Max McCalman on How to Eat a Cheese Plate
Max McCalman has been blogging over at Artisanal, and this entry is all about how to eat a cheese plate (it also touches on sub par restaurant wait-staff). Which cheese should I eat first? Max has all the answers:
I just received an image of a cheese plate served at an upscale NYC restaurant. The image clearly showed the strongest cheese on the left, the mildest in the middle, and the second strongest (or mildest) on the right. The sender said the waiter informed her the order the cheeses be tasted was unimportant. Alors! If you simply tasted these cheeses from left to right, the strong cheese would leave a much bigger “finish” on the palate than the second one. The subtle nuances in the middle cheese would be missed or overwhelmed. The last cheese might be able to make a final stand, but it would be better appreciated if it had been tasted before the strongest cheese.
Left to right need not be the order one would sample these three, but when the guest suspected something was amiss she asked for the recommended order. To receive the dismissive reply that it did not matter would not fool the true cheese lover. Apparently this server was not in our camp.