New Item: Antipasto Platter

March 7th, 2017

Our delicious antipasto platter easily feeds 8-10

If you want to make a great impression at your next get together, look no further than our brand new Antipasto Platter! It’s chock full of cheeses, nuts, meats & olives, and comfortably feeds 8-10!

To get yours, call or come into the shop, or order online here!


***SPECIAL*** March 10th Andrew’s Outside the Box Grilled Cheese and Beverage Pairing

March 2nd, 2017

Announcing a Grilled Cheese & Beer Night for all of the people who claim to not like beer!

We’re mixing it up a bit for a change!
We are having one night of our famous Grilled Cheese and Beer Nights for all of the people who claim to not like beer (I just think you haven’t met the right one yet).
This time, there will be no beer involved, but plenty of fantastic and unusual pairings. We’ll be trying:

• Perry (dry, sparkling, pear cider)
• Mead (honey wine)
• Cidra (tart, semi-sparkling Asturian Cider)
• Sour Cherry Wine (intense Danish specialty, think of a vintage Port)
• Hard Root Beer with our Ice Cream floats!

All will be paired with our famous Grilled Cheese recipes. The beverages are considerably more expensive than the beers we normally feature, but you will be our test group, so we will keep the price the same for this inaugural event.


March 17th Cheese 101 Course!

February 21st, 2017

Cheese 101 CourseIn our Cheese 101 Course, Andrew teaches the history, origin and the basics about cheese. We also have many of the most famous cheeses available to sample!
This class takes place Friday, March 17th at 7:30pm. The cost for the class is $40.00 (plus tax). The class is about 1 & ½ hrs. long, and Andrew will have you laughing the whole way through!
Super date idea, for you or your friends!
SEE YOU THERE!


March 24th Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

February 21st, 2017

Grilled Cheese & Beer

March 24th Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

This family-style event has been our most popular. Join us now and see what the excitement has been all about! The cost is $60 (plus tax) per person. We have now upgraded the event to have a tangy, zippy starter salad, four courses of our famous grilled cheeses (paired with four specialty beers), and an awesome, new dessert course of an Imperial Stout Float with French Vanilla Ice cream! The event sells out quickly, so check our calendar for upcoming dates, or email us to get on the list for the next event.
If you are interested in booking this event privately, please let us know and we’ll be happy to find a date and go over the details with you. The per person cost is the same and there is a $700.00 minimum for a private event. We are also now offering a premium event for $70.00 per person which switches out one of the beers for sparkling wine and we use super-premium beers for the others.
*NOTE: Please let us know if anybody in your party has any dietary restrictions.
**Due to the incessant flakiness of a small percentage of Los Angelenos, ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


March 31st Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

February 20th, 2017
March 31st Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

March 31st Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

This family-style event has been our most popular. Join us now and see what the excitement has been all about! The cost is $60 (plus tax) per person. We have now upgraded the event to have a tangy, zippy starter salad, four courses of our famous grilled cheeses (paired with four specialty beers), and an awesome, new dessert course of an Imperial Stout Float with French Vanilla Ice cream! The event sells out quickly, so check our calendar for upcoming dates, or email us to get on the list for the next event.
If you are interested in booking this event privately, please let us know and we’ll be happy to find a date and go over the details with you. The per person cost is the same and there is a $700.00 minimum for a private event. We are also now offering a premium event for $70.00 per person which switches out one of the beers for sparkling wine and we use super-premium beers for the others.
*NOTE: Please let us know if anybody in your party has any dietary restrictions.
**Due to the incessant flakiness of a small percentage of Los Angelenos, ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


February 24th Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

February 7th, 2017

By Popular Demand!
Just Announced the February 24th Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

This family-style event has been our most popular. Join us now and see what the excitement has been all about! The cost is $60 (plus tax) per person. We have now upgraded the event to have a tangy, zippy starter salad, four courses of our famous grilled cheeses (paired with four specialty beers), and an awesome, new dessert course of an Imperial Stout Float with French Vanilla Ice cream! The event sells out quickly, so check our calendar for upcoming dates, or email us to get on the list for the next event.
If you are interested in booking this event privately, please let us know and we’ll be happy to find a date and go over the details with you. The per person cost is the same and there is a $700.00 minimum for a private event. We are also now offering a premium event for $70.00 per person which switches out one of the beers for sparkling wine and we use super-premium beers for the others.
*NOTE: Please let us know if anybody in your party has any dietary restrictions.
**Due to the incessant flakiness of a small percentage of Los Angelenos, ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


Announcing the “All Right Already, You Win” Holiday Grilled Cheese & Beer Nights!

November 21st, 2016

both-gcnb-nights-december-2016Originally, I was going to give everyone a breather for the holidays, but it soon became quite apparent that nobody wants a break; they want holiday-themed Grilled Cheese & Beer Nights!

We’ll have new, unique and special pairings during both of these events — you won’t want to miss these!

 


 

December 9th Holiday Grilled Cheese & Beer Night Tickets

 

 


 

December 16th Holiday Grilled Cheese & Beer Night Tickets

 


By Popular Demand! Rocktoberfest Grilled Cheese & Beer Night on November 11th, 2016!

October 31st, 2016
Our Roktoberfest 2016 Grilled Cheese & Beer Night will feature seasonal Fall, Pumpkin & Oktoberfest Beers!

Our Roktoberfest 2016 Grilled Cheese & Beer Night will feature seasonal Fall, Pumpkin & Oktoberfest Beers!

First of all, Happy Halloween (I guess — I mean, most people celebrated it over the weekend, but what kind of guy would I be if I didn’t wish you a Happy Halloween on the actual calendar day commemorating it?)!
Anyway, by popular demand, we’ve scheduled another “Rocktoberfest Grilled Cheese & Beer Night” just like the one that we had at the shop on October 21.  There were A LOT of people who ended up on the waiting list for that one, so I’ve already given those people first dibs on the tickets, but now they’re available to everyone!
The reason this event was so popular was not only because I am a charming, witty, and accommodating host who makes the most unique and tasty open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches in the entire cosmos, but also because of the seasonal fall, pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers we served to compliment the aforementioned grilled cheeses.
You can click on any picture / image / link in this e-mail to get tickets to our November 11th Rocktoberfest in November Grilled Cheese & Beer Night.

 

Eventbrite - November 11th Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!


Rocktoberfest October 21st Grilled Cheese & Beer Night!

September 23rd, 2016
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Our Roktoberfest 2016 Grilled Cheese & Beer Night will feature seasonal Fall, Pumpkin & Oktoberfest Beers!

This family-style event has been our most popular. Join us now and see what the excitement has been all about! The cost is $60 (plus tax) per person. We have now upgraded the event to have a tangy, zippy starter salad, four courses of our famous grilled cheeses (paired with four specialty beers), and an awesome, new dessert course of an Imperial Stout Float with French Vanilla Ice cream! The event sells out quickly, so check our calendar for upcoming dates, or email us to get on the list for the next event.

If you are interested in booking this event privately, please let us know and we’ll be happy to find a date and go over the details with you. The per person cost is the same and there is a $700.00 minimum for a private event. We are also now offering a premium event for $70.00 per person which switches out one of the beers for sparkling wine and we use super-premium beers for the others.

*NOTE: Please let us know if anybody in your party has any dietary restrictions.

**Due to the incessant flakiness of a small percentage of Los Angelenos, ALL SALES ARE FINAL.


Is Cowgirl Creamery the new Budweiser? Probably Not.

May 18th, 2016

Big news just broke in the tiny world of California cheese. Swiss giant Emmi has just purchased Cowgirl Creamery. This, just months after they acquired Redwood Hill Farms, and a few years after the cheese world’s shocking purchase of Mary Keehn’s beloved Cypress Grove Chevre, makers of Humboldt Fog.

It’s not just small dairy producers, either.  Specialty meat supplier Niman Ranch is now owned by Purdue of all companies, and Lagunitas Brewing is now owned by Heineken.

I have mixed feelings about all of this, which would lead to a much larger discussion about the pros and cons of artisan companies being taken over by huge conglomerates. I will focus on the Cowgirls, with whom I am much more familiar, and a little on Mary Keehn, who I also know in passing. Peggy and Sue Peggy and Sue | Cowgirl Creameryare very nice people who care deeply about what they do and have built up a very successful local business that has expanded steadily over the past 20 years. They and Mary are largely responsible for putting the face of California cheese in the American marketplace as a whole. Mary’s story is a great one in which as a single mother, she decided to raise goats to produce more easily digestible milk for her children. She then started producing homemade cheeses from the excess milk, and built a cheesy empire from these humble beginnings. Most of you may be familiar with my opinions on the products made by these two companies. I think Humboldt Fog is a very good cheese. Great? Nope. Very good? Sure. We sell it proudly here in the shop. I think it’s a beautiful look to add to any cheese board; I think the flavors are consistently good; I love Mary’s story and she is a warm, kind person. I also believe that her Humboldt Fog is arguably the most important cheese produced in this country. Humboldt Fog sent a message to the Europhiles that we can also make stunning cheeses in this country. Now, some of the world’s greatest cheeses are made here in the USA (Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Winnimere, Rush Creek Reserve) and I’m not so sure that our artisan cheese movement would be where it is now without her pioneering efforts. When her company was bought by Emmi in 2010, my reaction was “Good for her!” It must have been like winning the lottery for her and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. I certainly noticed a drop off in quality after the change of ownership, but in Emmi’s defense, this was rectified very quickly and the quality is right back to where it always was.

Peggy and Sue (the Cowgirls) were very concerned about a dip in quality but after speaking with Mary, their feelings were put at ease. She assured them that nothing about production has changed. As for Emmi, they certainly have experience and they seem to know what to interfere with and what not to. They also agreed to keep Peggy and Sue on as President and Vice President of Cowgirl operations. The transition should be a smooth one. Now that Peggy and Sue are nearing retirement age, (good for them too) they also deserve this. I am less concerned about the direction of Cowgirl Creamery’s products for another reason though. I am not known as one to pull punches with my opinions. You may be aware that I do not sell anything produced by Cowgirl Creamery at Andrew’s Cheese Shop. I have nothing against them;
in fact, I quite like them and I think they run an outstanding operation. I find their products to be fun, but uninteresting and lacking in depth of flavor and complexity. They look pretty and with most of them being enriched products (triple-cremes), they have nice curb appeal and are tasty in the way that decent butter is tasty.Christy Caye, Assistant Manager and Head of Cheese I think the Cowgirs are great and make an excellent product for their demographic, I’m just not in their demographic, and I look for something else to sell in this shop. They make very good, beautiful cheeses that appeal to huge numbers of people who like the idea of a local product that is a huge crowd pleaser. If I were them, I would probably do the same. So, I’m not too concerned about a dip in quality for them, they know what they’re doing, they have a formula that works, and I can’t possibly imagine Emmi being so irresponsible as to make any significant changes.

Remember, Emmi was founded as a cooperative movement of farmers in Switzerland that was able to grow their resources by pooling together. They’re not corporate monsters and they produce some excellent products. Like almost everything, we have to look at things on an individual basis. It’s not intellectually fair to make sweeping claims before giving these companies a chance to show what they can do. Maybe they will run these companies into the ground in an effort to cut corners and slowly but consistently lower the quality of their products. I see no reason to believe that this is the case. I’m very happy that these passionate women seem to have had a bit of a financial windfall at this stage in their lives; they deserve that. Everyone in the American cheese industry owes them a debt. I’m glad they have been able to cash in.


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