Queso Diego June Meeting Announcement

The June Queso Diego meeting will focus on Cheesecakes – both sweet and savory. Cheesecakes can take many forms – as appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We will discuss and share all types of cheesecakes. We encourage attendees to think outside the box and bring a unique cheesecake to share. Alternatively, you may bring accompaniments and non-alcoholic beverages to share as part of the gathering.

Queso Diego June Meeting
Tuesday, June 21 @ 6:30PM
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126
Check out these links for interesting and creative cheesecake recipes:
Bacon Cheesecakes
Cheesecake Recipes You’d Give Anything to Eat
Layered Vegetable Cheesecake
4 Savory Cheesecakes recipes
20 Cheesecakes to Dream About
Savory Cheesecake with Roasted Vegetables
Basil and Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Mushroom, Spinach & Gruyere Cheesecake

Please RSVP using this form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oz3yEa9mQ9qcgBvjuix1ccWYO1fs10l3qOPtuf4_o1U/viewform

As always, meetings are free, but please bring something tasty to share (no outside alcohol allowed) and consider joining as a member for only $20/year. Please bring your own chair to sit on!

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Queso Diego May Meeting Announcement

The May Queso Diego Meeting will focus on Entering Cheese into the SD Fair. We will discuss the competition, judging, categories, entry requirements, and provide some tips for maximizing your chances of taking home some ribbons and prizes. Feel free to bring cheeses to be evaluated by some of our experienced club members.

Queso Diego May Meeting
Tuesday, May 17 @ 6:30PM
AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

We will 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 as soon as possible so we can get an accurate headcount! RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1BVhzoEvhwIm0KDATBdgKq3nR-rqcN1kwLoSfHp8iBVY/viewform

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Queso Diego April Meeting Announcement

April is Grilled Cheese Month and we’ll be celebrating with our annual Grilled Cheese Meeting on April 19! You won’t want to miss this delicious event!

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

Please adhere to the following guidelines to accommodate our new space:

Only propane cooking units allowed – NO electric cooking stoves/presses
We need as many propane stoves/grills as possible, please indicate in the RSVP if you can bring yours (with propane included)

We will have separate tables set up for: cooking, prep/ingredients, food/serving, and a gluten-free table (Jeffree is bringing a gluten-free loaf of bread)
If you have a portable table, please bring it – we need as many surfaces as we can!

You can bring the ingredients for a pre-planned recipe, or you can just bring a single ingredient to share and mix-and-match once you arrive at the meeting
We ask that you bring ingredients and prep/cooking supplies to cook 2-3 sandwiches
Cooks will be rotating, so that once you’ve finished grilling, please allow someone else to use your cooking space
Cook 2-3 sandwiches and cut into 6+ pieces each, depending on the size/structure – You won’t be slaving over the stove all night, so don’t be afraid to jump in!
Please prep as much as possible (chopping, mixing, marinating) and bring extra – caramelized onions, roasted peppers, sliced cheeses, meats, sliced fruits/veggies, spices, etc.

If you don’t plan to cook, please bring food to share or ingredients for the cooks to use
Non-members and Guests are allowed – No admittance without food to share or an ingredient to use! :) We ask that non-members and guests join for only $20/year

Please RSVP the supplies you can bring:
Tables
Propane cook stove
Propane
Food
Ingredients – meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, BUTTER, salt/pepper, Nutella, herbs, bread, etc
Knives
Cutting boards
Skillets/Pans
Platters
Spatulas/Tongs

RSVP HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bLZi3X-oCm5QPVaCdjK0x1nlA8O1T8KHhH-eOh4ASsE/viewform

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Queso Diego March Meeting Announcement

The March meeting

will focus on bloomy rind cheeses, presented by Don Axe. We would love it if you bring a homemade or storebought bloomy rind cheese to share! (Other goodies are also welcome!)

This meeting will be held at 6:30PM on Tuesday, March 15, at AleSmith Brewery
9990 AleSmith Court
San Diego, CA 92126

We will 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 as soon as possible so we can get an accurate headcount! RSVP here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZYQCYK64xrMxLJRMN4GqfExgDJ1bLECAImQ5Xe4StdM/viewform

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Queso Diego February Meeting Announcement

The February Queso Diego meeting will focus on Mediterranean Cheeses, presented by Chris Banker. We will explore the wide variety of unique cheeses that are traditionally made in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on many of the lesser-known cheesemaking areas. Many of these cheeses are very conducive to being made at home, and we will have a lot of information about how to make them yourself.

This meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tuesday February 16th at AleSmith Brewery – 9990 AleSmith Ct, San Diego (http://www.alesmith.com).

VENUE NOTES: Please note that this is a new venue for us and some of the logistics are different than past meetings. We will need to bring our own chairs, so please bring a folding chair. If you have a folding table you are able to bring, please also consider bringing it. AleSmith has a great selection of their beers available and due to license restrictions, AleSmith cannot allow outside alcohol to be brought in. Please refrain from bringing outside beer, wine, and homebrew to the event. Cheese and food are still fine, so please consider bringing something to share. See additional notes below.

Please RSVP using the link below as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HtSqlBsjhVnfG0-ZP1GAm2sGF-ey-T-MmhZprWNebWs/viewform

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Information on the venue change:

The Queso Diego Board of Officers has been hard at work securing a new location for our 2016 meetings. Our new VP, Earl Itrich, has been working with AleSmith Brewery and has succeeded in obtaining our space with them for our meeting this month!

More from Earl:
As many of our members are aware our previous meeting host, Bill Tall of City Farmers Market, is having health difficulties which necessitates relocating our meeting place. Our best thoughts and wishes are for his speedy recovery.

It is not particularly easy to find a replacement venue to host our gathering, with its requirements for a larger group, for food sharing and slide show presentations. Peter Zien of AleSmith Brewing stepped forward offering space in his facility for us to continue meeting. Perhaps unknown to many is that the third phase of construction at the location scheduled for this summer is to include offices, a Museum to Tony Gwynn, and CheeseSmith, a cheese creamery and retail store. Peter has training and several years’ experience in cheese making, and is bringing that passion to commercial fruition.

So, during our meetings we will have access to world award-winning brews, and ultimately to varieties of cheeses we may not find anywhere else! Not to mention the opportunity to have Peter and his crew talk to us about various aspects of cheese making and perhaps to conduct tours. How cool is that?

So, starting with our next meeting on February 16th, we will meet at AleSmith (the new location).

Here is some information you will need:

The new AleSmith location is at 9990 AleSmith Court. This is accessed from Miramar Road—AleSmith Court used to be called Empire St., and is the first traffic light east of the Pyramid. It is a T intersection, so you can only turn north, travel a half block, and end up driving directly into AleSmith’s parking lot. It’s really big—you can’t miss it!

Entrances: There is a big patio with access to the Tasting Room, an office door near the front corner of the building into the merchandise store, and there will be an open door on the south side of the building near the store with a Queso Diego sign posted. You can use any of the entrances, but may find it more convenient to use our side entrance and make your way to the tasting room from inside the building.

Seating: none at this time. Unless we want to sit on concrete or stand, we all need to bring our own folding chairs, campstools, beach chairs, etc. The Board is trying to provide enough tables for food, but feel free to bring one if you have it.

Restrooms: there are two sets of restrooms available for us; one in the merchandise store, and another by the north end of the patio.

Alcohol: Sorry—the state agency (ABC) has determined that AleSmith’s liquor license doesn’t allow (making it illegal) to bring in any form of alcoholic beverage and drink it on premises. If that happens and it is caught, then AleSmith can have their license suspended or revoked, putting them out of business. This prohibition means we cannot jeopardize Peter’s business by sneaking in wine, homebrew, etc. If some of us can’t find anything at the tasting room bar to quench our thirst, then in the future it would be legal for AleSmith to order commercial wine from a distributor, and sell it at a cash bar. Don’t blame AleSmith—it’s the government protecting us from ourselves again. ‘Nuff said.

Through AleSmith, we will be able to continue making presentations with a projector, to be broadcast on a large white wall. It should be easier to be seen by more people.

Due to liability issues, we have been asked that no one wander around the brewhouse at will. The only way to check out the impressive beer production facility is by appointment and with an AleSmith employee. Thanks for understanding.

All in all, this move looks to be a win-win for the club and eventually for AleSmith. So, come and enjoy the first meeting in our new location February 16th!

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Queso Diego November Meeting Announcement

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:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yAPmnZ_fTTz21MRrZUZWi8UjTIquBDHn-PclgywOq2k/viewform

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!

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