One Expert Cheese Platter

November 23, 2015

Step up to the plate this holiday season with cheeses hand-picked by a pro.

A party without a cheese plate just plain stinks. So to please your party guests all holiday season long, stock the fridge with fromage that everyone will love. For the best selections at the best prices, we reached out to the Big Cheese of the buying world: Cathy Strange, the global buyer for Whole Foods. Below, she shares her top picks available at Whole Foods nationwide, plus a few of her favorite accoutrements. Served on our divide marble server (with cheese cutters), mint plate, and in our steel snack bowl, these cheese platter ideas are sure to impress your crowd.

Hervé Mons Camembert: “This Whole Foods Market private label Camembert is an exclusive recipe developed by Hervé Mons. Guests will enjoy this full-flavored and smooth-textured cheese from Normandy cow milk.”

BŪF Creamery Buffalo Mozzarella: “This fresh tasting mozzarella is made from the milk of free-range, grass-fed buffalo right at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Colombia. The result is rich, pristine milk that yields a creamy texture and clean flavor.”

Borough Market Stilton: “This Colston Basset Stilton cheese made from pasteurized cow milk with vegetable rennet has as rich, minerally tang and a butter texture.”

Isigny Sainte-Mère Bonhomme Brie: “Made from grass-fed cows in Normandy, this Whole Foods Market exclusive cheese product is rich with pleasant mushroom flavors and luscious mouthfeel.”

Borough Market Clothbound Cheddar: “This cheese is made in the UK by Mary Quicke’s family with a mixture of both Holsetin-Friesian and Swedish Red pasteurized cow milk. The flavor has a creamy mouthfeel that’s both gentle and sweet.”

Principe’s San Daniele Prosciutto: “Aged to perfection at least 400 days, this PDO Prosciutto from the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in the hilly area around the town of San Daniele is an Italian classic. Enjoy the velvety texture with complex flavors and slightly sweet notes with an amazingly clean finish. The only ingredients are pig legs from Italy and salt.”

Nuts Over Olives by Bobbysue’s Nuts: “Select nuts and olives are oven-roasted and enveloped in a crunchy, not too sweet, meringue coating kissed with herbs and spices.”