A truly spectacular cheese plate considers more than just the finest and most delicate or pungent tasting cheeses, considering all of the world of endless possible flavor combinations, to deepen and enhance the flavor notes of the cheese you’ve selected, bringing in the freshest, local, seasonal accompaniments that modernize the plate, blowing that stuffy air of the “old” cheese plate out the window. In this class, we’ll focus on providing the perfect seasonal companions to rev up your cheese plates and discuss how designing it into something special puts the “cherry” on top. All of these accompaniments can make a cheese plate so amazingly modern and decadent just by simply placing focus on the accompaniments to the cheese. The cheese is still a crucial component of the cheese plate, but the focus here is on the extras! We’ll talk about all of these potential ways to dress up your cheese plate, from blanketing flavorful spreads to composing local tomato jams to preparing spicy, herby crackers with a crunch- there are so many ways to make a cheese plate glow! Considering factors such as crunchy versus crisp versus soft breads, using fruits or vegetables, spicy to mild to sweet to savory flavor notes, and shapes and visual appeal, every cheese plate in your path will become a work of art with this inspiring take on making the cheese plate something to swoon over! See the cheese plate revive in this class with a special focus on seasonal summer fruits and delicacies- your cheese plate with be the most spectacular thing at party!
Recipes: White Cheddar & Garden Herb Cheese Sticks; Spicy Herb Polenta Crackers; Ginger & Jersey Peach Compote; Garden Tomato Rosemary Jam; Fig Paste; Marcona Almonds with Rosemary & Sea Salt; Lemon Herb Marinated Almonds
Class Type: Individual, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Revive your cheese plate, give this old classic a whole new wondrous life by focusing on selecting and preparing accompaniments that make your cheese plates pop!
Megan Fitzroy is an accomplished pastry chef, cooking instructor and blogger. She has worked in the restaurant industry for 9 years and has been employed at high-end restaurants such as Daniel and Falai in New York City. She owns her own small business Fitzroy Specialty Cakes and Pastries where she uses her degree in architecture and her artist background to create incredible works of art that often barely resemble cake! She also creates fabulous made to order treats for any occasion. You can view some of her creations on her website www.fitzroycakes.com. Contact Megan