Have you ever wondered how to serve cheese platters or how to
Several of our members have asked about the best way to arrange or
set up cheese tasting parties or cheese plates for dinners, so we
have put together this guide for you. We hope that the following
suggestions will help you to plan your party and enjoy your
cheeses. Please feel free to experiment and expand on any and all
of the ideas.
ALWAYS ALLOW YOUR CHEESES TO REACH ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE SERVING
Step 1. Decide how many guests you will have
Step 2. Decide on your theme.
Will it be French or Spanish or maybe cheeses from one particular
region in Australia or maybe all ewe’s milk cheeses (we like this
Step 3. For an appetiser or a cheese course in a dinner party, use
50 – 100 grams per person total for all cheeses. This means that
if you have 6 guests and want to serve 3 cheeses then you would
need around 150 – 200 grams of each cheese on the platter. This
will ensure that each cheese looks substantial on the platter and
as the host you can enjoy any of the leftovers the next day!
How Do I Create a Stunning Cheese Platter or Cheese Board ?
A cheese board or cheese plate is a collection of cheeses that are
set out for the purposes of tasting and comparing or as an
appetizer course. The cheese board should be composed of a minimum
of three and a maximum of six cheeses arranged on a large serving
area . The serving or presentation area should be large enough so
that the cheeses do not touch each other or co-mingle while being
handled, this will prevent mixing of the aromas and flavours and
create a better visual presentation and we all know how we eat with
The selection should be diverse enough to offer different textures
(i.e soft semi-hard and hard) but not too many to overwhelm the
guests palates. You may want to label the cheeses and provide a
brief description and country of origin for each one, although I
find that for dinner parties I prefer to “show off” by talking on
the cheeses. If you are unsure about them always ask lots of
questions from the delicatessen that you purchased them from and
take notes. Alternatively you can google them once you get home.
Just remember to write down the names and producers of the cheeses
before you leave the shop! Always provide plain crackers, olives,
fruit spreads and/or fresh fruits as accompaniments for the cheeses.
To continue your theme consider offering wines from the same
country and region as that of the cheeses.
In my next chat I’ll talk about how to host a great cheese and wine
Keep being ewenique!