5 Cheese Boards for the Holidays
Display your cheese in style this holiday season with our five favourite cheese boards, including one for under $3.
‘Tis the season for perpetual happy hour and the cornucopia of noshes that accompany it. Pick up your favourite cheeses, pickles, crackers and charcuterie and prep for an evening of non-stop civilized grazing (or working on your night cheese) off of beautiful platters or cheese boards. Here are our five top picks for plating your camembert, brie and oka with precision.
Marble and Wood Appetizer Platter
This marble and wood appetizer platter ($60 from Chapters-Indigo) has a domed glass lid that keeps cheese, preserves and charcuterie cool and fresh while the wooden half is perfect for crackers, crostini and toast soldiers.
Various Calgary locations, chapters-indigo.ca
French Kitchen Cheese Board With Slicer
This stunning marble cheese board ($25 from Crate and Barrel) comes with its own built-in stainless steel slicer that allows you to cut through even some of the harder cheese you might indulge in at happy hour. Bonus points for being stylish enough to leave it out on your counter all year-round.
Southcentre Mall, 403-278-7020, crateandbarrel.ca
Scotch Blocks Cheese Boards
Scotch Blocks is Calgary’s answer to beautiful handmade wooden cheese boards. Woodworker Jeff Desmeules handcrafts each paddled cheese board ($40 to $60) in a variety of woods including maple, white oak and the walnut, which also happens to be his best seller. Polish these babies up with some of Scotch’s beautiful wax ($10) regularly to keep them in tip-top shape.
Available at The UnCommons, 1325 9 Ave S.E., 587-353-9337, theuncommons.ca
Iona Cheese Board
Completely one of a kind, which is quite hard to find at the mall, these hand-cut marble and sheesham/mango-wood cheese boards ($28 to $98 from Anthropologie) are ideal for holiday entertaining. Place several of them in different sizes out with succulent appies and one-bite treats throughout the evening.
Chinook Centre, 403-252-7411, anthropologie.com
Enigma Bengal Autumn Porcelain Tile
For an inexpensive yet stylish and cheerful route, stalk the tiling aisles of Home Depot for a small piece of slate, marble or porcelain tile to serve up your cheese selections on, like the Enigma 12″ x 12″ Bengal Autumn Porcelain Tile ($2.69). This is a great idea if you are bringing a cheese plate for a holiday potluck – you won’t mind leaving the tile behind. Just make sure to disinfect with a food-safe tile cleaner before use.
Various Calgary locations, homedepot.ca
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