Venissimo Cheese Shop and a Giveaway

Venissimo Cheese Shop and a Giveaway

Last week I was invited to attend a cheese making class at one of my favorite local cheese shops. Having lived in Switzerland and married to Mr. Cheese himself, I was frustrated with grocery store cheeses, until I found Venissimo. You can find litteraly any cheese, from anywhere, in this shop. Seriously, they have almost 2000 different cheeses on their shelves!!! I have a field day when I go in there! Do you know what the best part is, you can sample what ever cheese you would like!

Currently, Venissimo has three locations in San Diego County and one in Long Beach, and will be opening their fifth shop, where they plan on making cheese on site, at the new San Diego Public Market in 2013. They also sell cheese online with a rather large selection that can be shipped right to your door! This would seriously make an awesome Christmas gift to the foodie on your list!

You can really tell that the owner Gina, and her crew, have a passion for cheese. You can throw out pretty much any main ingredient or drink, and the Venissmo   crew can instantaneously pair it with the perfect cheese.

I love their attention to detail in the shop. For example, the Drunken Goat Cheese…with the drunken goat in front…classic. Even their receipts are chock full of information, giving detailed descriptions of the cheeses purchased as well as their pairings.

When I visited my local shop here in Del Mar, there was a mozzarella and ricotta making class being held. The class was held after hours, so there were no interruptions from incoming costumers. It was quaint and elegant.

The Venissimo staff put together beautiful tables, and complimented the guests with beautiful service. Throughout the class, there was never an empty glass!

The class itself was extremely informative and very interesting. The head cheesemaker, who is also a local chef and chocolatier, was excellent. I will go more in detail about the actual process tomorrow.

Now, on to the giveaway!!! Venissimo has kindly offered to give one of my readers a chance to make their own mozzarella and ricotta at home with a special kit!

To enter the giveaway:

Contest ends on November 7th, 2012 at 11:59 pm. Winner will be announced on November 8th, 2012. 

Leave a comment telling me what your favorite cheese is.

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27 Responses to Venissimo Cheese Shop and a Giveaway

  1. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea October 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    This is a tough one. My favorite cheese depends on my mood that day. So today, my mood is manchego. I love Venissimo! My only problem is that I don’t go there enough!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Emily @ She Makes and Bakes October 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    I have to choose just one cheese? I guess it would be mozzarella. I love that it can be used on so many things.

  3. Cecile October 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Asking a French person to pick just one cheese is like asking… well, a French person to pick just one wine 😛

    I’d have to pick at least three–one as a cooking ingredient, one just to snack on, and one for a cheese course. I’ll deal with the former in this post.

    One of my favorite cheeses to use when cooking is goat cheese–not a fancy Saint Maure or crottin though, just your average American grocery store log; I couldn’t stand “destroying” anything more sophisticated on the stove! I use it in dishes from potatoes au gratin to lentil salad or omelets. I think it provides the most perfect combination of creaminess and tartness to a plethora of recipes. Yum!

  4. Traci October 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Yay for cheese making! Still one of my fave nights with you mama. Too far away for the give away but just wanted to give a warm (cheese filled) fuzzy for this post.
    (And Comte is the best cheese hands down- 12 yr + aged Gruyere- nothing like it, try it the next time you go get cheese!)
    Wish we were making mozz and trick or treating tonight! Xoxo

    • The Seaside Baker November 1, 2012 at 4:06 am #

      Traci, the giveaway is open to all in the US! I agree with the Gruyere, but do you know that in Switzerland, the Gruyere is like their “kraft” cheese.

  5. Cecile October 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    Okay, so for my “snack” cheese, I have to say that I am a sucker for Jarlsberg. I don’t buy it often for budget reasons, but when I do I can’t make it last more than a couple days. It’s so delicious!! I like hard/semi-hard paste cheeses to munch on, because they don’t require bread or crackers like a brie or goat cheese. Jarlsberg and its French and Dutch cousins (like Fol’ Epi or Leerdammer) are just a mouthful of nutty goodness! I prefer a few bites of that over anything sweet when I get hungry between meals.
    Gosh, this made me want to go to the store and buy a slice.

  6. Cecile October 31, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    And now for my favorite cheese course cheese(s), I present: the Stinky Ones!
    My kids, though raised in the US, have definitely inherited my French genes when it comes to their love for pungent fromage… It’s great to be able to serve them a reeking assortment with a side of lamb lettuce and see their faces light up!!!
    Among our favorites: Maroilles, Epoisses, Munster, Brie de Meaux and Roquefort. Mmmmmm… My personal fave? Banon.

    We can’t find most of them here, but we certainly indulge when we go visit family across the Atlantic, and we may or may not occasionally receive care packages containing some cleverly hidden goodies.
    *Looks around the room innocently*

  7. Clare Foley October 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Going to have to stop in at Venissimo when we are in San Deigo in December! My favorite cheese is Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk. So smelly but so delicious!

  8. Clare Foley October 31, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    Going to have to stop in at Venissimo when we are in San Diego in December! My favorite cheese is Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk. So smelly but so delicious!

  9. Clare Foley October 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Also, I like Seaside Baker on Facebook!

  10. Clare Foley October 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    And I like Venissimo! Can you tell I want to win?!

  11. pattyabr November 1, 2012 at 2:29 am #

    check out my blog I made chèvre and will post about brie and marscapone next.

    I’d love to make mozzarella and ricotta next awesome!

  12. Debra Lee November 1, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    I just love Blue Cheese of any kind!

  13. Debra Lee November 1, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    I’m a subscriber!

  14. Debra Lee November 1, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    I’m a Facebook Fan!

  15. Debra Lee November 1, 2012 at 4:36 am #

    I like Venissimo on Facebook!

  16. happygrape2 November 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    There are many kind of cheese, I like mozzarella and goat cheese (sweet kind).

  17. Emily November 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    My absolute fave is smoked sharp cheddar, just for everyday snacking.

  18. Deriane Galina November 3, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    Goat cheese and smoked gouda.

  19. Ttrockwood November 5, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Cowgirl creamery’s triple cream is a favorite! I also love aged manchego and smoked cheddar..

  20. Ttrockwood November 5, 2012 at 2:35 am #

    Liked venissimo on fb (terri)

  21. Elena Vo November 6, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Brie and mozzarella! They are both creamy and delicious. I’d eat Muenster, too but Brie is definetely number 1 in my heart.

  22. Megan November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Oh, and I’m a Facebook fan of yours!

  23. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea November 6, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    And I “like” Venissimo on Facebook!

  24. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea November 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    And I “like” your page, too!

  25. MonkeyBreadandSweetPea November 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    And I’m a subscriber! 🙂

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