Include a variety of textures and flavors

Select cheeses by type of milk (cow, goat, sheep) for a variety of flavors

Remove cheese from the refrigerator an hour before serving

Set out a separate knife for each cheese

Label your cheese and charcuterie selections

YES – you can eat the rind unless there is wax or words

If serving fruit – choose something that does not brown easily or leak

Befriend your store’s cheesemonger, they can help you pick a cheese

How to Build a Cheese Plate

Trust us, building an epic cheese plate isn’t as hard or intimidating as you might think. Just follow this easy cheesy guide and you will surely impress your friends (and yourself).

Choose one (or more) from each category – we’ve included some of our favorites as suggestions:

  • Something Hard: Gruyere, Parmesan Reggiano
  • Something Soft: Brie, Camembert, Cheddar (make sure you add a little blue cheese like Roquefort)
  • Something Cured: Prosciutto, Genoa Salami
  • Something Cooked: Roasted Turkey
  • Something Jammy: Mango, Chutney, Bacon Jam, Raspberry Preserves
  • Something Crunchy: Marcona Almonds, Cashews
  • Something Fresh: Grapes, Pear, Figs
  • Something Pickled: Beets, Olive, Pickles
  • Something Dried: Apricots, Cherries, Dates
  • Something Bready: Flat Bread, Crackers, Crostini, Baguette