Two years after John announced on our honeymoon that he wanted to quit his job and "do something in cheese," we unlocked the front door to our very own cheese shop on February 11, 2010. We've been asked many times since, "Why a Cheese Shop?" and the answer is simple. After putting ourselves through cheese bootcamps, running a cheese club out of our house, attending cheese conferences, interning for French affineur Herve Mons, journeying through Europe, and eating our way through thousands of tasty cheese morsels, we honed in on our true passions: eating, talking, traveling, and spending time together. Over a bottle of wine one evening, we realized that working behind a cheese case would bring them all together.
Coppa! Bresaola! Salami! The list goes on.... Join us for Meat Class! We are thrilled to welcome Christiano Creminelli of Creminelli Fine Meats all the way from Utah! The Creminelli family had been handcrafting artisanal charcuterie in Italy since the 1600s, until Christiano brought the business with him to America in 2007. Don't miss this rare opportunity to talk cured meats with the first Northern Italian regional recipient of Slow Food's Artisanal Excelence award! We'll walk you through a tasting of their cured meats, depending on availability. The tasting will be accompanied by bites of cheese (pasteurized and unpasteurized), olives, nuts, and Easy Tiger bread. We'll also bring out a number of additional pairings like jams and chutneys, depending on that evening's selection. Expect to not only taste some excellent charcuterie but to learn about the history of La Quercia and hear about other hot topics affecting the glorious world of artisanal charcuterie production in the United States!
Please note: Doors open at 6:45pm and the event starts at 7:00pm. You may choose to arrive early and separately purchase our wine or beer pairings from the Cheese Shop prior to the class the day of the event. Should you choose to bring your own wine or beer, there is a $4 set-up fee. As the tasting wraps up around 8pm, we'll give you and your guests time to mingle and enjoy the Cheese House, while we cut-to-order any meat or cheese from the class that you'd like to purchase so you can re-create the tasting at home. Personal delivery directly to your chair. Does it get any better than that?
A couple RSVP reminders: Each class is $40 (plus processing fees). Once you click to purchase tickets, you will only have 5 minutes to complete your order. To pay with a gift card, click "show other payment options" under the "Order Now" icon. You will be contacted shortly thereafter for the gift card number; once received, your ticket purchase will be processed and confirmed. Once purchased, tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to other dates. You will receive a confirmation email which you should bring along with you on class night. We allow individuals to purchase up to 4 seats (if your party is larger, contact us for information on private parties and tastings!). Please note that we are not able to guarantee seating together for groups larger than four. If you're unable to purchase a ticket, please sign up for our waitlist (once per person); we are often able to accommodate guests off this list. Lastly, remember that you can come into the Cheese Shop anytime and taste cheese for free. Our cheesemongers are here to guide you through the case and answer any questions.