Cheese & Cracker Tray
I'm planning a big dinner party and I wonder where can I find a good quality / value cheese & cracker tray? I know almost every supermarket carry them, but I'm not sure if one supermarket has better quality than the other.
I am sure there are all different levels of quality, right up to the cheese trays you can order from a specialty cheese shop. I ordered a "cheese board" from Leslieville cheese, and it had cheeses you might not find in your local grocery store. What type of cheeses are you looking for?
Have you considered just putting together a cheese platter yourself? It also depends on what you want with it - the cheese platters from more mainstream markets usually provide mild cheddar, mozzarella, emmenthal, marble, perhaps some brie or goat cheese, nothing wild. However, you can always put yours together some different cheeses and wow your guests. "Full tummy" has an excellent suggestion, as does "Hondapendragon" - it all depends on the wow factor and convenience for you.
By going to a cheese boutique, different cheeses can be paired with different crackers, all that will match and accentuate the cheeses appropriately. If you spend a bit of time (if you can spare it), talk with the servers at any cheese boutique and they could point out some excellent cheeses and crackers. As well, keep in mind what wines you may be serving, as that can also influence what cheeses should be served. Have fun!
1. Just cheese. They used to have a location at Yonge just north of Lawrence & now I think there is just one location farther south but they really know there stuff. Not only will they pair the best cheeses together, they will also tell you what to serve them on and with what. What they told me: Cheese should be served on a starch with as little flavour as possible so the cheese stands out, like baguette or water crackers while at the same time, drizzle with a little honey to bring out the cheese flavours.
If you don't want to make your own, I would call the catering department of Puseteri (sorry if that is spelled wrong). They will make you exactly what you want and deliver (along with the rest of what you need for your party.)