The Queen's Quill

The Queen's Quill, 03.15.15.: The Calm Before the Storm

The first flutters of Spring are finally in the air, and the Queen’s making all the preparations for the coming onslaught of cheese-starved pic-a-nickers that’s sure to be close behind.  That doesn’t mean we didn’t get to have a little fun here and there…

 

We had our most recent Hornets-tickets giveaways this week, and aside from the fact that our Bugs went 0-2 during the span, we couldn’t have had any more fun with the winners!  Everybody else: stay tuned, as we’ll be offering our last little giveaway of the year April 1st against Detroit!

 Some of our winners, bookended by Eric and me.  

Some of our winners, bookended by Eric and me.  

 

One sure way to know that the Spring’s just around the corner: the first of our amazing seasonal retailers have opened up!  That’s right, Providence Produce Market’s “Rock Store” location (situated just behind the Rock Store Bar-b-que in Stallings) cleaned off the cobwebs last Saturday!  Their Waxhaw and Ballantyne locations are opening March 21st and 28th, respectively, and the one and only Josh’s Farmers Market (Mooresville) is swinging the doors open April 1st!!!

 

One thing’s for certain: it’s about to get REAL for your favorite mom and pop cheese makers.

 

On the Homeland Security Front: you’re not gonna find a leader that’s tougher on crime than Her Majesty.  It’s for that reason that she’ll settle for nothing less than the best than a top-flight personal guard.  Presenting Sirs Leonard, Rodney, and Felipe: the Queen’s New Security Detail!

 

You know...when your only friends are a pot full of anthropomorphized Venus’ Fly Traps, it might be time to take off the hairnet and get some fresh air.  I'll put that on the to-do list :)

 

We wrapped up the week sampling with our pals at The Peach Stand (Fort Mill, SC) and Frontier Meats (Waxhaw).  We’ll be hitting up both locations of Reid’s Fine Foods (Myers Park and Indian Land, SC) this Saturday (03.21), and I’ll also be hitting Carolina Fish Market’s Ballantyne location this Friday afternoon (03.20) in what I’m hoping will become a monthly-ish tradition for the Queen!  


Can’t beat a little fresh fish on a Friday, right?  Hope to see some of y’all there!


That’s just about it for this round of the Quill.  The Vernal Equinox hits Crown Town at about 6:45 Friday, meaning we technically still have a couple days of Winter left.  Well, y’all better use those precious remaining hours to get any hibernation you had planned out of your system now, because starting next week, the Queen has LOADS of exciting new stuff on the calendar…GET PUMPED!!!

Win 1 of 5 FREE pairs of tickets to the 03.11.15. Charlotte vs. Sacramento game!

It's time for the Queen's second Hornets' ticket giveaway in less than a week! Don't ever let it be said that Her Highness is anything less than a benevolent monarch.  All the rules are below; basically "Like", "Follow", and "Retweet" this image for a chance at joining in the #TealAndPurple party as our streaking Bugs steamroll into the playoffs!!!  And if you don't win this round, stay tuned...we're doing one more giveaway this season for the April 1st matchup with Detroit (no foolin' ;) )!!!   

Instagram:
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FOLLOW @QCCheeseRoyale for 2 ADDITIONAL entries!

Twitter:
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FOLLOW @QCCheeseRoyale for 2 ADDITIONAL entries!

It’s just that simple, gang. And like I said, we’ll be doing this one more time this season, so yeah…the odds are pretty good as far as these things go! The contest ends at 5 pm, 03.10.15. At that point, I’ll be sending out private messages to the winners (if the winner comes from Instagram, I’ll tag you in the pic).
Good luck everybody, and GO HORNETS!
 

The Queen's Quill, 03.08.15.: Cheesy sausage. Inquire within...

It was another barn-burner of a week for the Queen on the delivery front.  Y'all keep snaggin' tubs, and we keep churnin' out newbies.  I'm a massive fan of this arrangement, so by all means, KEEP IT UP!  That being said, we only have a couple "blog-worthy" items of interest this week, but boy...they're some DOOZIES.

First: WE HAVE OUR OWN SAUSAGE!!!  The splendiferous folk at JJ's Red Hots have created a housemade andouille link that's chock full of our "Black and Bleu Blood" blue cheese pimento cheese.  They're topping it with caramelized onions and dijon mustard.  Basically, it'll make you forsake all other hot dog-type things for the remainder of eternity.  Still hashing out the details on a release date, but just to be safe, start carving out some belly space now.

 Myers and I are trying out our Gomez & Morticia Addams costumes.  You like?

Myers and I are trying out our Gomez & Morticia Addams costumes.  You like?

We also launched our latest Hornets' ticket giveaway this week!  Congrats to the winners (I'm hoping to have a pic with the winners for next week's blog).  We're launching our next giveaway TOMORROW (Monday) for Wednesday's game, so anxiously stand by your computer for that (here's a pro tip: consider following us on Twitter @qccheeseroyale if you want to get in at the front of the line.  Just throwing that out there ;) )

The old man and I spent Saturday wreaking havoc to the #PimentoCheese landscape at the Butchers Market and Carolina Fish Market's Ballantyne location.  They're restocked and ready for y'all to pounce...annnnnnd GO!!!!

 #STOCKED

#STOCKED

Oh, one other thing.  While I was sampling at the Butchers Market, a wonderful couple came by.  Sunniha and Christopher Patterson here were super cool, and engaging, and just generally great.  Then they told me that they found out about Queen Charlotte's via the stuff I did to help bring the Hornets back to Charlotte.  Then they told me they'd just been to Carolina Fish Market to chat up my dad (they bought 2 tubs of cheese there).  THEN they bought 1 from me!!!  I've met a few thousand amazing people doing all these samplings, and to all of y'all, please: don't take this the wrong way, but the Pattersons miiiiight have just raised the bar :D  

 BFFs.  To infinity and BEYOND.

BFFs.  To infinity and BEYOND.

A great end to another great week.  Happy noshing, y'all!!!

Win FREE tickets to the 03.09.15. Charlotte vs. Washington game!

A lot of y’all know that in addition to making the world’s finest #PimentoCheese, Her Highness is something of a b-ball fanatic.  Well, it’s that time of year again: the Queen is dishing out FREE HORNETS TICKETS!!!  That’s right, Loyal Subjects/True Beelievers, as our Bugs make their late season playoff push, we’re giving y’all all kinds of chances to win FREE tickets to one of 3 upcoming home games (03.09 vs. Washington, 03.11 vs. Sacramento, and 04.01 vs. Detroit)!  And that’s not all, we’re giving you up to 9 CHANCES TO WIN for each game! Check it out:

If you're on Facebook:

LIKE this pic for 1 entry

SHARE for 2 ADDITIONAL entries!

If you’re on Instagram:

LIKE this pic for 1 entry

FOLLOW @QCCheeseRoyale for 2 ADDITIONAL entries!

If you’re on Twitter:

RETWEET this pic for 1 entry

FOLLOW @QCCheeseRoyale for 2 ADDITIONAL entries!

It’s just that simple, gang.  And like I said, we’ll be doing this 3 different times over the next 3 weeks, so yeah…the odds are pretty good as far as these things go!  The contest ends at 7 pm, 03.07.15.  At that point, I’ll be sending out private messages to the winners (If the winner comes from Instagram, I’ll tag you in the pic.  If the winner comes from Facebook, be on the lookout for a friend request from a weirdo in a white tux named John Morgan.  That’d be me :) ).  

 

Good luck everybody, and GO HORNETS!!! 

The Queen's Quill, 03.01.15.: More "snow", more food truck fun, oh, and we've turned 1!!!

The Great Blizzard of 2015 kind of threw a kink into some of the scheduled fun we had planned for the past week, but we still managed to milk some quality cheesiness out of what was yet another icky 7 days on the weather scene.  

 'Twas fun while it lasted.

'Twas fun while it lasted.

 

First off…WOWZA.  Being a native Carolinian, I know all about snagging the milk and bread before a snowstorm, but y’all have obviously added the Queen to your list of staples.  We we worked over time to fill the week's region-spanning orders, and we couldn’t have been happier about it!  Our Retail Locations should all be fully-stocked and ready to rock!  Y’all are the best.


On the “new pals” scene, we were lucky enough to provide some of our “Her Royal Hotness” jalapeño blend to the fellas at New Wrap Order this week.  NWO is a brand new food truck (and fellow Carolina Commercial Kitchen client) that’s going live this Spring, and they were doing a little test run at a Charlotte Rugby Club event.  Look for big things out of Kevin and Matt soon; I’ll be sure to keep y’all posted!  

 

OHOHOH!!!  Our hard copies of the Boston Globe’s profile on the Queen came in Wednesday!!!  Same stuff as the online article, but I can, ya know…touch this version :)

 Who says print is a dead medium?!?

Who says print is a dead medium?!?

 

We sampled at Earl’s Grocery (Elizabeth) and What’s Your Beef (Ballantyne) Saturday, and we left both spots good and loaded up.  We’ll be at The Butchers Market (Rea Road) and Carolina Fish Market (Ballantyne) next Saturday, so be sure to swing by and say hey if you’re in the ‘hood!

 Pretty sure Earl's was built specifically with the intent of being the world's best Instagram spot.

Pretty sure Earl's was built specifically with the intent of being the world's best Instagram spot.

 

And last, but most assuredly not least: WE TURNED ONE TODAY!!!  That’s right, as of March 1, we’ve officially celebrated a birthday.  The past year has been something straight out of a sappy “rags to riches” story; the kind of thing I wouldn’t believe if I weren’t right in the middle of it.  Simply put, we’re honored and humbled at the support y’all have shown us this first year.  I could’ve never imagined the kind of love we’ve experienced; it truly chokes me up every time I think about it.  From Myers, my folks, and myself: thank you.  Now buckle in: 2015’s gonna be another wild ride!!!