24, the San Diego County Fair had its annual Homemade Cheese Competition! Several Queso Diego members tossed their cheeses into the ring to be judged and several walked away with multiple ribbons! 

Here are the results:

Firm Cheeses
1st - Heather Hughes
2nd - Tony Edwards
3rd - Tony Edwards
4th - Chris Kassick

Soft Cheeses
1st - Jessica Voyteck
2nd - Christina Ng
3rd - Clifford Slatten
4th - Clifford Slatten
5th - Jessica Voyteck

Feta Cheeses
1st - Samuel Manis
2nd - Samuel Manis
3rd - tie: Tony Edwards and Heather Hughes

Blue Cheeses
1st - Tony Edwards
2nd - Tony Edwards

1st - Alyssa Humbert
2nd - John Peters
3rd - Alyssa Humbert
4th - M. Hudson
5th - Samuel Manis

Other category:
Tony Edwards 
Samuel Manis

Meet the winners at July's Queso Diego meeting where they might disclose some of their award-winning tips!

September Homemade Cheese Show & Tell

For our September meeting, we invite everyone to bring a homemade cheese! It's time to show off what you've learned from attending meetings and classes by Queso Diego, and get feedback on your cheeses! Whether quick and simple (ricotta, mozzarella, chevre), or complex cheeses aged for a long time (get started now!), we're a cheese-MAKING club, so show us what you've got!

September 20, 6:30PM
Queso Diego September meeting - free, membership is $20/year
Homemade Cheese Show & Tell
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

RSVP here:

Cheese Recipe of the Month

Fire up the grill for this Summery Cherry Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Pizza! Fresh corn gives you the sweet taste of Summer, and it uses 2 types of cheese, what are you waiting for?!

Writers needed

We're 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:

Thanks to our amazing club Officers:

Alyssa Humbert

Vice President
Earl Itrich

Chuck West

Don Rutherford

Membership Chair
Sandy McCampbell

IT Chair
Chris Banker

Curt Wittenberg

To contact all of us with questions, concerns, suggestions, email us at:
Upcoming Events

July 6, 6:00PM - 7:30PM 
Amazing Americans - $50
Venissimo Del Mar 
2650 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
Tickets here:

July 7, 7:00PM
Queso Diego Officers Meeting - free, all members welcome
Bring something tasty to share!
RSVP here to obtain address:

July 10, 1:00PM
Class 3: Brie - $30
Ascension Lutheran Church
5106 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120

July 12, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Tuesday in New England - $30
Venissimo North Park (in Bottlecraft)
3007 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
Tickets here:

July 13, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Beer & Cheese Pairing Principles by Smallgoods Cheese & Provisions
Council Brewing
7705 Convoy Court
San Diego, CA 92111
RSVP here:

July 14, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Bastille Bash - $50
Venissimo Downtown SD
789 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets here:

July 16, 1:00PM
Spain: Wine & Cheese Pairing by Smallgoods Cheese & Provisions
The Flight Path
1202 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
RSVP here: 619-709-1202 or

July 18, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Get to Know Cheese
Venissimo Liberty Station
2820 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Tickets here:

July 19, 6:30PM
Queso Diego July meeting - membership is $20/year
Honoring the 2016 San Diego County Fair's Homemade Cheese winners
Cheeses of Israel by Curt Wittenberg
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

July 20, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Whisky & Cheese by Venissimo - $60
Edgewater Grill
861 West Harbor Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets here:

July 28, 2:00PM
French Cheese Concierge by Venissimo - $25
Warwick's Books
7812 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Tickets here:

July 28, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wine World Wonderlust - $60
Venissimo Del Mar
2650 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
Tickets here:

August 16, 6:30PM
Queso Diego August meeting - free, membership is $20/year
Presentation by Celyne Coulon of Isigny Ste-Mere and Jonathan McDowell of Aniata Cheese Company
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
RSVP here:

September 20, 6:30PM
Queso Diego September meeting - free, membership is $20/year
Homemade Cheese Show & Tell
AleSmith Brewing Company
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
RSVP here:
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La Jolla Open Aire Market
7335 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Curds and Wine
7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92111
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Brothers Provisions
16451 Bernardo Center Road. 
San Diego, CA 92127
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Custom orders available!

Bottles & Wood
5039 Shawline Street
San Diego, CA 92117
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The Cheese Store
1980 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
Get 10% off your purchase with your Queso Diego membership (15% off food during happy hour)

Bice Ristorante
425 Island Ave. 
San Diego, CA 92101
Thank you to Peter Zien, the owner of AleSmith, and his amazing employees for generously letting us use their space for our meetings!
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