Crafting the Perfect Cheese Board

Butcher Block Gourmet Store

Thursday, March 21, 2019

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Assembling the perfect cheese board is easier than you think. Start with a visit to Butcher Block Gourmet Store where an assortment of fine European cheeses is available each day. But what to choose? An easy rule of thumb is one soft, one hard/semi-firm, one blue and one goat. If you're still not sure, ask Butcher Block Master Meat Crafter and Chef Gregory Burrowes for his suggestions.


Then you'll have to get a cheese board and cheese knives. Of course, Butcher Block stocks these tools, including top-quaily stainless steel cheese knives from France. What cheese board is complete without crispy things? In-store there is a bounty of crackers, flatbread crisps and chips to eat with the fine cheeses. Ensure you grab jars of marmalade, preserves or honey, which go great with cheese.


Next up: pickled things like roasted yellow and red peppers, olives and capers; and condiments like Scotch bonnet sauce (shout-out to Simo's Bread and Catering) and aged balsamic. Oh, don't forget the charcuterie! Butcher Block has a wonderful locally made selection from our friend Simon Levy at Roast Meats. Finish the cheese board with grapes and thin slices of apples or pears; nuts and dried fruit; and a dip such as hummus.


Arrange the items attractively, pop open a bottle or two of wine and allow your guests to graze and partake of a cheese board that we're sure will become your dinner party trademark. Fun fact: for the rest of March, with the purchase of any bottle of Italian wine, customers will receive a crystal wine glass.


However, if you're not in the mood (or you're too busy) to assemble, call ahead and place an order so Burrowes and the team can create the ultimate cheese board for you.


For more tips and to purchase fine European cheeses, pop by:

Master Meat Crafter Gregory Burrowes

Located at Butcher Block, Upper Manor Park Plaza Shop #A7

Or telephone 876-668-4481

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