Thursday, May 26, 2011

This Week's Warehouse Tasting

There are only a few things better than a three day weekend and those are free money and shoulder rubs from Brad Pitt. Of those options, Memorial Day is probably the most realistic thing we've got going for us so we're pulling out all the stops this week.

We've selected a variety of cheeses that we think would be good for picnics or as burger building material. Bosque burgers, anyone?

As for picnic cheeses, it doesn't get better than Mt. Tam from Cowgirl Creamery in San Francisco. The dairy's signature cheese is as buttery as it is elegant and a great sharing cheese since it's such a crowd pleaser.

For your sandwich needs, we're featuring two Texas blue cheeses: Pure Luck Dairy's Hopelessly Blue and the Veldhuizen's Bosque Blue. The Hopelessly is the milder of the two, but both would be fantastic with some caramelized onions on a juicy beef patty. We'll also have Paragon, a sharp, cheddar reminiscent cheese, and Scamorza, which are both delectable on a burger.

Hope to see you this week! As always, the warehouse doors will be open Friday 3pm-6:30pm and Saturday 10am-2pm.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

This Week's Warehouse Tasting

All our favorite television shows are winding down for the summer (farewell, Glee!) and the world is in turmoil. We need some cheese. Join us?

While we usually have the Pure Luck chevre on hand, this week we're featuring the dairy's version of St. Maure on the cheese plate. The curd is formed into a cylinder, then coated with ash and a white bloomy mold. Mild at the center but with a distinctive tang, St. Maure intensifies as it ages.

Funny story behind SarVecchio Parmesan: It was born when a group of laid-off Kraft cheesemakers decided to start a cheesemaking co-op in Wisconsin. The best domestic parmesan we've tasted, it is carefully aged until it reaches the right crumbly firmness and delicious nuanced flavor. The co-op has since been bought by a larger company, but the cheese quality remains.

You can also expect the Veldhuizen's Redneck Cheddar, a sheep milk blue and a few others. Hope to see you this weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Speak Cheesy #2: Grilled Cheese at Grand Prize

Welcome to the Speak Cheesy! We plan on hosting a different cheese-related event every month and would love for you to join our little club. Last month we snacked on Raclette at 13 Celsius. This month--next Wednesday, in fact--we're hitting Grand Prize Bar in the Museum District to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

Choose between Granbury Gold with sliced tomatoes and basil or a triple cream Brie with blueberry sage jam, on challah or Harvest bread. Sandwiches are $6 a piece, the bartenders make some killer specialty cocktails (and open a cold beer with similar ease) and we'll be set up outside so everyone can mingle.

The details, in short:
Wednesday, May 25 8pm-10pm
1010 Banks St.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This Week's Warehouse Tasting

You, too, could be enjoying this melted Swiss classic in your own home! Pictured left, Elizabeth is scraping some toasted Reading Raclette onto bread for an afternoon snack. We used this Vermont cheese at our recent Raclette event, and we'll be featuring it again this weekend at the warehouse. The last time we had it on our cheese plate, people seemed to really enjoy it not-melted but we'll be sure to talk toasting+serving methods with you if you're interested!

Bellwether Pepato, an Italian-style sheep milk cheese studded with peppercorns, will also make an appearance and it's delicious shaved over salad or pasta. We'll also have extra-rich, triple-cream Mt. Tam from Cowgirl Creamery on hand and suggest you BYOSW (Bring Your Own Sparkling Wine) because that makes the cheese divine.

Speaking of wine, now that it's approaching summer we've had a lot more people come by on Fridays for our makeshift happy hour. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, booze and snacks of your own to go with your cheese and spend some time with us in the evening!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Blue Heron Farm French Country Lunch

Warning: this post might induce cute overload. We celebrated May Day with Blue Heron, the goat dairy where we get our cajeta, by joining up for an outdoor lunch at their farm in Waller, Texas. Revival Market provided a delicious array of cured meats and pate and Slow Dough Bread Co. sent the baked goods. It was a beautiful afternoon and we got to cuddle a lot of baby goats. Check out some pictures below and sign up for our newsletter to hear about all our upcoming events!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

This Week's Warehouse Tasting

You know what's great for Mother's Day? Eating cheese in a bubble bath. What? We'd do it. This week we have cheeses both indulgent and pretty, perfect for gift giving.

You may remember the Sweetgrass Dairy Lumiere, a soft-ripened goat's milk cheese with French grapevine ash, from when we last had it around Valentine's Day. This creamy cheese is ideally paired with sparkling wine. It is a gorgeous dusted gray and white--not to mention it's heart-shaped.

The Capricious from Achadinha is another aged goat cheese and was named one of Saveur's 50 favorite cheeses from the U.S. back in 2005. We'll also be offering cut-to-order slices of Barely Buzzed rubbed with ground coffee and French lavender, which means you'll conveniently have flowers and cheese covered in one go. Burrata and Pure Luck Chevre are also in the house, so see you this Friday and Saturday!

Cows in Repose on Veldhuizen Family Farm. Dublin, TX