Grilled Cheesing with the Queso Diego Club

It’s the final day of Grilled Cheese Month! Before we close the book on our celebration of grilled cheese I wanted to share with you a peek into one more fun, cheesy (in a good way) event I attended this month. A local cheese club called Queso Diego invited me to attend their 2nd annual Grilled Cheese Night. I could hardly pass that up!

All the grilled cheese fixins

The meeting was held in a private home on the grounds of a local farm (a rather urban part of town has sprouted up around it). I traipsed through the garden and past the bleating goats to find the open door of the house and sounds of conversation and laughter pouring out.

The club supplied much of the bread and the heating implements (as you’ll see, we were grilling on a wide variety of devices!), while the members brought cheese and condiments (many of which were homemade) to share. My contributions: caramelized onions, roasted poblanos and one of my favorite cheeses, Beecher’s Flagship.

It's my turn!
Photo: Ringo Firefly –

All kinds of grilled cheese methods were used

After a brief meeting covering a bit of club business, everyone headed to the grilling stations to get the evening’s main task underway: making and sharing grilled cheese. When I mentioned earlier that all types of cooking devices were utilized, I wasn’t kidding. The household irons above were used in conjunction with Toastabags to innovatively grill some of the sandwiches.

The traditional stovetop method

The huge, six-burner gas stove, of course, came in handy…

Gearing up the griddle

Ready for lift-off!

…as did an electric griddle.

Crisping things up with mayonnaise

Fillings ranged from straight cheese, to kale to homemade cured, smoked swordfish belly (aka “ocean bacon”!) to a pretty extraordinary tiramisu grilled cheese, prepared by club president, Chris (complete with rum- and coffee-soaked homemade sheets of ladyfingers!).

Can't forget the tomato soup!

Fortunately, someone remembered to bring tomato soup!

Slicing it up

Everyone sliced up and shared their grilled cheese creations around the room. HR folks take note – this would be an extremely fun team-building exercise. 🙂

A slight cheese overload situation

Suffice it to say, there was no shortage of melty cheese in this room.

The beverages (many of which were made by club members)

Many Queso Diego members are as interested in beer (and craft brewing) as they are in cheese. The beverages were flowing!

Bon Appetit!

Mmmm...grilled cheese!

Queso Diego made me feel right at home for Grilled Cheese Night. Everywhere I turned, someone was grilling sandwiches, enjoying a good beverage and having a grand time. Thank you guys so much for having me – I hope to cheese up with you again soon!


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  1. That looks like a lot of fun! 🙂

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  2. Angela wrote:

    Seriously! Best club idea ever!

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  3. How fun! We have Friday lunches together at work and I think this would be a great idea for one of them!

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      It really would be! Totally work friendly – everyone can take part. 🙂

      Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  4. How awesome is your job? Seriously!

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      I’m reminded often, Amy!

      Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  5. Heaps of thank yous for coming out to play with us Queso Diegans, and for this cheesetastic post! Come back anytime!

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  6. Thanks Kathy for the kind words. It’s a great group and the grilled cheese meeting is one of the best. We’ll have to see how it matches up with Fondue later this year.
    One note, the toaster bags were donated by Boska ( We really appreciate their support.

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  7. Aricka F wrote:

    Hey! That’s me at the gorgeous range! Check out for my Tikka Masala Grilled Cheese recipe!

    Posted 4.30.13 Reply
  8. livia wrote:

    grilled cheese yields for tomato soup… at least for me. that’s why I brought it

    Posted 5.1.13 Reply
  9. Super fun! Ironing a grilled cheese is probably a tried and true collegiate go-to move. 🙂 Oh, and LOVE the Beecher’s!!!!! We ate too much of their mac & cheese at the shop in Seattle. Whoo!

    Posted 5.1.13 Reply
    • Kathy Strahs wrote:

      I definitely want to get the mac and cheese next time! So glad Beecher’s is in Ralph’s, for when I can’t get to Seattle. 🙂

      Posted 5.2.13 Reply
  10. Oh wow, that looks like an amazingly fun experience 🙂 so delicious!

    Posted 5.2.13 Reply
  11. This looks like such a blast, Kathy! Love all that cheesy goodness!

    Posted 5.6.13 Reply