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Cheese Plate 101

We love a good cheese plate and they’re our go-to when having friends over. They’re super easy to create, pair well with wine, and are a crowd pleaser. We’ve gathered some simple tips to build a beautiful plate that’s sure to impress your guests.

1. Include fresh or dried fruit as a compliment to the cheese. Our go-tos are grapes, berries, dried apricots, or anything seasonal, but any fruit will work.


2. Add a colorful garnish of fresh herbs or flowers.

3. Use mini bowls to hold dips, smaller snacks, and to add some height to your plate.

Photo: Jessica Manning

Build your cheese plate with any variety of items that offer a mix of flavors and textures.
-Cured meats
-Various cheeses (we like one soft cheese and one hard)
-Fresh fruit (whatever is your favorite or in season)
-Dried fruit
-Something spreadable (honey, jam, mustard, or tapenade)
-Fresh vegetables (carrots, snap peas, or cherry tomatoes are all good options)
-Olives or nuts
-Crackers or small slices of bread

Just arrange everything on a plate (like our dinner plate) and serve with your favorite wine.

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