Looking for a simple yet sophisticated entertainment solution with no cooking and little preparation? Take a cue from wine bars and serve a cheese course.
Select as many as five cheeses from the same family, such as cheddars or blues, or the same texture, such as semi-soft or hard. Offer accompaniments of hearty breads, toasted nuts and a colorful array of fresh and dried fruits that complement the cheeses.
To find out which wines and foods best pair with your favorite cheeses, check out the virtual cheese shop on ilovecheese.com.
The interactive cheese display features photos of more than 30 cheeses as well as cheese profiles describing taste, texture and appearance. Recommended wine and food accompaniments and alternative cheeses are suggested for easy entertaining solutions.
A free cheese-pairings guide to matching more than three dozen cheese varieties with wines, beers and other beverages and foods is available from Organic Valley.
The brochure, which folds out to a color poster, is available by calling (888) 444-6455. Request a copy online at www.organicvalley.com; click on What's New. Or write to Cheese Guide, Consumer Services, Organic Valley, 507 W. Main St., La Farge, Wis. 54639.