Orlando Cheese Plates
Who has the best cheese plate in the Orlando area? Any place you would feel comfortable just going in for apps, cheese and drinks?
I went to a cheese tasting at Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord that was sponsored by the Artisanal Cheese Shop in New York (http://www.artisanalcheese.com ). I believe that Old Hickory gets their cheese from there. I would definitely go back for their cheese plate if it's anything like the tasting. I like the cheese shop in Winter Park but the last time I had a cheese plate, I found it a bit skimpy.
California Grill on Disney property has a limited but well curated selection
A recent example from their menu
California Grill's Cheese Board (frequently changes) all 5 for $20
Tomme Noire des Pyrenees - Tomme Noire des Pyrenees is a pasteurized cow's milk cheese. This rustic cheese comes from the Pyrenees region of France. An aging period of 21 days minimum is permitted for the black-crusted tomme. The cheese is salted with dry salt or with brine. The exture is supple and the taste is creamy and only slightly salty. The color is normally ivory white, varying to pale yellows.
L'edel de Cleron - A creamy, soft cheese has a combination of earthy, herbal, and slightly balsamic flavors. It embodies the aura of the pine forest of the Jura Mountains where it is made. It is smade from gently pasteurized cow's milk; then, banded with a strip of bark, and aged to develop the oozy, runny character of the real cheeses called Vacherin du Haut Doubs or Vacherin Mont d'Or.
Fleur Verte - Fleur Verte is a goat's milk, herb-coated chevre from France. Its flower-like shape is coated with dried thyme, tarragon, and crushed pink peppercorns, coating the exterior and perfuming the chalk- white interior. This fresh cheese is aged for only 4 days which explains the light textures and uncomplicated taste of its pate. It is also one of the largest single fresh goat cheeses around.
Pecorina Fresco di Pienza - Percorino Fresco di Pienza is a pasteurized cheese. This young cheese is made strictly from the milk of pure-bred ewes raised in Tuscany. Mild, pliable and full of sweet grassy flavor, the D.O.P. designation guarantees that it is produced within, and exemplary of, the region of Tuscany per codified standards. This bright, clean, and mildly tangy treat partners beautifully with fatty, salty, dried salumeria.
Montbriac - Montbriac is made in Pouligny-Saint-Pierre in central France by a small agricultural concern. It is the result of a successful experiment, which combined blue mold with a typically French soft, creamy cheese. This cheese is made by injecting their delicious soft-as-Brie cheese with the same mold that is used to product Roquefort. The result is a rich and sinfully creamy french blue.
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I like the cheese plates at The Wine Room in Winter Park. Awesome place for cheese/apps/drinks. They also have the pressurized on tap wine bottles that you use a smart card for each pour. Great place for tasting.
The second best is the Ravenous Pig who always has a great charcuterie plate if you like cured meats.
I will echo what others say about the CA Grille and Wine Room.
The CA Grill is a great dinner anyway, but you could probably go to the tiny bar area and get wine and cheese. The Wine Room would be a good spot for that. You can pick from a list of about 30 or so cheeses that they will prepare for you.
Other Disney locations with a cheese plate include: Flying Fish, Jiko and Artist's Point.
Press 101 has a cheese plate as part of their dinner menu.
If you hit up www.maps.google.com and get to a map of Orlando, then search the term "cheese plate"....you might get pointed in more specific directions.
Enjoy your cheese!
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