variety-cheeses

Cheese Party Checklist

What you’ll need for a tasting party of 12 people.

Cheeses: Serve a selection of 3 to 5 cheeses (see below for suggestions).

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    3/4 pound blue cheese

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    3/4 pound semifirm cheese

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    3/4 pound super-aged cheese

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    3/4 pound pungent cheese

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    3/4 pound mild cheese

Accompaniments

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    1 bunch grapes

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    2 boxes crackers

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    1 baguette

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    1 small jar honey

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    1 small jar chutney

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    1 small jar sun-dried tomatoes

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    2 dried sausages or 1 pound sliced cured meat (such as prosciutto or capicola)

Wines

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    4 bottles red

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    4 bottles white

Optional Upgrades

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    2 apples

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    2 pears or figs

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    1 loaf raisin-walnut bread

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    8 ounces dried nectarines or peaches

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    1 small jar cornichons or gherkins

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    1 small jar blueberry honey

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    1 small jar piquillo peppers

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    1 small package quince paste

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    1 small jar Dijon mustard

Essential Party Supplies

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    2 to 3 cheese boards, platters, or plates for the cheeses

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    5 to 6 small bowls and plates for the accompaniments

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    3 to 5 cheese or other knives for cutting and spreading

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    4 to 5 spoons and spreaders for the accompaniments

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    12 or more wineglasses

Extra Party Supplies

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    Dairy jugs, mugs, creamers, or vases

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    Flowers

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    Cheese comment cards

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    Craft tags

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    3 to 5 Seckel pears or some other small stemmed fruit

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    Cheese wrappers