4 Tips for a Perfect Cheese Plate

4 Tips for a Perfect Cheese Plate

4 Tips for a Perfect Cheese Plate

There’s nothing like those first ooh’s and ah’s from your guests when they catch sight of a beautiful cheese spread. Once you know the basic rules of building an impressive cheese platter, they’re actually very easy to throw together. Here are 4 rules to help you build a beautiful cheese board every time.

1. Choose 3 - 6 kinds of cheese

This will give you enough variety, without overwhelming your palate. Look for a variety of milk-types, styles, ages, and textures. If the cheese plate is an appetizer, you want to feed each person 1 - 2oz of cheese total. If it’s the main course, aim for 3 - 4oz.

2. Add a variety of accompaniments

Get creative and pair your cheese with a mix of sweet, savory, juicy, and crunchy items. One accompaniment per cheese is a great rule of thumb. Keep messy things like olives and jams in a separate bowl to keep it from contaminating the cheese.

How to Build a Cheese Plate

3. Bring everything to room temperature

Refrigeration dulls the flavor and changes the texture of cheese, so let the soft ones sit out for 20 minutes, and firmer wedges for up to an hour. Accompaniments taste better at room temperature as well.

4. Cut the cheese just before serving

You don’t need to break down every wedge, but slicing off a few pieces will help guide your guests and keep your platters pretty. Check out our guide to cutting cheese here, and remember to use a different knife for each cheese so you don’t mix flavors  

Got some leftovers? Just wrap each wedge of cheese in Formaticum.



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September

The Maine Cheese Festival
Sunday, September 8th
Pittsfield, Maine 

A gathering of over 25 Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers coupled with brewers, wineries, cideries, food trucks, and artisans offering up their goods to sample and enjoy. The festival is a fundraiser  for the Maine Cheese Guild, a non-profit trade organization that works year-round to educate Maine cheesemakers and elevate the quality of Maine cheese and dairy.

SF Cheese Fest
Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, 15th
Sand Francisco, California
California’s premier urban cheese festival features more than 20 of the state’s artisan cheesemakers showcasing their cheeses. Sip on local beverages, enjoy  live music, and meet some of the best cheesemakers in the area.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival
Saturday, September 14th
Seattle, Washington
This annual festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and try out their products! Tickets include all cheese samples and three drink tickets.

Lakeridge Winery’s Wine & Cheese Festival
Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, 15th
Clermont, Florida
Come for a complimentary wine tasting with samples of cheese to pair while enjoying live music, Lakeridge wine by the glass, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food available for purchase.

Slow Food Cheese Festival
Wednesday, September 18th - Wednesday, September 25th
Bra, Italy
Eat, drink and learn about cheese, wine, charcuterie, bread and pasta at the world’s biggest international foodie event. Held in the Piemonte countryside, farmers, cheesemakers, cheesemongers and affineurs take over the streets of Bra to celebrate the best cheeses in the world.

October

American Cheese Month
All month
Nationwide
Cheese lovers nationwide honor domestic wedges and wheels with classes, specials, tastings, and more. Ask your local cheese shop how they’re celebrating American cheese, or host a tasting yourself.

The Wedge
Saturday, October 5th
Portland, Oregon
A Farmers Market-style event celebrating cheese and the foods/beverages that pair with it. Sample and shop local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider, or learn a little at a class or seminar.

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Expo
Sunday, October 13
Riverbank, CA
An annual tasting event that features locally produced artisanal cheeses, wines, and craft beers. Everything is individually chosen to highlight the best of the region.  

Cheesefest Australia
Saturday October 26th to Sunday October 27th
Adelaide, South Australia 
Australia’s biggest Cheese Festival and only Fermentation Festival has been combined into one event. Celebrate cheese and wine with all things fermented. Enjoy free cooking demos, guided tastings, and lots of snacks, too.

November

Massachusetts Cheese Festival
Saturday, November 2nd 
Somerville, Massachusetts
Sample and purchase dozens of different cheeses, beverages and local foods and meet some of Massachusetts’ award-winning artisan cheesemakers at this event that features educational sessions with local cheese experts.

The Global Cheese Technology Forum 
Tuesday, November 5th - Thursday, November 7th 
Reno, Nevada
This biennial event is designed to provide the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry and provide knowledge, education and networking.

Cheese Berlin
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th 
Berlin, Germany
This annual fest in Berlin’s Markthalle Neun is driven by a Slow Food ethos; it’s a great spot to sample artisanal and traditional wheels from throughout Europe.

Grant Park Wine and Cheese Fest
Saturday, November 9th
Atlanta, Georgia
Don’t miss Grant Park Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Festival in Historic Grant Park. Featuring locally made wine and delectable cheese to pair it with, there should be something for everyone to enjoy!  

Cheese Festa
Monday, November 11th
Tokyo, Japan
Did you know that this will be Japan’s 27th year celebrating a national Cheese Day? Explore the country’s elusive cheese scene at this annual festival. 

Fête des Fromage
Wednesday, November 13th, Friday November 15th to Saturday November 16th
New Orleans, Louisiana
Back for a second year, Fête des Fromages, otherwise known as the NOLA Cheese Fest, is a celebration of all things cheese set against the backdrop of the culinary mecca of New Orleans. Taste more than 150 cheeses and meet cheesemakers from around the world on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. 

December

10th Annual Crucolo Parade
Thursday, December 5th
Concord, Massachusetts
See the largest wheel of Italian Cheese in the Western Hemisphere as it arrives on a horse-drawn cart accompanied by music, dancing, proclamations, and of course — sampling!

Cheese Fest UK
Saturday, December 7th
Bath, United Kingdom
Experience some of the greatest cheeses in the world with melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, top notch toasties, and a whole host of unique slices and cheese innovations from the UK’s best traders. 

Say Cheese Wine Trail
Saturday, December 14th - Sunday, December 15th
Hermann, Missouri
Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative. Held annually the second weekend of December, this event coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market. 

The Most Decadent New Year's Eve! @ Murray's Cheese
Tuesday, December 31st
New York, New York
Ring in the new year by sipping on Champagne and enjoy a tasting of  foie gras, caviar, honest-to-goodness truffles, and of course, the best cheeses Murray’s have to offer, some of which are so special that they're only available during the holidays!


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