Holiday entertaining is simpler than you might think. Check out our tips for creating your own holiday cheese board in five simple steps.

1. Select 4-6 cheeses, taking care to incorporate a variety of textures and flavors.

We’ve listed 5 basic cheese categories and our top picks for each, but staff members in our Specialty department are available to make more personalized recommendations for you.

SOFT CHEESES

  • Organic Lacarno
  • Organic Marie Harel Camembert
  • Organic Mt. Tam

BLUE CHEESES

  • Caveman Blue
  • Cascadia Blue
  • Smokey Blue
  • Bay Blue

HARD CHEESES

  • Organic Comte
  • Organic Manchego
  • Estero Gold

SOFT & TANGY CHEESES

  • Sky Hill Chèvre
  • Organic Chèvre
  • Brebisrousse

SEMI-FIRM CHEESES

  • Organic Burroughs Grass to Gold
  • Organic Wagon Wheel
  • Highway One
  • Albala Tierno

2. Add fresh, organic fruit to enjoy alongside the cheese for a refreshing bite and a hint of sweetness.

We recommend grapes, figs or apples, all of which can be found in our 100% organic Produce Department. Check with a Produce staff member for local and seasonal selections.

FRESH FRUIT OPTIONS

  • Organic Grapes
  • Organic Figs
  • Organic Apples

3. For other flavorful add-ons, consider buying in bulk.

Our organic Bulk Department has a number of spiced nuts, dried fruits and honeys that pair wonderfully with cheese and help create limitless flavor options for your board. Additionally, our Olive Bar provides a number of organic and raw options for purchase in bulk.

DRIED FRUIT OPTIONS

  • Organic Dried Apricots
  • Organic Dried Apples
  • Organic Dried Figs

NUT OPTIONS

  • Organic Roasted Almonds
  • Organic Pistachios
  • Organic Walnuts
  • Organic Pecans

OLIVE OPTIONS

  • Organic Sevillianos
  • Organic Castel Vetranos
  • Organic Kalamatas

4. No cheese board is complete without a bit of crunch.

 

Make sure to include a variety of crisps, crackers and toasts for your guests to enjoy with cheese. We recommend providing at least one gluten free option.

CRACKER OPTIONS

  • Organic Flavored Crisps
  • Organic Flatbread Crackers
  • Organic Baked In-House Baguette

5. Serve!

 

Don’t forget separate knives for each type of cheese so you can experience each flavor on its own. Discover which combinations are your favorite and compare with friends.