Make Your Own Cheese Board

Add taste and elegance to your event with a selection of scrumptious cheese. These tips from Giant Eagle® cheese shop make it easy to prepare and present a cheese board that’s sure to please.
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Set cheese out an hour before guests arrive — natural flavors are enhanced at room temperature.

Choosing and Arranging the Cheese

  • Variety is key! Consider your audience and their level of tasting experience and willingness to try new things. Choose an array of flavors, shapes, and cheese colors. Check out the many varieties of domestic and imported cheeses and don't be afraid to ask for a test sample while shopping at Giant Eagle.
  • For a different texture, add a delicious cheese ball. Flavors include blue cheese, Montchevre Fig and Almond, Ambrosia, Sharp Cheddar, and Asiago. And check out the many great cheese spreads and dips in our Dip Destination located in the nearby Deli department.
  • Get creative with your arrangement. Arrange cheese to showcase texture, shape or flavor. For instance, try a full small wheel of Brie in the center surrounded by wedges of blue and Gouda, and you can never go wrong with an Aged Cheddar or Alpine cheese.
  • Garnish with grapes, apples, pears or fresh herbs. Dress up the board with olives, nuts, dried fruit, charcuterie meats like prosciutto, honey for dipping, or a fruit spread or compote. Add delicate crackers or fresh bread and your cheese board is complete!

Serving Tips

  • Plan on a total of 3.5 oz. of cheese per person. If you are serving a large amount of additional food, you may want to reduce the amount.
  • Separate knives are key! Using knives from strongly flavored blue-veined and mold-ripened cheeses can taint the flavors of more delicate cheeses. Additionally, the knives serve different purposes for different cheeses. Knives with points should be used to break off chunks, while the flat knives are meant more for soft cheeses that spread (ex. soft goat cheese).
  • Serve cheese at room temperature to enhance its natural flavor, we recommend about an hour ahead, remove the cheese from the refrigerator and let it sit out to breath.
  • Suggest that guests begin with milder cheeses to prepare their palate for bolder, more assertive varieties later.

Storage Tips

  • Maintain freshness and flavor by storing your cheese in cheesecloth, clear plastic wrap or foil.
  • After wrapping, store cheese on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator.

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