Last month, Artie turned 30! I can’t believe it – we’re so old! Okay, not really. I actually have it on good authority that the 30’s are pretty darn good. Like your 20’s, except you know what you are doing. Anyway, to celebrate the big day, we had a few friends over for a cheese tasting. If you’ve followed our blog for any length of time, you know that we LOVE Sweet Grass Dairy cheese. Sweet Grass is located about 45 minutes north of Tallahassee in Thomasville, Georgia but their cheese is sold at several stores in Tallahassee.
Our spread included seven types of cheese and some accompaniments. We printed information about each of the cheeses from the Sweet Grass website. To read more about each of the cheeses mentioned below, click here.
Below are closeup pictures of all the cheeses except the two in the middle. I’m not sure how I missed them because they are my two favorites! The one on top is the Green Hill cheese. I don’t usually like soft cheeses, but the Green Hill is excellent. The one on the bottom in the middle is Georgia Gouda. There are not words. So creamy. So flavorful. Swoon.
We also served:
I wish I had taken a picture of the cheese plate a the end of the night. Between the five couples, most of the cheese was eaten (except for a big hunk of the Harvest, but it was the biggest wedge to begin). When we asked our friends which cheese they liked best, the answer was “Yes.” I guess that means they liked them all.
We served an array of side items to complement the cheese including (clockwise from bottom): local salami, smoked almonds, dried apricots, an assortment of crackers, a veggie tray, crusty bread with herb oil (New Leaf market makes AMAZING fresh bread – especially the garlic loaf), and apple slices.
For dessert we had red velvet and carrot cake cupcakes from Lucy and Leo’s. Sooooo gooooood. (And so excited to watch them on Cupcake Wars tomorrow night!)
All in all, I would say the party was a success! The food was great and a cheese tasting was something fun to do rather than the usual party foods. The cheese was on the expensive side, but the accompaniments were relatively low cost and all in all I don’t think the party cost any more than other parties we’ve hosted. There were a LOT of platters to wash but the prep time was minimal and there was no cooking involved.
My birthday is coming up next month and I’m thinking was should have another tasting party. Maybe for my birthday, we can do a cupcake tasting…