Kate Putnam serves as Marketing Director at FS Industries, for which she oversees the Business Development in the North American region. Fond of spending her free time with friends and family, Kate Putnam also enjoys snacking on cheese and crackers.
Designing a cheese platter is more challenging than it seems at first glance. One's first consideration is when to serve it, as a before-dinner cheese platter will call for different types and quantities of cheese. In general, guests who are eating cheese before dinner will consume approximately one to two ounces per person and will gravitate toward lighter cheeses. Post-dinner cheese eaters tend to like full-bodied or creamy cheeses but may only eat up to 1.5 ounces each.
The host must then decide whether to go for variety or to offer different versions of a single type of cheese. If variety is the aim, include one type of cheese from the four flavor groups: soft, firm, blue, and aged. Another option is to offer a sampling of cheeses made from goat, cow, and sheep's milk, or to plan a variety of different textures.
Other hosts prefer a smaller range of differences in cheeses on a platter. Offering a plate of all goat cheeses, for example, can prompt interesting conversation about the taste and texture of each. The same is true of a plate that includes different Bries, cheddars, or other specific styles of cheese.
When it comes to cheese platters, there is no one best design. It all depends on the style of the host and Kate Putnam knows how to make it work. The tastes and preferences of those at the table is crucial to the set up.
CEO of Putnam Marketing Kate Putnam oversees business development for the New Hampshire Website development company. They specialize in social media management, and website maintenance and development.