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Queso Diego March 2017 newsletter with meeting RSVP link inside
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Upcoming: March Queso Diego Meeting

The March meeting of Queso Diego will feature a presentation by Jeffree Itrich on Irish cheeses.
 
Starting with this meeting, we are now allowed to share homemade alcoholic beverages (homebrew beer, wine, cider, mead) at our meetings at AleSmith.  We are still not permitted to bring outside commercial alcohol. Please remember to bring your own tasting glass.

Queso Diego March Meeting
Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30PM
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

We have been temporarily moved into a production area of the brewery until their conference meeting room is completed. It is an area that may be cooler than our previous location, so plan on layered clothing or a light outerwear jacket.
Enter through the Tasting Room (our old side door entrance is gone), go near the Gwynn Museum and Barrel Speakeasy: look for the double doors and follow the Queso Diego signs.
Please bring a chair to sit on and your own tasting glass for sharing libations. Per the new law we can share our homebrew beer, wine, cider and mead; but we cannot bring in other commercial libations to the meeting. However, we will have full access to the Tasting Room to replenish our beers during the meeting.

Meetings are free, but we highly encourage bringing something tasty to share (including homemade and store-bought cheeses), and joining as a member for only $20/year.

Please RSVP using this form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiuugkb5wmiueha8nXsJ1oUOS9P-qCPoFqxl8DrBm_XIH7Qw/viewform


Homebrew allowed at Queso Diego meetings

Good news: Due to new law AB 2172, homebrew is now permitted at Queso Diego meetings! The bill, effective January 1, 2017, allows homemade alcohol inside local breweries, brew pubs, and restaurants. “This law will allow California homebrewers to congregate at the most convenient and logical places: their local craft breweries.” says Karsten Leone, President of the California Homebrewers Association.

The California Homebrewers Association worked with Santee Assemblyman Brian Jones to get this bill through the California Legislature. “I am thrilled that this bill has gone through the legislative process with bi-partisan support for our local homebrewers and their club members,” said Assemblyman Brian Jones in a statement about AB 2172. 

You are now allowed (and encouraged!) to bring homebrewed beer, cider, wine, and mead to our monthly Queso Diego meetings. This is especially good news for our many QUAFF friends and members who homebrew!

To cut down on waste, please be sure to bring your tasting glasses to our monthly meetings. We also sell our Queso Diego tasting glasses for $5/each, or get one free when you pay to become a new member for only $20/year.

Don't forget that you still get 10% off the AleSmith Tasting Room when you present your current and valid Queso Diego membership ID.

Interested in homebrewing? Be sure to show your current and valid Queso Diego membership ID when you shop at Curds & Wine for 10% off your cheesemaking and homebrewing supplies!

 
Please note: We are still not permitted to bring outside commercial alcohol. 


Queso Diego at the 3rd Annual Fermentation Festival

By Lisa Chamberlain

San Diego, CA - The 2017 fermentation festival was held at San Diego Waterfront Park along the harbor in downtown San Diego.  Queso Diego’s booth volunteers got off to a slightly rocky start, as the festival organizers apparently forgot about us, but we were ultimately saved by the owners of Curds and Wine who graciously allowed us to use a bit of extra space next to them.  From then on we had a lovely day of rotating shifts talking about our club and cheese making in general with festival attendees.  Over 50 people signed up to hear more about Queso Diego, hopefully some will visit us and share in our love of cheese!  





The fermentation festival had a whole lot of kombucha sellers in the main area, along with booths selling equipment for fermenting anything from sauerkraut to kefir.  An “Ambrosia Garden” had samples of many interesting alcoholic beverages beyond the offerings of local breweries, including mead, cider, and “hard kombucha”.  A large tent was also set up for a series of talks, with many illustrious speakers including our own Brian Trout.  



It was a lovely day, and hopefully next year will be just as nice!


Queso Diego Cheesemaking Series 2017

Did you know that Queso Diego offers cheesemaking classes? If you haven't tried making your own cheese, what are you waiting for? This is, after all, a cheese making club!

April 23 - Yogurt and Yogurt Cheese
June 25 - Soft Farm Cheese or Ricotta
August 27 - Goat Cheese (Chevre)
October 22 - Brie

Ascension Lutheran Church
12noon to 3:00PM
5105 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120

You must pre-register by paying $35 via PayPal to: donaldrutherford@hotmail.com
Or pay in person to Don Rutherford at the Queso Diego meetings.

Everything is provided, just bring yourself! Class size is limited to the first 12 who pre-register. If you register you are committed to pay even if you cancel! Exception - if there is a wait list.


Cheese Recipe of the Month

Don't forget that next month is National Grilled Cheese Month! To get ready, practice making this Guinness Irish Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon on St. Patrick's Day so you're ready for next month's grilled cheese meeting!


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: newsletter@quesodiego.org

Thanks to our amazing club Officers:

President
Earl Itrich
president@quesodiego.org

Vice President
Curt Wittenberg

Treasurer
Chuck West
treasurer@quesodiego.org

Secretary
Lisa Chamberlain

Membership Chair
Larry Stein
membership@quesodiego.org

IT Chair
Chris Banker
cbanker@quesodiego.org

Historian
Kristin Pearey
historian@quesodiego.org

Quartermistress
Joanne West

Education Coordinator
Don Rutherford

Newsletter, Editor-in-Chief
Alyssa Humbert
newsletter@quesodiego.org

To contact all of us with questions, concerns, suggestions, email us at: officers@quesodiego.org
Upcoming Events

View our updated calendar here: http://quesodiego.org/calendar/

March 8, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Spanish Queso - $50
Venissimo Downtown
789 West Harbor Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92101
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-08-spanish-queso-san-diego

March 9, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Artisanal Bread & Cheese - $50
Prager Brothers Bakery
5611 Palmer Way
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-09-artisanal-bread-cheese-carlsbad

March 11, 11:00AM - 3:00PM 
Spanish Tapas tasting - FREE
Venissimo Del Mar
2650 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
No reservation required, just stop by! More info here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-11-spanish-tapas-tasting-del-mar

March 11, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Cheesemaking Fundamentals - $75
Curds & Wine
7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Buy tickets here: http://www.curdsandwine.com/products/cheesemaking-class/cheesemaking-fundamentals-class-saturday-march-11-2017

March 13, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Chef Showcase - $50
Firefly at The Dana
1710 W Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-13-chef-showcase-the-dana

March 14, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Tuesday in NorCal - $30
Venissimo North Park, in BottleCraft
3007 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-14-tuesday-in-norcal-north-park

March 15, 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Charcuterie & Cheese - $50
Angel's Salumi & Truffles
5621 Palmer Way, Suite B
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-15-charcuterie-cheese-carlsbad

March 16, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Whisky & Cheese - $60
Edgewater Grill, Seaport Village
861 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-16-whisky-cheese-san-diego

March 17, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Cheese Concierge - $25
Warwick's Books
7812 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-17-cheese-concierge-la-jolla

March 18, 2:00PM
Emmentaler Cutting - FREE
Venissimo Liberty Station
2820 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106
More info here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-18-emmentaler-cutting-liberty-station

March 18, 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Beer & Cheese - $55
Coin Haus
8361 Allison Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-18-beer-cheese-la-mesa

March 20, 6:00PM - 8:00Pm
Curd is the Word - $50
Venissimo Liberty Station
2820 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, CA 92106
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-20-curd-is-the-word-liberty-station

March 21, 6:30PM
March Queso Diego Meeting - FREE
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiuugkb5wmiueha8nXsJ1oUOS9P-qCPoFqxl8DrBm_XIH7Qw/viewform

March 23, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wonderful World - $60
Venissimo Del Mar
2650 Via de la Valle
Del Mar, CA 92014
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/03-23-wonderful-world-del-mar

March 25, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Cheesemaking Fundamentals - $75
Curds & Wine
7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
Buy tickets here: http://www.curdsandwine.com/products/cheesemaking-class/cheesemaking-fundamentals-class-saturday-march-25-2017

April 1, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Cheesemaking Fundamentals - $75
Curds & Wine
7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92111
Buy tickets here: http://www.curdsandwine.com/products/cheesemaking-class/cheesemaking-fundamentals-class-saturday-april-1-2017

April 4, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Trappist Beer & Cheese- $30
Venissimo North Park, BottleCraft
3007 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
Buy tickets here: https://venissimo.vendecommerce.com/class-schedule/products/04-04-trappist-beer-cheese-north-park

April 23, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Queso Diego Yogurt & Cheese Class - $35
Ascension Lutheran Church
5105 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Please pay $35 via PayPal to: donaldrutherford@hotmail.com

June 25, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Queso Diego Soft Farm Cheese or Ricotta Class - $35
Ascension Lutheran Church
5105 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Please pay $35 via PayPal to: donaldrutherford@hotmail.com

August 27, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Queso Diego Goat Cheese Class - $35
Ascension Lutheran Church
5105 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Please pay $35 via PayPal to: donaldrutherford@hotmail.com

October 22, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Queso Diego Brie Class - $35
Ascension Lutheran Church
5105 Zion Ave.
San Diego, CA 92120
Please pay $35 via PayPal to: donaldrutherford@hotmail.com
Get 10% off your purchase with your Queso Diego membership

Curds and Wine
7194 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 
San Diego, CA 92111
Get 10% off your purchase with your Queso Diego membership

Smallgoods Cheese & Provisions

Saturdays - Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market
8:00AM - 2:00PM
519 W Cedar St.
San Diego, CA 92101

Sundays - La Jolla Open Aire Market
9:00AM to 2:00PM
7335 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Get 10% off your purchase with your Queso Diego membership

Venissimo
Locations throughout San Diego County
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AleSmith
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

Thank you to Peter Zien, the owner of AleSmith, and his amazing employees for generously letting us use their space for our meetings!
Get 10% off your purchase with your Queso Diego membership

Brothers Provisions
16451 Bernardo Center Road. 
San Diego, CA 92127
Get 10% off your purchase with your Queso Diego membership

Bice San Diego
425 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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