Cheese board featuring cheese, grapes, and assorted fruit

Cheese Boards 101: Three Great Tips for Successful Cheeseboards

Spring, summer, fall, or winter: regardless of the season, cheese boards will always be a mainstay of hosting, party planning, and general snacking! At PCM, we make it our business to know how to create a beautiful and delicious cheese board. Here are our top three tips on how to kick off your cheese board artistry!

Tip #1
Variety is the heart of the cheeseboard, so be mindful of flavor, texture and color when building one. Mix the type of milk  cow, sheep and goat – as well as the firmness of cheeses, from fresh and soft to hard and crumbly. Color, from a rusty washed rind or a pale blue cheese, adds both visual appeal and diverse flavor. Place 3-5 different cheese, depending on the size of the party and the course for which it’s being served.

Tip #2
Don’t get caught with an empty platter! As for quantities, a good rule of thumb is to provide 2-4 ounces of each cheese on the board per guest. Place just one wedge of each cheese on the board at a time with the assorted accompaniments, and refresh the board as needed during the party. 

Tip #3
The finishing touches can elevate a cheeseboard from good to outstanding, and choosing the right ones couldn’t be easier. Simply complement with wines, fruits, nuts, charcuterie and other accouterments that are native to the regions where the cheeses are produced to create an authentic, flavorful, expert cheeseboard.