For some, savory doesn't just come before sweet in the dictionary; it also comes first in life, period.
If you belong to that segment of the population, consider doing something different at your wedding or next big bash: serve a tower of cheese instead of a traditional cake.
Depending on the size of your event, offer one that's elaborate and grandiose or smaller and more manageable.
To get started, all you need is a pretty cake stand, various-sized cheese wheels to stack, one on top of the other, and some sort of garnish. How to do it, when you keep on reading.
- Order ahead to ensure you get the cheese selection and size that you want from your stockiest. Choose a wide range of cheese types, all with their wrappings removed. Allot roughly 3 to 4 ounces of cheese per guest (possibly less if you're also serving an actual cake).
- Stack the cake beginning with the largest wheel, and ending with the smallest. If you're working with semisoft or washed-rind cheese, you may want to consider a circle of cardboard between each.
- Add personality with a garnish. It can be edible (strawberries, dried fruits and nuts, clusters of Champagne grapes) or inedible (tea light candles, pine cones, small flowers).
- Serve by taking apart the "cake," one tier at a time, and then cutting it apart and offering it with a cheese board pairing, such as marcona almonds, quince paste, or honeycomb.
- Marvel in your accomplishment!
Is a tower of cheese something you'd consider for your next fete?