Last night my girlfriends and I decided to have a fun night in. After a long day at work, I invited them all over for some small bites and wine. 

Serving a great cheese platter is an art. Think of the board as your canvas and the cheese, breads, fruits, nuts, crackers, olives, and spreads as your paint. Incorporating different colors and textures is very important, to allow for diversity on your platter. 

1. Choose a fun variety of cheeses: different textures, countries, and all three milk types (goat, sheep, cow). Variety is key! But make sure to include one familiar cheese, as some of your guests may not be as adventurous. 

2. Pick the perfect pairing. Whether it be crackers, pita chips, crostini, or small breads place the cheese near so your guests can pair them correctly. 

3. Picking the garnishes is just as important as your cheese selection. Be sure to have something sweet (such as fresh grapes, pear, or fig compote) as well as something salty (almonds, pistachios, or cured meats). I like to also incorporate olives on the side (blue cheese stuffed are my favorite). 

4. Don’t forget the wine! 

Some important tips to remember:

* Take the cheese out of the fridge at least an hour before serving. Cheese should be eaten at room temperature, when it’s at its full flavor and texture.
* Put out a few different knives. Different cheeses will crumble if you use the wrong knife. Pick up a cheese knife set at a store such as Crate and Barrel or Williams Sonoma to slice your cheeses perfectly. 
* If you have leftovers, don’t store the cheese in Saran Wrap or a plastic bag. Cheese needs to be stored in parchment or wax paper so it can breathe.