We don’t believe that any party is complete without a great cheese plate (Don’t you?), so we turned to our local experts — Cowgirl Creamery in the San Francisco Ferry Building — to get some tips on how to make the perfect cheese platter for our next get-together.
This cheese plate, displayed on our party-perfect Great White Cheese Tray, highlights some of Cowgirl Creamery’s best. Red Hawk, one of Cowgirl Creamery’s most famous concoctions, is the star of this particular platter. We also chose a hard L’Amuse Signature Gouda and a fluffy Redwood Hill Farm Artisan Goat Cheese Bucheret.
Tip: Choose cheeses with different textures and flavors for your cheese platter. Mix things up, but aim to include at least one cheese that is familiar to most of your guests.
A few of Cowgirl Creamery’s best sides accompany these trio of cheeses perfectly. Slices of sweet Mitica Quince Paste and Noci Bella crunchy walnuts contrast with spicy peppadew peppers from South Africa and Cowgirl Creamery’s signature olive mix.
Tip: Mix sweet and savory sides on your cheese plate. Include a variety of textures, as well as items guests can just grab, and items that need serving knives.
Cowgirl Creamery is one of the Bay Area’s most renowned artisan food shops. Two foodie friends from Tennessee, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, founded this Bay Area cheese shop and creamery after spending over a decade in some of California’s most famous kitchens.
Although Cowgirl Creamery got its start in the tiny town of Point Reyes Station, California, it’s grown to two creameries and four retail stores (including the shop we visited in the San Francisco Ferry Building). Cowgirl Creamery makes much of its own cheese, but it also supports artisan cheesemakers from all over California, the US and Europe.