Queso Diego Election Results

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Queso Diego elections. We are proud to announce our 2015 officers:

President – Brian Trout
VP – Omar Acosta
Treasurer – Chuck West
Secretary – Colleen Garrett
IT – Chris Banker
Membership – Sandy McIsaac
Historian – Ringo
Quartermaster – Bill Tall

We are looking forward to planning some exciting activities and meetings for 2015.

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Queso Diego November Meeting Announcement

Happy November Cheesers!

We have some exciting news for our November general meeting! This month we’ll feature 1st Place San Diego County Fair Cheese making Competition Winner, Peter Zien. Peter Zien is the owner of Medal-Winning SD Brewery AleSmith, and is moving towards running a local creamery aptly named CheeseSmith. His topic, “Beer-Washed Cheese and Belgian Ales”

Comes learn about beer washed cheeses. Peter will be bringing some very special beer-washed Cheeses and pairing them with Belgian Ales. He has mail-ordered some unique cheeses from Rodenbach, Chimay, and a German Creamery. Also, a new washed-rind cheese from Minnesota that is coated 3x with Surly Furious. He’ll be pairing these with some AleSmith and other Belgian-style brewery offerings.

Same bat time! Same bat channel! Date is set for Tuesday, November 18th, at City Farmer’s Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com) from 6:30-8:30. Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/?attachment_id=453

Nates Garden Grill (http://www.natesgardengrill.com/) on the grounds is now open, so please 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.

Members are always encouraged to bring cheeses and beverages to share (Homemade is always the best). If you want a theme, try to focus on Belgium.

Please bring your dues if not yet paid ($20 individual/$30 household). It is also possible to pay online through PayPal here: http://quesodiego.org/about/membership

Please RSVP using the following form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dFFWSXdYRW9NRnZ3QUY0d2FvemczVnc6MA#gid=0

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Queso Diego October Meeting Announcement

From Wheel to Plate! Join us for the October Queso Diego Cheeseup where we’ll celebrate the onset of Fall with Cheese Boards using harvest ingredients.

Using what we learned from the September meeting, all attendees are encouraged to plate their own Falltastic cheese creations! Please use your assigned harvest ingredient from our former event. If you weren’t there to receive an assignment, or have forgotten your ingredient, don’t fret! You can select a couple of harvest-themed ingredients to center a cheese spread around.

Cheese boards do not need to be large as there will be many to sample from!

Harvest Ingredient Suggestions:
– persimmons
– candied ginger
– butternut squash
– sweet potatoes
– baked apples
– pomegranate
– pumpkin
– spice
– everything nice

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, October 21st at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/?attachment_id=453

Nates Garden Grill (http://www.natesgardengrill.com/) on the grounds is now open, so please 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 using the following form as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGhPVWtKN0JkV0RkX1llay0wRkpnZnc6MA#gid=0

Agenda:

– Brief business meeting
– Share and enjoy harvest themed cheese plates

What to bring:

– Fall Cheese Plates with 1-2 harvest ingredients, seasonal accouterments, and beverage pairings
– 2014 Dues ($20 individual/$30 household), if not yet paid. It is also possible to pay online through PayPal here: http://quesodiego.org/about/membership

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Queso Diego September Meeting Announcement

Join us for the September installation of Queso Diego with a featured presentation on “The Art of the Cheese Board” led by President, Ringo Firefly. We’ll walk you through the do’s and don’ts of assembling your cheeses to include some top tips, favorite combos, and well-executed landscaping for your next party-perfect presentation. We promise it won’t be so intimidating after we cover a few basics. Come and see why the days of pre-sliced, waxy squares and toothpick-stabbed cubes are long behind us!

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, September 16th at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/?attachment_id=453

Nates Garden Grill (http://www.natesgardengrill.com/) on the grounds is now open, so please 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 using this link as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGZtajktSUVMYjRrS3lXMF9Zdzk0eUE6MA#gid=0

Agenda:

– Brief business meeting
– Intro to October meeting (harvest theme)
– Featured presentation on Cheese Plating

What to bring:

– 2014 Dues ($20 individual/$30 household), if not yet paid. It is also possible to pay online through PayPal here: http://quesodiego.org/about/membership

Looking forward to seeing all you Cheesers!

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Queso Diego August Meeting Announcement

Think beyond the blue box and Velveeta! The August Cheeseup will feature our beloved Mac n’ Cheese, the ultimate in comfort food! What’s better than a steaming hot bowl of pasta with melty #cheese to make you swoon? Whether topped with breadcrumbs or studded with lobster, decadent, healthy, or somewhere in between, come out to enjoy this timeless classic and explore this fascinating facet of cheese! Our meeting is set for next Tuesday, August 19th, and it’s going to be glorious!

Please note: We will not be preparing recipes on site! Instead, we kindly ask that you bring your ready-made Mac n’ Cheese recipes to the meeting. We highly encourage crock pots or alternative heating devices, as on-site ovens will be available for re-heating only.

We anticipate that this will be a largely attended meeting so please RSVP using the link below as soon as possible so that we can get an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dHRCY2dOWmVqR1BqU29aZDRYNUJTdWc6MA#gid=0

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, August 19th at City Farmer’s Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Please park on the street or in the overflow area: Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/?attachment_id=453

Please consider stopping by Nate’s Garden Grill on the grounds of City Farmers Nursery to grab a beer before or after the meeting. They have a great menu of fresh, local food and an extensive draft beer list.

Agenda:

– Brief business meeting
– Share Mac n’ Cheese recipes

What to bring:

– Ready-made Mac n’ Cheese recipes.
– 2014 Dues ($20 individual/$30 family), if not yet paid. It is also possible to pay online through PayPal here: http://quesodiego.org/about/membership/

Let’s get creative to celebrate one of our most perfect foods! All recipes, be they humble or haute, are welcome, our Mac n’ cheese-off knows no boundaries! See you next week for the cheese casserole wonderland!

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Queso Diego July Meeting Announcement

The July meeting of Queso Diego will be held on Tuesday, July 15. To start off the new membership year, we will have a presentation by Larry Stein on Cheesemaking Basics. Larry will cover a range of information from the basics of cheesemaking through more advanced topics.

This will be a presentation about cheese in general and how we turn milk into tasty goodness. We will go over some of the science behind the curds and review the various processes used in cheese making. The goal is to help you understand why you do certain things (washing curds, heating, cutting, etc.) so you can better understand what you’re doing and more easily follow the technical topics presented at meetings. We expect to provide a wealth of information for new cheesemakers, as well as some tips and technical details for more experienced cheesemakers.

Attendees are encouraged to bring any cheeses or beverages to share, and especially homemade cheeses.

In addition to the main topic, we will be presenting an intro to Mac ‘n Cheese in preparation for our August meeting.

July marks the beginning of the new membership year and we encourage everyone to renew their memberships in a timely manner. Dues will remain the same great value as previous years at $20 per person or $30 per household.

The meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Tues, July 15th at City Farmers Nursery (http://www.cityfarmersnursery.com). Map of parking and the meeting location: http://quesodiego.org/?attachment_id=453

Nate’s Garden Grill on the grounds of City Farmers Nursery is now open, 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 so we have an accurate head count:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDFkZ3lsaDFuRTlGM3RWUEsxSDdpUEE6MA#gid=0

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