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.

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