It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day in the U.S. and it has me thinking about how cheesy some people can be with serving cheese. A collectista should always be prepared to serve a chic cheese tray at a moment’s notice. Whether it’s for evening cocktails, houseguests, or a predinner party, the right cheese and accoutrements can make or break your social gathering. Therefore, I visited Norbert at the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills to prepare this effortless entertaining guide for you. Read on to save über amounts of time, energy, and expense.
1. THE MOST IMPORTANT CHEESES TO HAVE ON YOUR TRAY
To create the perfect, basic cheese tray, cover the four food groups. Choose one goat, one cow, one sheep, one blue. Within these four genres you should then sort from soft to more aged and crumbly. Then, on the next level, it is most fabulous to vary by country. Hence, do a cheese from France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, or Holland. Yes, odd numbers are visually popular with collectistas. So, if you must, throw in a United States cheese for a wild card.
2. WHICH CHEESE KNIFE TO USE WITH WHICH CHEESE?
The knives are seriously all about presentation. In actuality, any serrated cheese knife with holes and a spiked end is best. If you want to be fancy, a gold one is quite lovely. Just skip the shavers. They tend to turn the whole tray into a big mess.
3. THE BEST CHEESE TRAY
Again, it’s all about the impression you want to make. The only variation that could affect taste is porosity. A treated pine board is always fabulous. However, slate and marble are just as wonderful.
4. THE BEST CHEESE ACCOUTREMENTS
The more amazing the cheese, the less you should serve with it. For instance, if you have a fantastic truffle cheese, serve it with nothing. You want to really taste the cheese. Otherwise, fig, apricot, or honey are always perfect accompaniments. Whatever you do, don’t serve cheese with any fruits that are too citrusy.
5. WHICH WINE WITH WHICH CHEESE?
Norbert stresses that cheese tasting is not a science. Have fun with it and experiment! There are no hard-core rules. However, if you are one who needs structure, you can follow these few tips. First, any triple cream is most marvelous with champagne or white wine. Second, goats tend to pair best with whites. Last, if you want to be safe, stay within regions. Generally, wherever the cheese is made, a wine from the same country will work beautifully.
The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
419 North Beverly Drive