1. Keep It Simple
While you may think that a cheeseboard needs to be elaborate and extravagant, this could be further from the truth. Depending on how many guests you’re serving, you typically don’t need to offer more than three or four different kinds of cheese. Consider the tastes of your guests and go for crowd favorites over something from uncharted territory. Deciding on a theme can make the selection process easier. Perhaps a variety of cheeses from the same milk source, such as goat cheese, or a selection of different cheeses from the same region of the world. You can also go for a textural variety.
The items paired with your cheeses can also be kept simple, as the focus is meant to be on the cheese itself. A plain bread or cracker (flavored options will distract from the flavor of the cheese), one in season fruit, a jam or honey, and something savory are all you need to complement your cheeses. If you’re serving your cheeseboard prior to dinner or between courses, you can choose more savory options. If you plan to use the cheeseboard prior to or as dessert, go for something sweeter.
2. You Eat With Your Eyes First
One of the reasons for keeping your offerings simple is to avoid an over crowded cheese board. When there’s too much going on things can quickly become messy and unattractive. By choosing a large enough cheeseboard and not going overboard with options, you can ensure that your it doesn’t look mangled by the time your guests are through. If you don’t like the look of a large cheese board, you can always use more than one. Just make sure there’s enough room so that your guests can actually access the different cheeses and accompaniments.
3. Take It Easy
You want your cheeseboard to be nearly effortless, for both you and your guests. By taking your cheeses out of the fridge about an hour prior to serving they’ll be easier to cut and your guests will get to experience a fuller flavor. t can also help to slice your cheeses prior to serving. This will help keep things simple for your guests as there’s nothing worse than struggling to serve yourself while others wait behind you. The cheese and accompanying sweet or savory items should be cut into wedges and strips that can be eaten in a few bites or easily fit on a cracker. The point of a cheeseboard is to provide an elegant but easy offering for your guests.
You put a lot of time and effort into building your luxury custom home, and the same qualities should be apparent whenever you host a gathering. Attention to details in the little things, like the wine and cheese you serve at a party, reflect a greater attention to detail that is apparent in your home. At Empire Custom Builders we apply this same dedication to quality when working with you through every step of the luxury custom home building process. Contact us today to learn more.