Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's weekend hours and cheeses

Happiness is a plate of magnificent artisan cheeses, some vino, and a bunch of great friends. And shouldn't we all be really freakin' happy as we ring in the new year?!

The Bloomy Rind is well stocked for all your get happy needs, including a few new goodies. Check out the full list below.

The stand will be set up Friday instead of Saturday this week. 10am - 2pm inside the Market House.

Oh, and thanks to some super cool technology, I'm now able to accept credit cards! (And speaking of credit cards, make sure you take advantage of AMEX's Small Business special.)

As always, if you have any questions or special requests, please drop me a note: kathleen(at)thebloomyrind(dot)com.


Soft cheeses
Stackhouse (Spinning Spider Creamery, NC)
Piccolo (Andante Dairy, CA) *new*
O'Banon (Capriole, IN)
Carolina Moon (Chapel Hill Creamery, NC)

Semi-soft cheeses
Cumberland (Sequatchie Cove Creamery, TN)
Old Kentucky Tomme (Capriole, IN) *new*

Firm cheeses
Apple Walnut Smoked Promontory (Beehive Cheese Co., UT)
Barely Buzzed (Beehive Cheese Co, UT)
Seahive (Beehive Cheese Co, UT)
Hickory Grove (Chapel Hill Creamery, NC)
Pleasant Ridge Reserve (Uplands Cheese Co., WI)

Harder, aged cheeses
Ascutney Mountain (Cobb Hill Cheese + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)
Browning Gold (5 Spoke Creamery, NY)
Butter Bound (Beehive Cheese Co, UT)
Thunder Mountain Swiss (Chapel Hill Creamery, NC)
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar (Cabot Creamery + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)

Blues
Echo Mountain Blue (Rogue Creamery, OR)
Bayley Hazen Blue (Jasper Hill Farm, VT)
Asher Blue (Sweet Grass Dairy, GA)
Dunbarton Blue (Roelli Cheese Haus, WI)


And delicious accompaniments...
Pine Street Market salami (GA)
Olive and Sinclair chocolate (Nashvegas!)
Emily G's Jam of Love preserves (GA)
Marcona almonds (Spain)
Basque 3 Olive Mix (France)

Free-cheese-o-rama

There are two opportunities this week for you to get your hands on some free cheese!

The first is a blog giveaway for one lucky winner. I've partnered with my pal and food blogger, Beth of Eat.Drink.Smile. to give a custom cheese plate away! Visit her blog for all the details and to enter. And soon!

The second chance for free cheese is open to anyone with an AMEX card. American Express is offering a $25 credit to folks who spend $25 or more on your card at a small business. This offer is only good through this Friday, December 31st, and you need to register your card on the AMEX website to take advantage of the offer. Also, I always recommend reading whatever fine print they post. But, as far as I can tell, once you register, come on by The Bloomy Rind this Friday between 10am and 2pm to get yourself $25 of cheese courtesy of American Express.

You get cheesy goodness. And you're supporting a cheese-shop-in-the-making. That, my friends, is a win-win!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Eat cheese and be merry!

Howdy 'Rinders,

I hope everyone's holiday season is off to a festive start. And, not surprisingly, I hope there is much cheese involved in said festiveness!

This weekend, The Bloomy Rind will be at the Farmers' Market twice for your cheese shopping pleasure. Friday evening (6-8pm) brings the return of Night Market. We'll be indoors so everyone will be comfy and cozy as they sip wine and pick out fabulous goodies from local growers, producers, and merchants. I know it's a busy time of year, so remember I'll have all the makings of the perfect cheese plate or food lover's gift on hand, ready to go!

We'll be doing regular Saturday hours as well, and there will be a guest cheesemonger! Stop by and say hello to Sarah. She's super sweet and passionate about cheese. 10am - 2pm inside the Market House.

As always, if you have any questions or special requests, please drop me a note: kathleen(at)thebloomyrind(dot)com.

See ya at the Market!

Cheers,
Kathleen



Here are this weekend's cheeses...

Browning Gold (5 Spoke Creamery, NY)
Tumbleweed (5 Spoke Creamery, NY)
Cumberland (Sequatchie Cove Creamery, TN)
Blackberry Farm Blue (Blackberry Farm, TN)
Thomasville Tomme (Sweet Grass Dairy, GA)
Asher Blue (Sweet Grass Dairy, GA)
Pleasant Ridge Reserve (Uplands Cheese Co., WI)
Bayley Hazen Blue (Jasper Hill Farm, VT)
Apple Walnut Smoked Promontory (Beehive Cheese Co., UT)
Hickory Grove (Chapel Hill Creamery, NC
Thunder Mountain Swiss (Chapel Hill Creamery, NC)
Butter Bound (Beehive Cheese Co, UT)
Barely Buzzed (Beehive Cheese Co, UT)
Weybridge (Scholten Family Farm + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)
Seahive (Beehive Cheese Co, UT)
O'Banon (Capriole, IN)
Green Hill (Sweet Grass Dairy, GA)
Ascutney Mountain (Cobb Hill Cheese + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar (Cabot Creamery + The Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT)
Echo Mountain Blue (Rogue Creamery, OR)


And delicious accompaniments...

Pine Street Market salami and coppa (GA)
Creminelli Fine Meats salami (UT)
Olive and Sinclair chocolate (Nashvegas!)
Emily G's Jam of Love preserves (GA)
Marcona almonds (Spain)
Basque 3 Olive Mix (France)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Cheeses and preserves and almonds, oh my!

Greetings 'Rinders,

I hope everyone had a lovely and stress free Thanksgiving! Hard to believe it's December, eh? It comes every year at the same time, yet it always seems to catch me off guard. And somehow, these four weeks seem to go faster than any other four weeks in the year. Am I right? Anyhoo, may the final four weeks of 2010 be fun and full of fabulous fromage!

As most of you hopefully know, I'm back at the Nashville Farmers' Market on Saturdays. In addition to the best darn cheeses around, I've been wrangling some goodies that are little matches-made-in-heaven for The Bloomy Rind's cheeses. On the short list are marcona almonds, olives, preserves, crackers, fig cake, Creminelli salami, and a couple other surprises.

Under the preserves category, I've been talking with a several small companies that I'm super excited about. Among them, I just placed an order with Emily G's out of Atlanta. Two gals started this small business and craft small batches of interesting, seasonal preserves that I can't wait to try. With any luck they will be here in time for Saturday's market. One of the others is a small company out of San Francisco called Blue Chair Fruit. A little farther from home, but I'm pretty sure it will love at first bite and worth a little extra shipping.

So where am I going with all these goodies, you ask? The big plan is to be able to offer you all the makings of the kickassinest cheese plates and gift baskets around. As the season o' holiday parties and gift giving rolls in, please keep the 'Rind in mind (oh yeah, I rhymed it) for all of your food-centric needs! I'm happy to throw out ideas or answer questions...just drop me a note, give me a shout, or stop by the market stand. My contact info is below.

As the season of eating is upon us, I think it's kinda cool to chip in to make sure we spread the eating around. To everyone. So, to that end, I'll be donating 5% of December's earnings to two local charities near and dear to my heart, Second Harvest Food Bank and Community Food Advocates. I hope you'll join me in supporting these - or any charities close to your heart. Middle Tennesseans are way too awesome to let anyone go hungry during this or any time of year!

So that about does it for the moment. More updates to come. No really, I swear. :)

I hope to see your smiling faces at the Market soon! Until then, be well.

Cheers,
Kathleen
kathleen(at)thebloomyrind(dot)com
429-9648