Step 1: Don't Overdo It
- Too many cheese varieties will overwhelm your palate and your guests!
- The plate is too crowded and is beginning to look like a cheese sculpture...
- Step away from the toothpicks. It's perfectly okay to use your fingers (or claws).
- One knife for each cheese should do to avoid cross-contamination—especially for that Blue Stilton!
- A simple arrangement on a clean cutting board brings all the attention to where it should be—the cheese.
Step 2: Don't Leave Them Wanting
- This cheese is sliced grossly thin. It looks stingy, and guests will not be able to taste the flavors.
- This cheese was brought straight from the refrigerator to the table and is still cold.
- Potato Chips do not make sufficient vehicles for cheese as they break too easily.
- Go for thick, hearty slices of cheese that you can really sink your teeth into!
- Cheese is meant to be consumed at room temperature, so plan accordingly!
Step 3: Don't Confuse Your Guests
- Steer clear from pre-sliced cheeses and hard cooking cheeses—these have no place on your platter!
- No consideration for arrangement here... and are those papers edible?
- This looks like a terrible game of Blue-Cheese-Roulette.
- Select one familiar cheese to help your less adventurous guests dive in. TJ's Unexpected Cheddar is a real crowd pleaser
- Arrange your cheeses from mild to strong, no surpises here!