How-To: Simple Cheese Plate

A great cheese plate is the perfect anchor for a brunch wedding. As you’re standing in the grocery store aisle, do not feel overwhelmed by the number of options you have.  Here’s a quick break down to help you prepare and serve a delicious spread while still keeping everything nice and simple. Simple Cheese Plate

Tastes & Textures
To keep your plate interesting, it’s best to put out a sampling of cheeses with different tastes and textures.  Mix mild and strong; soft to hard; cow, goat, and sheep. Simple.

Keep your pairings simple as well.  A fresh baguette always works, as do jarred preserves.  A small variety of dried fruits and nuts helps bring in the sweet and salty element.

Most cheeses are at their best at room temperature so bring them out about an hour before guests arrive.  To make sure each cheese is individually enjoyed, provide a separate knife for each variety.

It’s really hard to go wrong with something like this; try new options and experiment.  Several of Virginia’s amazing vineyards and festivals offer wine and cheese pairing events, which is a great excuse/opportunity to learn!