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Curds & Whey – June 2009
Winter News

INDEX

Rebekah says…Winter sings its own tune of freshness

Read all about it!

Cheers Governor

Locals join SA Great – Hall of Fame 2009

Meet the grower and taste the region at Willunga Farmers Market

Welcome to the Alexandrina Team

Stockist of the Season - Mt Compass Venison

Savour a cheese plate, and sing your winter tune

Experience it for yourself at Blue’s Restaurant

New Stockist - Viva Sustainable Foods

New Stockist - First Froots

Cheese of the Season – Mt Magnificent Gouda

Merchandise - Wear the Alexandrina brand proudly!

Get Cheesey in October 2009!

Get Jazzy in January 2010!


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BlueBell's Birthday

Wednesday, 15th July

Cake Cutting 3pm!

Visit any day during the
School Holidays

Try our delicious
"Blu-Moo" Milkshakes

Alexandrina Cheese Co
OPEN EVERY DAY!

Weekdays 12-5pm,
Weekends 10-4.30pm

 

Alexandrina Cheese logoDear All,

Alexandrina Cheese Company is a place where winter sings its own tune of freshness.

Take a breath of fresh air this winter when you step out of the car at Alexandrina Cheese Company. This awarding winning tourism attraction is at its best in the winter-time, with jersey cows close by munching on pastures of green grass, and hand made hard style cheeses are being turned inside the maturation room.

Winter is a time where the whole of the Fleurieu Peninsula comes alive again. This is one of the busiest times of the year for farmers and producers alike. It also is a great time to don the winter woolies, including scarves and beanies for the trip to old, cool and blustery Mt Jagged, where the value adding farm is located, just 8 km south of Mt Compass. The family has been dairy farming at this location since 1973, and the cheese making tradition goes back over 107 years in Australia.

Locals are reporting it is the loveliest of winter-seasons for many years. The fields are just bursting with green grass, from when new clover and rye grass was sowed by farmer Dan McCaul in Autumn, and preparations are being made for the start of the new season.

You may notice as soon as you enter the Alexandrina Cheese farm gate that there is a different, more energetic step to the people, as they greet the warmth and brightness of the sun with the season of Spring close on hand. Hence, they know that Winter is a glorious time for man and beast alike. Not only for the visitor, but to see all homes & kitchens serving warm soups, stews and puddings topped with luxury dairy products such as Pure Jersey Cream and Crème Fraiche. Moreover, we would all agree the best part of winter is being able to cuddle up near the fire with a locally made cheese platter and a glass of locally pressed fortified wine. With pleasures such as these, we all know that Winter is the best time of all!

When visiting Alexandrina Cheese, Blue-Bell the large metal cow will give you a friendly wave as you enter the farm gate retail shop. Watch out for the tasty morsels that will greet you at the tutored tasting bench, and smell the hint of fresh coffee from the espresso machine and home-style baked ricotta cheesecake offered by friendly staff. Locals flock in droves for the infamous “Alexandrinashire Tea”, often served with a standard Jersey milkshake. Visitors enjoy milkshakes the traditional way, with adequate amounts of Jersey milk froth on top in an old fashion glass.

Make sure you cut out voucher attached to this enews. The reward will be for you and a friend to enjoy a free “Standard Jersey Milkshake” when you purchase another “Standard Jersey Milkshake”. A great time to visit is during school holidays, Alexandrina Cheese Company is open every day. Opening hours are on Weekdays from 12-5pm, and Weekends from 10am to 4:30pm. We look forward to seeing you at Alexandrina Cheese Company to sing your own tune of freshness during July.

For more information please contact the factory on T 8554 9666 or log into www.alexandrinacheese.com.au.

Enjoy amazing artisan cheeses from local Jersey dairy farm this winter,

Regards Rebekah McCaul
Marketing Manager, Alexandrina Cheese Company


Jersey Milk an udder delight in the Australian

Read all about it!

Thanks to Christine McCabe for the lovely article featured in The Weekend Australian, 11 & 12th April 2009.

Jersey milk an udder delight was a lovely article, probably the best we have read about our business, so far.

McCabe writes,

“Third-generation cheese maker McCaul, who learned the craft from his father, leads a family team, wife Krystyna (keeper of the family records; she names every cow to keep track of genetic lines) and daughter Rebekah. budding cheese maker and enthusiastic company ambassador, at this hilltop dairy near Mt Jagged. located near the coast and one of the coldest and wettest parts of South Australia.”

“Crucial to the company's success is McCaul's intimate knowledge of each cow and her particular qualities. ‘Unfortunately given the nature of our work I tend to recognise them best by their udders rather than their faces,’ Dan quips.”    Read the whole article, click here!


Cheers Governor!

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce and his wife Liz speak with Krystyna and Dan McCaul when visiting Alexandrina Cheese, 13 March 2009. At Alexandrina Cheese Company, we accepted a request from the Office of the Governor of South Australia His Excellency Kevin Scarce, for a visit in March 2009. His Excellency Kevin Scarce and his wife Liz proved to be absolutely charming guests and fans of Alexandrina Cheese already, with a few wedges of Cheddar destined for the kitchen at Government House.

His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce

Locals join SA Great – Hall of Fame 2009

SA Great logoRegional – Alexandrina Cheese were added to the SA Great Regional Award Hall of Fame on Friday April 17th 2009 in Adelaide. Alexandrina Cheese Company have won a sweep of awards, including the Business Award in 2002, Family Business 2004, and Small Business in 2005 and 2006, and Large Business in 2008 in the SA Great awards.

“We are very proud to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.” Dan McCaul said.

Further, “It is great to be recognized and we are very humble. We are appreciative of the local support from our staff, and the parochial South Australians that enjoy the product we produce”

Dan adds, “It could not be achieved without the local staff that show great dedication to produce our first class, quality products.”

The Regional Awards Hall of Fame unveiled 25 inductees in April 2009.

Nominations closed for the 2009 awards on June 12, to view a map of the regions, go to www.sagreat.com.au or call SA Great on 8211 8111.


Meet the grower and taste the region at Willunga Farmers Market

Congratulations to the Willunga Farmers Market for picking up the recent “Outstanding Farmers' Market” award, from Vogue Australia Entertaining & Travel Produce Awards 2009. What a proud moment for Jude McBain, chairperson of the WFM committee who flew to Sydney to accept the award on behalf of the stall holders. This recognition certainly augers well for the future!

Also, huge congratulations for launching your new website! A big round of applause to Graham, Rita and the committee.

The website looks fantastic, see for yourself: http://www.willungafarmersmarket.com/alexandrinacheese.html

See Alexandrina Cheese Company every fortnight at the WFM.

Willunga Farmers Market logo
Saturdays from 8am - 12:30pm
in Willunga Town Square.
Remember to buy local, support
local at the Willunga Farmers Market.
www.willungafarmersmarket.com

Every second Saturday at the wonderful Willunga Farmers Market in 2009
Saturday 4th July 2009 and Saturday 18th July 2009,
(away Saturday 1st August 2009)
Saturday 8th August 2009 and Saturday 22nd August 2009.

Spring has Sprung! Summer is nearly here!
Saturday 5th September 2009, Saturday 19th September 2009,
Saturday 3rd October 2009 (Labour Day), Saturday 17th October 2009,
Saturday 7th November 2009, Saturday 21st November 2009 and
Saturday 12th December 2009.


Welcome to the Alexandrina Team

We welcome Harriet & Cara to the retail team of Alexandrina Cheese Company.

We welcome Harriet & Cara to the retail team of Alexandrina Cheese Company.

Over the last twelve weeks of probation, they have experienced many enthusiastic cheese customers, new interactions and new emotions.

We hope you enjoy the opportunity to work in the retail sector, and we can only envisage that you will become addicted to Alexandrina Cheese.

We can imagine that the first few shifts were fun and yet scary as they found their way around, learn new tasks, acquire new skills, gather information and get to know us and the other retail team members.

We will love to watch each employee grow…and we look forward to working with you.


Stockist of the Season -
Mount Compass Venison

Stop at Mount Compass Venison for the best “Venison Burger” money can buy! The shop is situated on the main street and offers a delightful Gourmet Experience, and this amazing little providore stocks nearly every product of the Alexandrina Cheese range. The extensive range of fresh venison and venison small goods are always available for you to enjoy.

They offer a light lunch menu based around venison and other regional produce from Fleurieu Peninsula. Judith Phillips of the Mount Compass Venison Shop produces premium quality products, pushing the boundaries of excellence for Meat products, Venison and the region. Visit Judith and her team at the Mount Compass Venison Shop to sample some of the finest quality local produce and hospitality. Also visit the Mt Compass Venison stall at the Willunga Farmers Market, every Saturday and the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market, every Sunday.

Highlights: Smallgoods, Fresh Venison, Light Lunches,
Regional Food and the Alexandrina Cheese range.
Mt Compass Venison
Mount Compass Venison is open
Wednesday to Sunday & Public Holidays
10am to 4pm    T 8556 8216

Mount Compass Venison

Savour a cheese plate, and sing your winter tune

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new 2009 Winter Menu & some wonderful new combinations for you to try. We thank the Alexandrina Retail Team for their input, and we all look forward to seeing you soon.

Alexandrina Winter Menu

Enjoy our local cheese platters while relaxing in “The Cheesery”, or on the lawn in the Spring & Summer. Alternatively you can take a picnic pack and enjoy your cheese platter at home in front on the warm fire log.

Cheese Platters – Platter combinations are the discretion of the season. We love the idea of food to suit the mood!

Platters are based on the ploughman’s lunch style. The platters include Alexandrina Cheese selection – three cheeses; usually Mt Jagged Mature Cheddar, Mt Magnificent Gouda and James Flat Pepato. Served with; warm pita bread, fresh apple, pear paste, balsamic pickled onions, venison mettwurst, traditional dill gherkins and home-style fruit chutney.

I hear you ask, “What size platter?”

We do lunch for one or lunch for the whole mob!

Alexandrina Cheese Menu

Picker’s Plate
Picker’s Plate, single serve


10.00

Tempting Tray
Tempting Tray, serves two to four


18.00

Picnic Pack
T
ake away, serves two to four


19.00

Fleurieu Feast
Fleurieu Feast, serves four to six


24.00

Family Picnic Pack
T
ake away, serves four to six


26.00

Kindly book your platters in advance T 85549666.

Items and prices may be subject to change due to seasonal availability.

Platter service ends one hour before closing, 3:30pm on weekends, 4pm on weekdays.


Experience it for yourself at Blue’s Restaurant

Check out the specials board at Blue's Restaurant, Middleton this winter – Kevin Parker has created a wonder entrée, featuring our cheeses, Fresh Cheddar Curd and Mt Jagged Mature. The result is this simply stunning Double Baked Alexandrina Cheese Soufflé served with marinated asparagus, twelve year old balsamic, extra virgin olive oil, spiced tomato & baby herbs.

Experience it for yourself at Blue’s Restaurant image

The first table of the night both ordered the entrée, and the response was – “Absolutely stunning, it is a complete dish from start to the last mouth full”. Kevin says that the gentleman gave the two thumbs up and he said two big gold stars!

Next time you are dining at Blue’s, be sure to ask for the Alexandrina Cheese Soufflé.

Catch up with Kevin and his team at Blues Restaurant by booking on T 85541800 or http://www.bluesrestaurant.com.au/


New Stockist – Viva Sustainable Foods

Viva Sustainable Foodies, are now suitably catered for by the talented Caralyn Lammas. Head to the new Viva Sustainable Food store on 349 Magill Rd, St Morris SA 5068, opening Hours are 9am-5.30pm, Tues-Sat. Fancy some Spaghetti Carbonara? What if it's made with Black Pig pancetta, Alexandrina Cheese Company Romano and Ngeringa EVOO and Assemblage White and served with Beach Organics sprouted wheat sourdough bread? That's what Caralyn's family ate for dinner the night after the Viva Sustainable Food grand opening. The eggs, pasta, butter and garlic were all from Viva Sustainable Food as well. So simple, so delicious.

Viva Gourmet Stockists
Contact Caralyn on T 8331 2977 or register your email with caralyn@vivasustainablefood.com.au.

New Stockist – First Froots

Stockist of the Season – First Fruits logoFirst Froots, are a new Online Green Grocer, who are an Adelaide based family business, delivering market-fresh, chilled, Fruit & Vegetables to your home, office or workplace.

They can deliver daily to most Adelaide suburbs, and will be stocking both hard cheeses and luxury dairy products from Alexandrina Cheese Company.

It will only take you a few minutes to place your first order.

Our current promotion offers a 20% discount, and then you can experience the unbeatable freshness by as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Contact Peter on T 8384 8088 or
register with http://www.firstfroots.com.au/.

 


Cheese of the Season – Mt Magnificent Gouda

We present our buttery full cream Jersey milk Gouda which has deeply set round eyes. We meticulously adhere to old handmade methods of cheese making to produce our Gouda. The cheese is made in an open vat using a traditional step during production, where the curds are pressed under the whey.

“Right now, our Gouda is at its best, we are looking at a very creamy, 6-9mth old gouda, beautiful matched with a crisp white wine from any region!” Rebekah exclaims.

Mount Magnificent Gouda image

During the 6 - 9 month maturing process this process allows the cheese to develop with a scattering of small and shiny holes known as eyes. As time passes, we watch the taste intensify and become more complex. Our Gouda has a warm golden colour, with a delightful firm, smooth and supple texture, providing clean slicing. It has a pleasing nose and a rewarding flavour profile. A sweet and earthy flavour adds depth of taste and aroma to the palate.

Silver Award - 2008 South Australian Dairy Awards - Silver – Mt Magnificent Gouda (93.5 points) Class 7.

Also - I've always wanted to know the authentic Dutch pronunciation of "Gouda", many say that it would it sound like "how-duh" or "who-duh" to an English speaker? We can confirm the correct pronunciation in the next Curds and Whey Enews!


Merchandise - Wear the Alexandrina brand –proudly!


A new order of Alexandrina Branded T-shirts have been delivered, and hang proudly in “The Cheesery”.

They are made from cotton, in bright colours including aqua, orange, white and navy.

Ordering Merchandise

Please enquire about a Merchandise Order Form, on (08) 85549666 or email marketing.alexandrina@ozemail.com.au, and we can process and despatch the order for you. Please note freight charges will apply to clothing & merchandise purchases.

Merchandise


CheeseFest 09

Get Cheesey in October 2009!

Sunday 18 October 2009 - 11 am to 4.00 pm
Rymill Park Adelaide City.

CheeseFest is a celebration of the Australian specialty cheese industry providing an opportunity for cheesemakers to promote and raise the awareness of the art of specialty cheese making. In 2008 CheeseFest was an overwhelming success, attracting 4500 people. With the growing interest in specialty cheese, regional & local food and wine - this event is not to be missed.

Enjoy a day experiencing Australian-made cheeses and other local artisan produce including wine from our world acclaimed wine regions and gourmet catering from local restaurants. Cheeses will also be available to purchase on the day. Be the first to know who has won 'gold' as the winners of the Australasian Cheese Competition are announced live at the Festival.

Please note this is an all weather event so please come prepared and with so much to offer we ask that you comply with our 'no BYO food or alcohol' policy.

Mark Sunday the 18th October 2009 in your diary, for all your Dairy Delights at CheeseFest09! See you there!!


Get Jazzy in January 2010! Janet Seidel and her rio.

Get Jazzy in January 2010!

We are proud to announce our third concert featuring Janet Seidel, and her trio. Jazz with Janet, and the Jerseys, will be held on the lawns at Alexandrina Cheese Company in January 2010.

Friday Twilight
8th January 2010; Adult Ticket 99.00

Sunday Matinee -
10th January 2010; Adult Ticket 66.00

Booking Details to be launched on
September 1st 2009.

Register your interest by emailing info@alexandrinacheese.com.au

For further information please
click on Get Jazzy in January 2010!

Both concerts will feature Janet Seidel, Chuck Morgan and David Seidel, plus special guests.

Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist and pianist Janet Seidel currently enjoys a rare and enviable international reputation with fourteen CDs released in Australia and also available in several other countries.

In the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 2006 (UK) Janet is described as “Australia’s first lady of jazz”.

Janet is revered by cabaret aficionados overseas such as in New York’s Cabaret Hotline - “I had heard so much about this delightful jazz star from Australia, but I was still not prepared for this awesome performance. I have never been so thrilled by a performer - this lady is amazing - such pure clean vocals!" according to the writer. Janet’s website - http://www.janetseidel.com/.

Put this special weekend in your diary now. Visitors will enjoy hearing Jazz with Janet, as well as the Jerseys grazing in the paddock close by. We can rely on having gorgeous summer sunshine, local food and wine, and the best holiday vibes available. We think this is the best way to kick start the New Year on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Be sure to book early in September for early Christmas presents.


Simply CUT out this VOUCHER.

The reward will be for you and a friend to enjoy a free “Standard Jersey Milkshake” when you purchase another “Standard Jersey Milkshake”.

A great time to visit is during school holidays, Alexandrina Cheese Company is open every day. Opening hours are on Weekdays from 12-5pm, and Weekends from 10am to 4:30pm. We look forward to seeing you at Alexandrina Cheese Company to sing your own tune of freshness during July.

Remember to Live life to the Full, by drinking FULL CREAM JERSEY MILK.

As always, we appreciate your support and enthusiasm! See you on Saturdays at WFM, or any day of the week at Alexandrina Cheese Company!

Coupon - free milkshake at Alexandrina Cheese


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