Random Acts of Cheese!

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It’s a good day today. It’s the day I get to kick off a week long giveaway, in which every single day I get to stalk someone down and thrust into their hands an enormous box of cheese, tied with a bow. That’s right, for an entire week, right up until Christmas Eve, I’ll be committing Random Acts of Cheese! Except that they won’t totally be random – I’m not Ellen DeGeneres – although I kind of wish I was… no, in this contest, you get to choose someone who you want to win. Get it? And then it’s a surprise! It’s all about giving, and cheese, and making people happy when they least expect it. And what could be more happy-inducing than a surprise box of cheese? Not that there’s anything wrong with chocolate, but Pot of Gold is so 1986.

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Check out all that cheese! (Yes, I moved it after taking that photo. Lest Lou think Christmas came early for him.)

Calgary Co-op was generous enough to contribute their Discovery Box of cheese for my crazy cause. Many of them. Yesterday I was like, “hey! We should surprise people at work and home and give them a box of cheese!” And they were like, “cool! how many boxes do you want?” They, like Mike, didn’t even question my crazy idea, but just jumped on board with it.

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In each box you’ll find six cheeses – real ones, not wee sample sizes – Oka, Saint-Paulin, Rondoux Triple Crème, Rondoux Washed Rind Cheese, Rondoux Chèvre, and 3 Year Old Grand Cheddar. Add some wine and it’s a party in a box. (Truly – it’s what we’re starting our Christmas party with tomorrow night: open the box, put each cheese out on a big cutting board, fill in the gaps with crackers and fruit and nuts and chutneys and pickles, and you’re good to go.)

So here’s the deal: it’s not for you, it’s for someone you want to surprise with a Gift of Cheese. Fun! To enter, comment here and let us know who that person is and why they should get a cheese box. You can also enter on Facebook or twitter, by tweeting out who you want to win – just include @dinnerwithjulie or @CalgaryCoop, #randomactsofcheese or all of the above, to make sure we see it.

Every day – Saturday, December 17th thru Friday, December 23rd – we’ll pick one person, and deliver the cheese to them. I say we because Mike Santa is coming with me. (If you’d like us to provide a spectacle with said cheese delivery, that can totally be arranged.) If we choose your winner, we’ll contact you for their coordinates – we’ll need to know where to find them. (They’ll need to be in Calgary, not that I wouldn’t love to fly anywhere to make a special delivery!)

Let’s do it!! Random Acts of Cheese!

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December 16 2011 11:23 pm | cheese

93 Responses to “Random Acts of Cheese!”

  1. Dan on 16 Dec 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    What an awesome idea! I love it!

  2. JulieVR on 16 Dec 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Yahoo!

  3. Karen on 16 Dec 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    My little sister because for her cheese is a food group on it’s own :-)

  4. Sandy on 16 Dec 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    I’d like to recommend Astrid Eisenberg for your cheese surprise give-away. She’s a very dynamic 82 year old friend of our family in general and my Dad in particular. Astrid has the greatest outlook on life and even after living through receiving a heart pacemaker, having a hip replacement, surviving cancer at the age of 80, etc., she lives everyday to the fullest – working in her family’s store, singing in a choir, dancing, doing amazing needleworks, travelling and cooking great meals. She appreciates good food and is willing to try just about any type of food. I know she would love to receive a surprise box of cheese.

  5. Sarah Deveau (@SarahDeveau) on 16 Dec 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    I nominate Allyson, director of Made by Momma in Calgary. This crazy busy mom of three spends all of her spare time helping others by adding joy to their life through donations of time and food by other mommas, I’d love to see some joy sent her way, for her!

    http://madebymomma.org/

  6. Vicki on 17 Dec 2011 at 12:34 am #

    I’d like to nominate my dear friend who is expecting a baby and will be spending her first Christmas away from her extended family. She vegetarian and so is planning to make cheese fondue for Christmas dinner. She will also be completely and totally star struck so a spectacle would be preferred please. I know it would just make her Christmas to find you and a box of cheese at her front door. Plus she’s an amazing baker and I bed she’d invite you in for a little sweet treat.

  7. Laurie in Calgary on 17 Dec 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I just wanted to say that I think this is a really great idea!! Sounds like there are a lot of people deserving of surprise cheese, glad I don’t have to make the choice! Merry Christmas Julie.

  8. Lori on 17 Dec 2011 at 12:54 am #

    I think my friends, the Scott family deserve a box of cheese. They are wonderful friends who are super generous-they gave me a set of winter tires! Who does that?! Well, Rob, Stacey, Emily and Kaylee, that’s who. And they are not just generous to me, but they are busy all the time giving and helping others in our community. They are a wonderful family who would love a box of cheese.

  9. Alana Backer on 17 Dec 2011 at 5:22 am #

    I think my sister in law would LOVE to receive this lovely box of cheese. Being from the Netherlands, she would appreciate good cheese but to have JVR deliver it would be even more special! Merry Christmas and keep up the good work!

  10. Happy geek on 17 Dec 2011 at 6:33 am #

    I think my friend Melissa deserves some cheese. She had 4 kids in 5 years and all of them are intolerant to dairy. Which means as long as she was nursing or pregnant (6 years) she could not eat cheese or chocolate or a million other things. She just weaned her youngest so she can now partake again.
    Also, she has 4 kids from 1-6. That alone deserves cheese. And wine. Lots of wine.
    She is also a kind, generous soul who is involved in her church and community. This would totally make her month!

  11. Kathleen on 17 Dec 2011 at 7:03 am #

    My mom deserves random acts of cheese because she is the cheesiest of them all!

    Yay for cheese!

  12. Linda on 17 Dec 2011 at 7:24 am #

    My sister-in-law who is hosting her Mother’s 90th birthday part dec 27 for 30of the family

  13. Susan Hamill on 17 Dec 2011 at 7:30 am #

    My sister is deserving of a random act of cheese. She does so much for so many others. During this busy season it would be such a nice surprise to receive a message that someone was thinking of her as well. :o)

  14. Sarah on 17 Dec 2011 at 7:38 am #

    I would love to win this for my sister-in-law. She is a loving mom to two adorable daughters, a great wife, a hard working entrepreneur and pregnant to boot! She absolutely adores cheese and seeing as how she can’t imbibe this holiday season, some lovely cheese would make her very happy!

  15. Charlene on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:19 am #

    I would love for my sister-in-law to win this. Every Christmas she lets my family of six come from Edmonton and stay at her house for the week after Christmas. And my brother-in-law’s family of four often comes to stay as well (even thought they live in Calgary, the same city!) Just because it is so fun at Auntie Dita’s house. These cheeses would be a great treat for a fabulous hostess.

  16. Erin on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:26 am #

    My boyfriend is deserving of a random act of cheese! He has taken to my sons like they are his own. He has been a tremendous support, not just to me but my entire family, during a year of tragic losses in my family. He kept vigil & fed us all while my dad was in ICU & we had to make the difficult choice to let him pass before Christmas last yea. He provided support and sustinence when we could not gather the strength to fend for ourselves. We had only been together 5 months at the time. Most men would have gone running, but instead he stepped up. He. Is. Awesome!

    Also, being a foodie & cheese lover, I know he’d be grinning for weeks if Julie showed up on his doorstep!

  17. JaniceT on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:33 am #

    As a former Calgarian I’d love to share this gift with my good friend Anne who I see far too rarely now. Cheese is one of her favourite food groups and the Dalhousie Co-op was my grocery store of choice.

  18. Katherine on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:42 am #

    What an awesome giveaway. I woud love to gift my stepfather, the biggest lover of good cheese that I know, with this. Sadly, he lives in Toronto.

    Calgarians – enjoy your cheese! You lucky, lucky people.

  19. Krista on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:44 am #

    My friend Heather is deserving of cheese! She has a new baby and is hosting family for Christmas.
    Heather and I are in a book club together and your book “One smart cookie” has come in a number of conversations. What a fabulous surprise if you brought Heather cheese!

  20. Theresa on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:55 am #

    I would like my sister Michelle to win the cheese!!! She and her husband Mark are the most generous, patient caring couple that I know. They used to entertain friends so much, but they have two small children now and are not able to do it as often. Sick kids, part time work and high demands of finances in every other direction have made it difficult for them to entertain. My sister also looks after a person who is struggling daily to cope with our society and world. Michelle never drops the ball, she also is a volunteer for a number of different local events and school activities. She’s an amazing sister!! <3

  21. Roxanne on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:03 am #

    I would like my neighbors Ann and Alan to receive this wonderful box. They are the most generous kinds people. Alan shovels my sidewalk if I don’t beat him outside even though he is retired with a heart condition. They drop off random things, cookies, cinnamon buns, things to make my day brighter. They will not accept any type of gift so this seems like the most perfect way to say thank you!!!! Thanks Julie for making food fun again.

  22. Jennifer I on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:10 am #

    I would love for my friend Jennifer (same name -yeah I know but she really does exist)to win this! She is a lover of all things cheese! We had a cookie exchange and surprise, surprise there was cheese in her contribution! She also keeps a fully stocked shelf in her fridge! This is a gift that I know she would love! What an awesome idea-Random Acts of Cheese Kindness! Thanks for the chance at making my friends day!

  23. Theresa on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Do we have to enter every day Julie or just once for the week?

  24. Nancy S on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:13 am #

    My mother-in-law. She just loves cheese.

  25. Cassie on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I’d love for my husband to win. I have a dairy allergy and do all the cooking/grocery shopping in the house so cheese is rare for him!

  26. Kelly S on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:21 am #

    My Momma! She loves cheese but limits herself to only enjoying it during this festive time. Plus only the high quality stuff since she’s a cardiac patient and watches her diet very carefully. I know each nibble would be savored and that box would last for months.

  27. Nicole on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:44 am #

    I nominate my friend Rebecca. She is someone who is very active in the community and is always willing to help out anyone in need. She’s a great person AND she loves cheese!

  28. Erica B. on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:45 am #

    I’d like the staff and volunteers at the Calgary Interfaith Food Bank to receive a box. Lines are particularly long this time of year, it’d be nice to see them rewarded for their efforts.

  29. Lauren O. on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I would like to recommend my Grandma for your random acts of cheese. She is an amazing lady who loves this time of year, but having a hard time right now and this would definitely cheer her up!

  30. Hannah on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:56 am #

    I would like to nominate my mother. As the oldest of six, I know all too well how hard Christmas time can get. On top of the regular Christmas crazy, my mother has her own catering business. Christmas means party after party after party. She has decided to use the income generated from these parties on making Christmas wonderful for not only her family but for several elderly men and women who no longer have families. The rest of her time is donated back to the community through her volunteering at my siblings’ schools as well as the Boys and Girls Club, our church, and several community beautification committees. I would like to be able to fix my mother a wonderful, relaxing meal with these cheeses and be able to serve her like she serves the ones she loves.

  31. Susan on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:56 am #

    My dear friend Cindy deserves this! She is a true foodie and Julie fan – I know she’d fall over if you presented her with a box of cheese! Cindy is the type of person who always puts everyone else first and never does anything for herself. She is so thoughtful and considerate, this would be the perfect gift for her!

  32. Laurie M on 17 Dec 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I would like my new coworker Danielle to win one. She’s been great training me this past 2 weeks. She has a gluten allergy and really likes cheese :)

  33. JulieVR on 17 Dec 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Oh my. This is going to be a TOUGH decision!!

  34. Nurse Jenn on 17 Dec 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Wow Julie! This sounds awesome :) I’d like to give the cheese box to my Grandfather. He is coming in from Nanaimo and staying with my parents in Calgary. I’m wanting to make this Christmas special as it will be the first one since his wife (my Gran) passed away. This would be one really neat surprise!

  35. Allison on 17 Dec 2011 at 10:43 am #

    WOW! i would nominate my neighbor Cathy. She helped me eradicate my house of mice earlier this year (I’m squeemish that way!). Though we didn’t load the traps with cheese, we made lots of “cheese/mice” jokes and this would be very “punny” for her to get one of these gift baskets.

  36. Ashlee Steinhauer on 17 Dec 2011 at 10:46 am #

    I second the nomination of Allyson Palychuck from Made by Momma- she’s fantastic!
    Secondly I nominate my best friend and non-blood sister, Sarin Harrison. While she would be perfectly happy with cheese slices for Christmas, she deserves much, much more. To say the least the last 18 months of her life has been hard. Through the rollercoaster of life and curveballs that have been thrown at Sarin and her husband they have stayed genuine, honest, and optimistic. What would normally have lesser mortals cowering in a closet with a giant box of cheese has brought Gavin and Sarin closer together and appreciative of everything they have. A giant box of cheese would brighten their day and put a much deserved smile on their faces:)
    Thanks!

  37. Hannah on 17 Dec 2011 at 11:02 am #

    In my rereading of your post, I caught the last line. We aren’t in Calgary! I hope your acts of cheese go wonderfully! :)

  38. Vincci on 17 Dec 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Awesome! I would like to nominate my friend and coworker Janine, who has had to pick up a lot of extra work due to people being away and has done it with no complaint!

  39. Carol SB on 17 Dec 2011 at 11:34 am #

    This is the all-time best, most awesome giveaway in the known history of the universe!
    I am so looking forward to all the stories. Love, love, love all the nominations.
    I hope the recipients will come here to comment!

  40. Carolyn on 17 Dec 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Once again, I wish I lived in Calgary! If I lived there, I would nominate my parents. They are the most giving, caring people and really show what unconditional love means. This year, my Mom has battled cancer, my Dad has been sick many times, and this week they suffered a deviastating loss. Through it all, they keep their their faith and hope that tomorrow will be better.

  41. Shannon on 17 Dec 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    I’d love to nominate my cousin Heather, whose cooking is always inventive, fresh, healthy and tasty – she inspires me to want to cook at home more often, and to take chances when I do!

  42. Shena on 17 Dec 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    I’d like to give the gift of cheese to my brother, who lives in Calgary. I live in Lethbridge, but am going back to BC for Christmas this year, so I won’t see him at Christmas. He loves any and all cheeses that I have ever gotten him as gifts, so I know he would adore this. He travels a lot for work, so I don’t get to see him as often as I’d like; he always seems to be out of town when I’m in Calgary, so it’d be a nice treat for him to get a surprise gift from me when he’s not expecting it.

  43. Katie on 17 Dec 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I would give this to my sister, Ky. Why? Because she is constantly blessing friends with her mad kitchen skills and this box of cheese will no doubt turn into a delightful spread for many families to savour.

  44. Haruko on 17 Dec 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    I would like to give it to my friend Sonja. She is a dear friend of mine who moved from Edmonton (where I live) and I’ve missed her ever since. We are both big fans of yours. She introduced me to you (so to speak). She would be tickled pink at a box of cheese from you.

  45. Kira on 17 Dec 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    I would like to nominate my friend Sheri, who is a self-proclaimed horrific cook, but I know she could manage a great cheese plate. Let’s give her some self-confidence in the kitchen (her husband is a chef…)

  46. Debra on 17 Dec 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I think my wonderful friend Anne deserves a special treat. She is a wonderful Mom of two boys and is recently single. She is in a wheelchair but always manages to prepare great nutritious meals. Her life is challenging especially now and I know she would love this.

  47. Corinne on 17 Dec 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I would like to nominate my friend Sarah and her family,they are going through a hard time lately. Sara works tirelessly for others, for her family , for her indigenous family members in Chile and in our Calgary community. You could never guess her age. I think a Random Act of Cheese would brighten Sara’s spirits and delight the family.

  48. Melissa W on 17 Dec 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    I would like to nominate my bestest friend in the whole world, Stephanie Brugos. She is a new mom of beautiful baby Callie, and a lovah of all things cheese.
    She was co-contributor to the Magic Quinoa Salad recipe and she is just the best. I love love love her and what better way to express that than with cheese?

    Great giveaway, Julie :)

  49. Lindsay on 17 Dec 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    Oh what a wonderful giveaway! I would gift a box of cheese to my dear friend Taralee, who loves, loves, loves cheese. She’s a very lovely and vibrant person and I know that a surprise box of this calibre would be very much appreciated by her.

  50. Lisa on 17 Dec 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    My friend Karen is a real go-getter and she is always, and I mean always putting others first. She works full time, keeps a beautiful house, and dotes on her grandshildren. On top of this she organizes our Community Choir, we always know where we are going, at what time and what we are singing. Would love for you to surprise her with a box of cheese and we could come and carol at her door when you deliver??? She is truly a giver in this world!

  51. marlene on 17 Dec 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I would love to have my husband’s brother and his wife receive a cheese delivery. He has just completed chemotherapy after surgery for cancer. His post chemo tests are showing promising results. He indicated he will enjoy a glass (or bottle)(!!) of wine this Christmas and the cheese would complement nicely.

  52. Nancy on 17 Dec 2011 at 6:16 pm #

    Oh! I love this idea! I would like to recommend my sister, Vania, and her family- they are great hosts and always have yummy stuff for us to nosh on. We’re going there Christmas eve and she won’t let us bring anything.
    Thanks!

  53. voula martin on 17 Dec 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I nominate Justin Vroon because he works ridiculously hard, loves cheese, and puts up with the awesome but occasionally zany antics of his lovable wife Melissa. ;)
    And i love them both dearly!

  54. Allyson on 17 Dec 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I would LOVE to nominate my husband Anthony for Random Acts of Cheese! He is a pretty amazing guy – beside working his butt off for our family so I can stay home with out little ones and also pay for our oldest to go to University – he is an incredibly patient man that allows our entire house to be consumed with my volunteering addition. (he he) I do spend a better part of every day volunteering for Made by Momma, but my hubby is behind the scenes, picking up donations all over the city, helping me sort and clean baby clothes, power-wash toddler toys, fix strollers, deliver diapers and meals and everything else to moms in need and he ALSO bakes some yummy healthy cookies and fabulous cupcakes for the families we help. There are days when he grumbles about the fact that we can no longer park in our garage or eat at the table (for the piles of donations and paperwork) but all-in-all this man deserves SOMETHING for being the man behind the mama!!! AND the guy LOVES cheese. He recently figured out that gluten is not his friend, but he can happily live on cheese for the rest of his life. In fact he is eating some Applewood Smoked cheese standing in the kitchen as I type this. :)

  55. RMB on 17 Dec 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    What a fabulous idea!

    I would like to nominate my neighbour and her family who have had a difficult year. This would make their day and the holiday season.

  56. Trudy in Red Deer on 17 Dec 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I would like to nominate my sister Niki. She just had extensive foot surgery and will have a long and slow 6 week recovery at home. Her husband, just in his early 50’s, is in a nursing home with advanced Parkinson’s. My sister lives in Calgary and would so appreciate any random act of kindness! Niki relys on the Handi-Bus for transportation and with her foot injury will not be able to go across town to see her husband till January.
    I know any recipient will be very pleased with the gift but I sure hope you choose Niki. Bless you Julie all year long for this, and the goodwill and happiness you spread throughout the year!

  57. Jenn on 17 Dec 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    I’m nominating my friend and co-worker Sharon. She makes me laugh every day, and she fully supports (nay, enables!) my addiction to Dinner with Julie. “What did Julie make yesterday? Is this a Julie recipe? What does Julie say about cheese balls?”

  58. Heather on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Fantastic idea Julie!! You are awesome!

  59. Joanne on 17 Dec 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    I would like to nominate the family from PEI who flew in to be with the girl who survived the shooting rampage near Claresholm. I understand she’s at the Foothills Medical Centre–Shayna Conway. Perhaps they’re eating out a lot so this could help with expenses.

  60. Lindsey on 17 Dec 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Oh this is SO fantastic. It would be amazing to have you roll up and give this to Felix. He’s 76 with the joie de vivre of a much younger man – he spreads a lot of laughter (and loves cheese). He’s sidelined this ski season after a pretty bad break last season, which is a pretty rough thing for an Austrian man who’s been here for 40+ years and made his life centre around skiing. Can’t wait to see/hear the stories behind the cheese gifting!

  61. CathyH on 18 Dec 2011 at 12:41 am #

    I am not in Calgary right now, down south in freezing Palm Springs. But would love to nominate YOU!!!! Julie VR to receive the gift of cheese. I am sure everyone that reads and writes on your blog would agree. You entertain, educate and make us laugh on a daily basis. And….you need a treat. Merry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!

  62. Julia M. on 18 Dec 2011 at 5:34 am #

    I would love to nominate my brother-in-law because 1. He’s a cheese snob and 2. He’s getting married and this would be a nice way to celebrate his engagement with a glass of wine.

  63. Evelyn in Canada on 18 Dec 2011 at 8:05 am #

    I’d love my Calgarian friend and cousin to recieve a box of cheeses. She loves cheese (what Dutch person doesn’t?) and is a genuine foodie. And because I can picture her inviting her sister-in-law to sit with her in front of the fire with cheeses and wine, making a puzzle or playing a game and enjoying winter together.

  64. erin on 18 Dec 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I would like my brother and sister-in-law to win! They have 3 beautiful girls, all under 5, and both work full time. My brother is the only one of us 4 siblings in Calgary, and when our very large family makes the trip down from Edmonton, they welcome us all into their house, even though I’m sure we can drive them crazy sometimes. They will be hosting Christmas dinner this year, and I know a big box of cheese would be a welcome addition.

    They are kind, generous, thoughtful people, wonderful parents and great friends.

  65. bev on 18 Dec 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Thanks for doing this Julie! I don’t live near Calgary, but I wonder if one box might go to a family in need who would love to have a delicious treat food for the holidays.

  66. Heather on 18 Dec 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I would also like to nominate my brother and sister in law (see erin’s post). what cheese do you use to build a castle? Roquefort What’s a cheese’s favourite holiday destination?

    Philadelphia!What kind of cheese do you wear to bed?

    Pyjarmesan..what do church mice believe in? cheesus (jesus)

  67. Heather on 18 Dec 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Woops! I hit “submit comment” before I could clean up all the cheesy jokes I cut & pasted! Oh well! Enjoy, and I hope that Neil & Jenn win – they deserve a big box of cheese! :)

  68. tricia on 18 Dec 2011 at 10:43 am #

    HI! I would like to nominate my friend Alana. She had a baby boy at the end of August, and still runs a busy dayhome. They do not have much money but she is kind, thoughtful and HAPPY:) Thank you!

  69. Justina on 18 Dec 2011 at 10:50 am #

    What a wonderful idea! I am forever awed by how big your heart is . . .without getting into the nitty-gritty, my M-I-L has was given a scary prognosis last week and could use a bright light. She is a true lover of cheese.
    Merry Christmas Julie!

  70. Bethany Johnson on 18 Dec 2011 at 11:48 am #

    My husband. If he wasn’t married to me, he’d marry cheese. He’s obsessed with it and would absolutely love a box of it!

  71. Sarah on 18 Dec 2011 at 4:15 pm #

    My brother in-law, this is a guy who loves food. As a young 20-something he once organized a pie making lesson with my grandmother, who had won the local pie contest so many times her license plate was actually “MYPIE1″
    Now, he’s a great uncle to my kids, and he might even share some of the cheese with us at Christmas.

  72. Jan @ Family Bites on 18 Dec 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    You are amazing. Totally amazing!

  73. Michelle on 18 Dec 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    It was 7 days before Christmas and I was busy cleaning my house knowing that the next week would be a busy one. The doorbell rang and my husband peeked out the window and said that Santa was outside. Hmmmm. Santa? It wasn’t even Christmas Eve yet. I opened the door and to my surprise it was Santa and two elves. The next thing I knew I was receiving a Random Act of Cheese. It all happened so quickly that I didn’t really know what was happening except that I was left holding a beautiful box of cheese as Santa and his elves walked down my sidewalk. My children who had heard the doorbell ring, ran upstairs and asked who was there. I opened the door and said “Santa”. My son, being the oldest and knowing that Santa has many helpers at this time of year, thought that this was perhaps a Santa in training, getting ready for the big day. My daughter, watching as Santa jumped into his car thought that the Reindeer were resting so that they would be ready to pull the sleigh on Christmas. I said to my husband “I’m not sure what just happened but it was such a kind thing to do and I think that the big elf might be Julie.” Sure enough, I found out what the Random Act of Cheese was all about and how I had won. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  74. Angie on 18 Dec 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I’d love to have you give a random act of cheese (RAoC)to my almost brother in law – Xav. He is the consumate cheese lover! I happen to know that there are a lot of nights where dinner at his and my sister’s house consists of cheese and baguette with some good chocolate for dessert! He would go crazy for the RAoC! What a great idea! Who needs Ellen – we’ve got you, Julie!

    Merry Christmas!

  75. Jacqueline on 19 Dec 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Wow! What a great gift! I nominate my brother Mark, aka “the fairy godfather”. I’ve learned over the years to not give him my kids’ complete Christmas lists because he buys EVERYTHING on the list, and sometimes more. He lives in Calgary, while the rest of us are here in Winnipeg. Maybe he’ll bring his cheese box to share when he arrives on Christmas Eve.

    Merry Christmas!

  76. Tara on 19 Dec 2011 at 9:18 am #

    I’d like to nominate my brother who lives in Calgary and just recently lost his job. He’s been feeling kinda down with the news (who wouldn’t). Anyway,I was just talking to him on the phone a few days ago and he was telling me how much his girlfriend ‘loves’ all things cheese. I thought maybe he could surprise her with a box of ‘yummy cheeses.’ Kinda like a pay it forward. Ie: brother receives a box of cheese and in return passes it on to his girlfriend.

    Thank You!

  77. Kristina on 19 Dec 2011 at 9:35 am #

    My husband would be deserving of this kindness. He’s a really good guy and has put up with so much unecessary stress over the past year that I think something like this would really brighten his day. Knowing that someone did something unexpectedly nice for him. Just because.

  78. Danielle on 19 Dec 2011 at 10:45 am #

    I think my parents, Valeen and Jerry deserve this. They’re great people who raised me well. They welcomed my husband into our family like a son and they always invite my friends to spend Christmas with them when the friends don’t have a place to celebrate on their own.

  79. HDW on 19 Dec 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I would like to nominate my sister. She has two amazing little kids (who would love to see Santa) and she has discovered her love and talent for cooking since she became a stay at home mom. She loves trying new things and actually introduced me to this site, which I owe her for. She loves cheese and so do the kids. She adores Julie and would be really excited to get a chance to meet you. Thanks

  80. Charlotte on 19 Dec 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    My Mom Jean. She’s 78 going on 60. She’s an incredible bundle of energy and she’s always game for new adventures and experiences. Her bucket list keeps getting bigger as she gets older. She loves cheese and she’s a Co-op fan. She’s one of the busiest people I know and does a ton of great volunteer work. She’s such a great role model! (she lives in sunnyside, so pretty close to you)

  81. Jen on 19 Dec 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    My Grandma & Grandpa Wood would love this box of cheese and would truly be tickled pink if you were to surprise them. My Grandma is one of the best cooks around. She bakes all her own bread, is a whiz with her pressure cooker, and is famous for her thick molasses cookies. If you were to deliver her a box of cheese, she will surely share some of those cookies with you…and maybe her old fashioned gingersnaps, too. My Grandpa is 97 years old and is in remarkable good health, mostly due to being taken care of by my wonderful Grandma. Cheese is one of his favorite things (along with nuts, chocolate, hot dogs, beer, rum & Coke, and lobster).

  82. Ashley on 19 Dec 2011 at 9:21 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway!

  83. JenF on 20 Dec 2011 at 11:37 am #

    I’d love to give the gift of cheese to my sister-in-law. She’s had a tough month.

  84. Catherine on 20 Dec 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    What an awesome fun idea. I would like to nomimate my co-worker Diana who is nurse at Tom Baker. She is the most fantastic caring nurse and she has recently discovered your fabulous blog! Oh and she loves cheese especially when we have work thro lunches in our busy clinic.

  85. Dawn on 20 Dec 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    I’d like to nominate my brother Brent (and his wife Nancy) who put up my family of 4 every time we visit Calgary, in their little 800 square foot house. They give us their bedroom and are the perfect hosts and they never make a word of complaint. Plus – they love food and they shop at the Coop!

  86. Sweinhardt on 21 Dec 2011 at 1:22 am #

    I have a cheese obsessed friend who would love this! She’s hosting New Year’s and i’d love to recompense her cheesily :D

  87. Sweinhardt on 21 Dec 2011 at 1:22 am #

    I have a cheese obsessed friend who would love this! She’s hosting New Year’s and i’d love to recompense her cheesily :D

  88. Janet Hughes on 21 Dec 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Hi Julie – greetings from Victoria! This is such a fun thing to get to do! One of my coworkers just moved to Calgary with her husband & young children – they don’t know anyone there, and we thought this would be a great welcome for them – plus they’d get to meet you & Mike! Thanks so much for considering my entry.

  89. Tanis on 22 Dec 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    I would surprise my friend Vicki, who I don’t get to see often enough.

  90. Spices of India on 18 Mar 2013 at 7:31 am #

    I am a cheese obessesed ,I love all this products which has been made by cheese liked one thanks !

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