Cheese Board Essentials

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In the past year, I have become a huge cheese fanatic.

We began to work with the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival at the studio, which introduced me to the world of artisan cheesemaking. Naturally, most of our meetings with them include a large spread of delicious artisanal cheeses from farms around Vermont. This has caused two major changes: 1. I can no longer purchase non-Vermont cheese.  2. I can spend $50 at the cheese counter without batting an eyelash.

If you haven't heard yet, you probably will soon -- Vermont is kicking ass and taking names in the cheese world. In the past decade Vermont cheesemakers have begun to gain some major recognition. Just last week Vermont Creamery, Grafton Village Cheese, and the Cellars at Jasper Hill won multiple Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Super Gold (whaaaaaat?!) awards at the World Cheese Awards in London. California, Wisconsin...France -- I'd watch out. Vermont is here, and we're clearly not messing around.

Anyways, I have developed a real affinity for cheese. Previously, I was sort of put off by the whole la-de-da-wine-and-cheese-tasting thing. It all seemed so very snobby to me. Come to find out, this is only the case if you're sitting around with a bunch of snobby people. Duh.

A cheese tasting goes perfectly with an afternoon or evening with friends. Just grab a few types of cheeses (here's an unsnobby guide to creating an easy cheeseboard), some crackers, jams, spreads, and wine. You don't need a ton of fancy supplies, but having a couple nice tools (from Brooklyn Slate) on hand pulls the tasting together nicely. And make you feel like an adult. Even if you end up drinking the wine out of a coffee mug and eating the cheese in your sweats (guilty).

  1. Yes, you could use your sh*tty plastic Ikea cutting board. But a quality cheese board makes it all taste better, I swear. // Slate Cheese Board, Brooklyn Slate
  2. Perfect for those soft and spreadable cheeses. Made in Vermont, using locally sourced maple!// Wooden Cheese Knife, Brooklyn Slate
  3. Wanna go from plain to Pinterest in .2 seconds? Label the cheeses on your slate board. // Soapstone Pencil, Brooklyn Slate
  4. It's just a prettier way to open your wine. // Prism Corkscrew, Brooklyn Slate
  5. Pack up your board, cheeses, some beverages, and take your tasting on the go. // Bento Bag, Brooklyn Slate
  6. If there was anything on this list that was absolutely necessary, it's this. Don't let your leftover cheese dry out in the fridge! // Cheese Paper, Brooklyn Slate