Cheese and wine everybody knows is a perfect combination, right?! What about a tasting menu of cheeses and wines in your own home? A much better deal, don’t you think?! Oh yesssss! For many reason we believe that ! It is WAY cheaper than at a restaurant, you can drink without worrying about driving, you can be creative and add more snacks to your tasting menu, you can take your time without a server rushing you to leave and the process of cooking, creating and decorating is so much fun…and overall, for us there’s no place better than home! So, we decided to give ourselves a treat: we bought great wines, champagne, cheeses, breads, fresh and dried fruits etc. and created an amazing night with delicous food and wine, surrounded with great music and our pups (of course!)!
I don’t know why when people think about doing something at their house, they really believe it can’t be magical, fancy and fun! I think it’s so important to create the atmosphere for the occasion! For example, we wanted this cheese tasting menu night to be something creative with a hint of fancy but at the same time something simple and enjoyable.
To start off we thought first about the table and plates. We wanted the table very thematic! So, we started looking for plates, napkins, platters everything related to cheese and wine. OMG! We found so many things that we had no idea we had! One of reasons I love to create a special night is because we ALWAYS rediscover objects we didn’t know we had or we had forgotten about! For the things we wanted but didn’t have, a trip to Goodwill was a good option!
Being creative is the key to everything! I really wanted the table to have images of cheeses, but I had no clue how to make this idea reality… Walking through our kitchen I saw this big cheese painting on the wall and I thought: I can do something with this! And I did it!
We bought mini wine and champagne glasses and we used the painting as a tray. We didn’t want to put the cheeses there because it would look too busy… That’s why we decided to put the wine tasting over this cheese board. It’s a great opportunity to look at and talk about it. Some of the cheeses on the painting we had also on the table for a tasting. So, it was a cool combination!
Some of the plates we used! We love these plates! A nice dish is as important as an accessory for a look! Invest in colorful dishes to create a festive ambience in your house.
Nuts are also a great addition for a cheese/wine tasting! We made almonds, pecans and pistachios (remember the videos we made of it? here).
Especially if you are going to throw a party, write down somewhere the name of the food! It’s a nice touch you can give to your guests and they would appreciate it!
Be colorful! It’s the perfect chance to use colors on your table. Our choice to use a white tablecloth helped us to not be intimidated by using colors!
Flavor infused salts: black, garlic, merlot and smoked salt. Sometimes a finishing salt is the perfect complimentary flavor and beautiful to the eye! Don’t be shy! Try new ideas!
Don’t miss the opportunity to create amazing food pairings! The pairing of olives, wine and different foods are endless!
Dried fruit is another component you can add to your table to give it flair!
We used a martini glass to put the dried fruit in and it’s also an easy way to reach this delicious finger food. We also had a variety of fresh fruits placed on the table as well…the colors and flavors only added to the rest of the table!!
Oooohh breads!! They are delightful pleasures combined with an assortment of cheeses and wine. Like this crisp rosemary flatbread.
A nice Italian dried meat plate!
Accompaniments are a must have! It could be honey, mustard or flavored jellys. These Mick’s Jellies are amazing!! We bought them at the Pike Place Market here in Seattle. These flavors are hot ginger and hot lime.
Now it’s time to start introducing the big guests of the night!
Writing the name of the cheeses will help you to remember everything you bought and separate the different styles of cheese. Our favorites included a lavender/fennel goat cheese from Oregon and a Brebirousse sheep cheese from France. Make sure you get a variety of cheeses…soft, hard, semi-soft, goat, sheep, cow……You could do an all France tasting, an all cow tasting, an all soft cheese tasting..the possibilities are as endless as your table setting!!!!
With all these foods it’s time to introduce the last but not least important component for this table: our wine platter!
We had champagne, a crisp and light fruity chardonnay, a full bodied cabernet and a portuguese porto to pair with our cheese selection!
This was our final table! A colorful, tasty and beautiful cheese and wine table!
It’s a plus on the table to have fresh flowers!
And don’t forget to get dressed up!! Just because you’re doing this in your house you don’t need to be in “cleaning clothes” lol. Dress accordingly with the beautiful food and drink you worked so hard on! Let’s get this tasting started??!!.
My favorite dip was this greek olive bread with the hot lime jam! I could have it over and over again!
Look at who loves cheese too… Chlo chlo!
We hope this post can inspire you to do the same in your house for a date night or having friends over! Let’s share great food, drinks and great conversations and laughing… because at the end of the day all we need is…
Beijos e Tchau!
Marilyn Chudda and Ludmilla