How to Display Cheese For a Cheese and Wine Party | Pottery Barn


Pottery Barn Party Planner:
How to Display Cheese for a Party Hi, I’m Sara Vivenzio of the Cheese School
of San Francisco, here to share with you some presentation tips
for hosting a cheese and wine party at home. First things first, before your guests arrive,
be sure to take your cheeses out of the fridge at least one to two hours before-hand.
It’s crucial that your cheeses are served at room temperature
in order to maximize their flavor. There are several different ways you can approach
your cheese selection I think it’s nice to have a cow, goat,
and a sheep, as well as differing styles and textures of cheese. Also think about color. One thing you can do to
get a lot of the prep work done in advance, is lay your cheeses down on a board,
and out them under a glass dome, they can stay there for several hours
and they’ll be just fine. Then when you’re ready to serve, just
lift off the dome. If you have room for them, one
great thing to do is to concentrate all of your cheeses onto one table,
to give it the look of abundance, and fullness, and also to create
highs and lows. These Pottery Barn wood pedestals are perfect for creating that visual element. And another thing you want to do is punctuate
with color, using fresh fruits or dried fruits
breads, and nuts, it really adds a lot to your table. So that your guests know what you’re eating,
I think it’s important to label your cheeses. And these Pottery Barn porcelain cheese
markers really make the cheeses pop on the table. When putting your cheeses on
the table, place them from mildest to strongest, because you don’t want your guests
eating a blue cheese before they’ve gotten to a softer delicate cheese,
the palette just can’t recover. And when displaying your cheeses,
I like to precut some, and also leave a bigger piece for display, and then with
cheeses that have rinds on them, I think it’s nice to leave some rind on,
just to give a difference in color and texture. All of your cheeses should be assigned their own
knife, you don’t want to muddy flavors by using the same knife on different cheeses. For a harder cheese, you’re going to
want to use a tool like this, which will allow you to chunk the cheese off the
bigger piece. For a softer cheese, this
spreader is a really great tool, and then for a cheese like a brie,
this knife is great because you can cut off your piece of cheese,
and then your guests can pick it up with this end fork. A lot of people ask
me when and where to buy cheese. I think it’s good top buy cheese as
close to the time you’re gonna serve it as possible, and your local cheese shop
is your best resource. Otherwise, a gourmet grocery will
have a great selection. With all of these elements put
together, I know you’ll be able to host a fabulous cheese and wine party
at home. Have fun! Pottery Barn Please visit www.potterybarn.com for
more ideas and inspiration.

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