cheese plate


Cheese is a delicious snack all on its own but paired with other foods, it creates new and surprising tastes that are sure to tempt your palate. Although there are no set rules for pairing your favorite cheeses, there are some guidelines for combining certain flavors, textures and colors that will please both the senses and the appetite.

When selecting cheeses for a cheese board, choose a variety of blue, soft, soft-ripened, semi-soft, semi-hard, and hard. Generally, three to four cheeses served with one to two accompaniments each, is more than ample and provides optimum variety in textures and flavors.

Below are some tasty pairing suggestions for some of the most common cheeses using selections from our aisles. Use it as your guide for composing cheese boards for parties or for snacking and sharing.



Soft/Fresh Cheeses

Cotija: Largueta Almonds, Olive Cocktail Mix, Quince Paste

Feta: Greek Kalamata Olives, Extra Virgin Dipping Oil with Caprese Herbs, Meyer Lemon Relish

Goat Cheeses: Fig and Walnut Confit, Amarena Cherry Jam, Bella Cucina  Dipping Crackers

Mascarpone: Maine Maple Syrup, Chestnut Honey, Morello Cherries


Soft-Ripened Cheeses

Brie: Roasted Onion Garlic Jam, Bella Cucina  Dipping Crackers, Peach Amaretto Jam

Camembert: Apple Cider and Calvados Confit, Black Cherry Confit, Maple Bacon Onion Jam


Blue-Veined Cheeses

Blue/Bleu: Williams Pear Confit with White Wine, Fresh Walnut PreservesBella di Cerignola Olives

Gorgonzola: Fig and Walnut Confit, Chestnut Honey, Bella Cucina Dipping Crackers


Semi-Soft Cheeses

Havarti: Largueta Almonds, Williams Pear Confit with White Wine

Monterey Jack: Caramelized Onion Marmalade, Oil Cured Black Olives


Semi-Hard Cheeses

Baby Swiss: Williams Pear Confit, Marcona Almonds

Cheddar: Apple Cider Confit with CalvadosAmarena Cherry Jam

Emmentaler: Pineapple Confit with Penja Pepper

Gouda: Largueta Almonds, Roasted Piquillo Peppers


Hard Cheeses

Asiago: Ligurian Olive Mix, Marcona Almonds, Fattoria Estense 12 Yr Balsamic Vinegar

Parmesan: Onions in Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary Jelly, Truffle and Barolo Wine Dressing