Blu, Tucson Cheese Monger Celebrates Anniversary

Blu celebrates 1 year anniversary

Say cheese!

Congratulations to Tana Fryer on her one year anniversary of Blu, A Wine & Cheese Shop, in the Mercado St. Agustin (modern street car begins and ends here with free parking too).

Some all-day delicious fun tastings are planned for January 31. Here’s the scoop:

Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop Celebrates One Year Anniversary
A Maker Fair Will Be Held at the Mercado San Agustin on January 31, 2015

Tucson, AZ – Blu A Wine & Cheese Shop is celebrating their one year anniversary on January 31, 2015 by honoring local and artisanal food & wine makers. A Maker Fair will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“I am so thankful for the support Tucson has given us during this first amazing year,” Blu’s owner, Tana Fryer, said enthusiastically. “But Blu wouldn’t even exist if it were not for the artisans who are responsible for these unique products. I know the names of the people who make most of the things on these shelves. They are real people, making things by hand, taking care of their animals and the land. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our first year than by honoring them.”

The Maker Fair will feature “meet the maker” opportunities and tastings from

–Fiore Di Capra – Southern Arizona’s Grade A Dairy and Creamery;
–David Benton from Tucson Honey Company;
–MollyJo Mow from Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese;
–Tom Alfonso from Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic;
–Mike Mallozzi from Borderlands Brewing Company;
–Judy Esbit from Bird’s Nest Baking Company;
–Collin Liebing from Quench Fine Wines who will be tasting wines from great Arizona wineries, including Sand Reckoner, Dos Cabezas and Arizona Stronghold.

In addition to the Maker Fair, there will be in store specials on bottles of Bubbly and “staff favorites” will be offered all day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Cochise County All-Stars will be performing live in the courtyard from 6to 9:00 p.m.

Fryer launched Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop in October of 2012, doing private events and catering, providing specialty cheese to local restaurants, and working the Santa Cruz Farmers Market, before opening a brick and mortar store inside the Mercado San Agustin in January 2014.

“We realized that what we are trying to do – bringing cut-to-order artisanal cheese to the desert – is kind of a new thing,” Fryer said. “I wasn’t even sure I could get the products I wanted on a regular basis and I knew I would have to train cheesemongers, so I spent a year developing relationships with the best cheesemakers, here in Arizona and across the US, and putting a great team together.”

A partnership with Tom & Nancy Alfonso, of Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic, gave Fryer an opportunity to try out cheesemongering in a storefront until Blu was established in its own location. Blu and Alfonsos continue to offer special events and classes together.

“I am so excited about the growing food scene in Tucson,” Fryer said, “the downtown renaissance and the new streetcar. I knew the Mercado San Agustin would be an important part of it all.” Fryer said she is especially thankful for the support of the Dixon-Weinstein family, who own and manage the Mercado San Agustin. “It was their vision that inspired me to want to open the first Blu location right here. We wouldn’t be where we are without them.”

Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop is a wine bar & casual restaurant and specialty grocery store. Winter hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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