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Best place for cheese/accessories ("cheese basket"?) for a Christmas gift?

andrewesque Dec 18, 2012 08:16 AM

After not eating cheese for most of their lives (we are Chinese-American), my parents have in the last several years really come to appreciate cheese.

So for Christmas, I'd like to get them a nice assortment of cheese and perhaps some accessories -- a "cheese basket," if you will -- and I was wondering where I could get something like this in the Los Angeles/Orange area. I'll be doing the shopping this weekend so I'll need a place where I can pick things up the day of, no special orders, but I am geographically flexible. Anywhere in OC/the LA basin is fine.

Ideally, I'm envisioning a basket of some unique cheeses beyond what you can find in a typical supermarket, some accessories (what are those? knives? cutting boards?) in a nice presentation. I'm willing to spend up to $100 on this and don't mind paying up a little bit if the presentation is good, since this is a one-time gift.

Stores with friendly/helpful staff are a bonus, as I don't personally know much about cheese but I'd like to put together a nice selection.

Thanks in advance!

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    andrewesque Dec 20, 2012 09:06 PM

    Thanks for all the answers, everyone! Based on the replies I'm planning on checking out Artisan Cheese and the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills for this Christmas, and making my way to the other ones over the next year or so.

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    1. re: andrewesque
      latindancer Dec 20, 2012 09:26 PM

      You will never be disappointed with the BH Cheese Store. It is, without a doubt, one of the greater finds in this lovely city.

      1. re: latindancer
        Jwsel Dec 21, 2012 02:38 PM

        I'm a huge fan of the Beverly Hills Cheese Store and have ordered baskets from them on numerous occasions. Norbert, the owner, does some videos for Chowhound and is a true expert when it comes to cheese.

        I also highly recommend Wally's Cheese Box on Westwood Boulevard, just north of Olympic. They recently helped me do a fantastic basket for some friends at precisely your price range.

        As for accoutrements, a basket could include some bread and crackers, perhaps a small cheese board, a knife or two, a slicer, some charcuterie (sausage, jamon from Spain, pate), some fig jam or other spread, fruit, gherkins, nuts, some kind of sweets, and maybe a bottle of wine. The problem is that those, plus the cost of the basket, can add up quickly, leaving little money for the cheese. The Beverly Hills Cheese Store website has an online store that has a few examples of their baskets. Most are more than $100 and don't have much in the way of hardware like boards and knives, but they may give you an idea of what might be included.

        1. re: Jwsel
          andrewesque Dec 21, 2012 02:44 PM

          Thanks so much for the detail! As it turns out, my sister has also procrastinated on Christmas shopping for the parentals. So we're going in together and I've got a larger budget to work with :)

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      chez cherie Dec 18, 2012 12:52 PM

      cheese store of pasadena

      1. wienermobile Dec 18, 2012 11:42 AM

        The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills.

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          Wayno Dec 18, 2012 03:22 PM


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            Dirtywextraolives Dec 18, 2012 08:06 PM

            +2 ;)

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              jdwdeville Dec 19, 2012 09:12 AM

              Cheese Store is where it's at!

        2. ipsedixit Dec 18, 2012 10:31 AM

          Nicole's in SoPas.

          1. RacerX Dec 18, 2012 08:57 AM

            The Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City would definitely suit your needs.

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              FranklinJefferson Dec 18, 2012 06:47 PM

              +1 on this suggestion!

              1. re: FranklinJefferson
                archer Dec 18, 2012 07:22 PM

                Another vote for Artisan Cheese!

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              maudies5 Dec 18, 2012 08:52 AM

              Talk to David at Surfas. He's great! He is in charge of the cheese department .

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