Do you know the difference between an oozy Camembert and a tangy blue? And what are the distinctions between cheese from a cow, sheep, goat or plant? Can you say vegan? And what is this thing called charcuterie? Relax. Your cheese-ology is getting a boost.
Use this handy guide to learn how to build an amazing cheese board — one you can confidently bring to any gathering (if you’re on tap for nibbles) or impress with if you're the host. Either way, these fool-proof, best-in-cheese methods are sure to make you the hit of any party.
How to Choose the Cheeses:
Depending on the size of your gathering, plan for 1–2 ounces of cheese per person. Pick 3 to 4 varieties that include an array of milks, styles and textures. Our favorites include:
How to Pick the Pairings:
Complementary nibbles can help bring out the nuances and flavors of the cheese. Select something from all categories. You can’t go wrong.
How to Serve:
Unwrap 1 hour before serving. “Breathing time” brings out the cheese’s aromatics and nuances. Serve on a rustic board or natural stone. (Bonus points: Label cheeses with tasting notes.)
How to Store:
Cheese is alive! So wrap it neatly in cheese paper (or wax paper will do). That way, the cheese can get some air.
How We Can Help:
At Whole Foods Market, we have 300+ Certified Cheese Professionals in our stores — along with countless cheesemongers. And we’re constantly investing in our cheese smarts, so we’re at the forefront of what’s trending. In a nutshell, we eat, sleep and breathe cheese. (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.) So ask us anything. We’re happy to answer any questions about your selections.