What a year! That’s Amore Cheese has much to celebrate as we head towards the end of 2021 and start what we all hope to be a better year for everyone. From taking the delivery service national to winning many prestigious awards, organising produce events to creating popular virtual Aperitivos & dinners with favourite restaurants, it has been a busy year for the Melbourne-based cheese producer.
Here’s a round-up of some of the best bits of That’s Amore Cheese’s 2021.
That’s Amore Cheese goes national
After launching its online store in the first lockdown, That’s Amore Cheese expanded nationally in August this year. Interstate customers were able to get their hands on the popular Melbourne-made cheese range, plus the amazing hampers, cannoli kits, deli items, pantry essentials and pizzas, and have them delivered to their door.
That’s Amore delivery is available in VIC, NSW (Metro Sydney, Southern Highlands & Wollongong, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle), ACT (Canberra), QLD (SEQ), WA (Perth) and SA. Customers can check their address with the postcode checker.
Winning more prestigious awards
That’s Amore Cheese is no stranger to winning awards but, with the challenges of 2021, the awards won this year seemed even sweeter.
In April, the That’s Amore Cheese Organic Mozzarella was as selected as a State Winner in the delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards, followed by That’s Amore Cheese winning five medals at the Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show Awards.
The DIAA Awards in June announced 14 medals for That’s Amore Cheese, including five gold, and later in the year four DIAA Special Awards were announced. These included:
• Highest scoring non cheddar cheese – That’s Amore Cheese Lavato
• Highest scoring cheese smear ripened or washed rind – That’s Amore Cheese Lavato
• Champion Cheesemaker – Helen Ritchie, That’s Amore Trecce
• Most outstanding show exhibit – That’s Amore Lavato
That’s Amore Cheese kicked off 2021 with Australia’s first Ricotta Festival. The Italian-style Sunday fiesta quickly sold out and guests enjoyed freshly made hot Ricotta calda, ricotta dishes, cannoli, wines and live music.
In May, the Olive Oil Festival was held, and Kyneton Olive Oil took guests at the sold-out event through different types of olive oil, taught how it is made and were producing live on site. A range of food and drink stands, including That’s Amore Cheese ‘4 Formaggi Gnocchi’ (which is tossed in a 40Kg Cheese wheel) and Cannoleria cannoli kept people well fed.
Virtual Aperitivos & restaurant collaboration dinners
Virtual events are something we all got pretty good at, and That’s Amore Cheese is no exception with regular Virtual Aperitivos and dinners taking guests on journeys to different regions of Italy – visiting far-away wineries, while tasting That’s Amore cheeses and wines from Vino Bambino.
That’s Amore Cheese collaborated with popular restaurants, including Lucy Liu, Caterina Cucina E Bar, Bar Idda and Pentolina to create the virtual dinner events, with guests enjoying cheese-inspired dishes while hearing from chefs and winemakers. As cheesemaker to many of Melbourne’s best restaurants, the dinners were a way to support the venues while creating an escape for those at home.
Hundreds of guests joined each of the virtual events and, while everyone would have preferred to be together, they were a highlight of the week through the lockdowns.
Of course, there’s lots more That’s Amore Cheese has been doing during the year, from sponsoring the Carlton AFLW team to continuing to create amazing hampers for everyday gifting, corporate packages and special events such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
That’s Amore Cheese has certainly been busy this year and the team are excited for 2022!
That’s Amore Cheese
66 Latitude Blvd, Thomastown VIC 3074
03 9463 4200
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 8am–5pm, Sunday 8am–4pm (closed on Public Holidays)