Last week, we invited my friend Andrea and her husband to dinner. I’m not sure who told her that the quickest way to my heart is to bring me blue cheese and honeycomb…but it worked. Now, Andrea also happens to be a major foodie and professional pastry chef, so it’s no wonder she appreciates the awesomeness that is Bayley Hazen Blue. The combination of the nutty buttery cheese with sweet fresh honeycomb from Savannah Bee was the starting point for this perfect cheese plate that A & I enjoyed in front of the fire on Saturday night. I added wedges of sharp vermont cheddar and aged parmigiano reggiano, black pepper water crackers and marcona almonds (heaven!), poured glasses of sauvignon blanc and I’m telling you, it really doesn’t get better. Keep reading for more images and a few of my tips on creating the perfect cheese plate of your own…

The honeycomb that started it all…

The fantastic thing about a cheese plate is that the “perfect” combination varies based on seasonality and what happens to be in my fridge…the possibilities really are endless! A few rules of thumb:

  • Serve one to two ounces of cheese per person.
  • Let the cheese sit at room temp for an hour before serving – flavors are enhanced when the cheese isn’t cold.
  • Include a mix of fresh, aged, soft and hard cheeses.
  • Arrange—and sample—the cheeses starting with the freshest and lightest, ending with the ripest and most intense.
  • Talk to the people in the cheese department – see what their current faves are!
  • Try adding pears, dried cherries, walnuts and soft baguette to dress up up the plate and add a variety of flavors to complement the cheese.

AND, while I was working on this post, I asked for all of your best tips on Facebook & Twitter. Here are some of the amazing tips your fellow readers shared…and don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite cheese tray additions are!

“Cheese tasting essentials: almonds, olives, figs, honey comb, humbolt fog cheese, Brie and baguette.” – @caitlinflemming
“YUM! I like to pair soft sharp cheeses (blue brie- amazing) w fruit or preserves and nuttier cheeses with spicier spreads.” – @casielee
“I’ve been really into quince paste. it goes well with hard and soft cheeses…” – @kfleisher
“I love figs for fall.” – @coolkates
“Flags to label them! Fun lil DIY that can make it festive!” – @eventsbydecision
“Be sure to have other “complements”, i.e. wine, nuts, fruit/dried fruit, crackers of all sorts, to accentuate the flavors.” – @whitneyct
“Roaring 40s blue is one of my absolute faves.” – @lovelydetails
“…goat cheese with cracked black pepper and hints of honey. It goes so well on warm crunchy bread for breakfast, even!” – Kirbi
“Manchego! Always one of our favorites!” – Eleanor
“Research the cheese’s origin, type of milk, aging process and of course the wine to pair it with.” – Jerad
“Have three milks represented – cow, goat, and sheep.” – Emily
Bon appétit!

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Comments (22)
  1. 1
    Rebecca - A Daily Something November 8, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Oh man, that honey comb paired with the cheese. YUM! Great pictures and styling!! I want cheese and grapes now!

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    Harriet November 8, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Camille those pictures have made me starving for cheese!!! I themed a whole date just so that I could have a cheese board: http://reallyprettyinteresting.blogspot.com/2011/10/paris-je-taime.html

    and if you are a fan of red and can get hold of Les Jamelles Syrah (shiraz) then it is utterly delicious with a cheese plate! And as for my favourite condiment? Quince jelly – every time.

    xx

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    Emily @ Little Bits of Delight November 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I feel so famous – Thanks for including me, Camille!

    I should note that “my” tip actually came from a good friend – the cheese buyer for Truckee CA’s (Lake Tahoe) New Moon Foods… So thanks to Aaron, too!

    P.S. What an awesome job THAT is… (He picks the beer, too.)

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    Neda November 8, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Love these selections of cheeses. I also love orange blossom honey as an addition to my cheese plates…:)

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    • Camille Styles November 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

      oh that sounds incredible…I love orange blossom anything!!

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    Kirbi Knop November 8, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for the shout out, Camille! This post has me dying for a cheese plate right now. Lunch? I think yes!

    I love following you here and on Facebook and Twitter, such great style and inspiration. You can find me on my Houston-based event design/rental company’s soon to launch website and blog in just a few days! @astylecollectiv http://www.astylecollective.com

    xo,
    Kirbi Knop @kirbiknop

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    • Camille Styles November 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Awesome! Can’t wait to follow along!

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    Whitney November 8, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I will definitely reference this the next time I have a get-together for wine and cheese. Thanks for the quote, Camile! 😉

    Whitney
    @whitneycf

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    Marianne {Style For Living} November 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love the new look of your site!!!! It’s gorgeous. The cheese plate looks delish too!

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    Will November 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Camille! Your new look is FAB-U-LOUS! The perfect evolution of the old site, with the hint of turquoise blue from your old header in the scroll over navigation. Great job! 🙂

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    • Camille Styles November 8, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Will…you amaze me with your powers of observation. Good eye… and much appreciated!! 🙂

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    Tiffany @ Savor Home November 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love cheese and your platter is gorgeous. I love addition of the honeycomb!

    Love your new site, too!

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    gemma @ well seasoned November 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I LOVE cheese, and your gorgeous photos are sooooooo appetizing! For me it’s all about chutney/pickles/relishes with cheese, here’s a recent post of mine for Beetroot, chilli & balsamic relish along with a picture of a cheeseboard chez moi! http://www.well-seasoned.co.uk/2011/11/roast-beetroot-chilli-balsamic-relish.html

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    • Camille Styles November 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      That sounds amazing – thanks for sharing!!!

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    Rowaida Flayhan November 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Going to the kitchen now to make a cheese platter looks delicious Camille Love love cheese

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    Kasey November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Aw thanks for including me! Try it! 🙂

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    Cory Ryan November 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    I love all cheese, but brie will always hold a special place in my heart.

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    • Camille Styles November 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Ditto – served warm and topped with sweet chutney…brie is hard to beat. 😉

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    • Chanel Dror November 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      Oh! You be me to the punch… me too!

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    Andrea November 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    So happy to hear the honeycomb was a hit! I’m going to have to get myself some now so I can replicate your ultimate plate!

    Andrea

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    • Camille Styles November 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

      It was A-MAZING. Thank you again for being the perfect dinner party guest! 😉

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