Creating the Ultimate Cheese Course, and other elegant party menu ideas combining gourmet cheeses and wines is a lot of fun with endless possibilities for creativity and variations on all sorts of themes.
As with any party planning, the more attention you pay to planning and details ahead of time will be well worth it - and will allow you as hostess, to relax and enjoy yourself on the day of the party. So first there are a few questions you'll need to answer:
Estimating portion sizes:
Other Cheese Course Tips:
You don't need any fancy equipment or accessories to present your selection of cheeses. A large tray or 2, an attractive cutting board or piece of marble, cheese knives for serving, cloth napkins, small plates, inexpensive wine glasses, serving plates and/or baskets for food accompaniments such as bread, crackers, fruits, nuts, etc.. Depending on the type of occasion and number of guests, there are a number of easy presentation ideas I'll share with you.
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There are different ways to organize a Cheese Tasting.
And because there are different approaches, it's best for you to select one method for your
party, and ignore the others for another time, another party.
You'll be arranging your cheese selections on a table, or individually on plates for each person. How should you do it?
Well, first you want to select 3-5 or more cheeses which exhibit a natural progression - of milk type, variety, texture, or flavor. Here are some examples.
If you decide you want to feature cheeses from one country at your party - such as France, Italy or Britain
- you would select 3-5-9 cheeses, thinking about the progressions I
just mentioned. For more ideas about different international cheeses you
might feature, you'll get lots of ideas and help when you visit
Artisanal Cheese (1 of my 2 very favorite cheese shops!) online.
If your guests are real cheese connoisseurs, you might want to feature a comparison tasting of 3-5 goat cheeses, ranging from fresh young chèvres on up to superb aged goat cheeses. Or several different Cheddars from Britain and the U.S.. Or even 3-5 Blue cheeses from different countries for comparison. There are a lot of good choices for themes and cheese selections. So don't get overwhelmed by details and choices. Just decide on one menu idea for your Cheese Course according to your own preferences and go from there.
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