Here's my question: do you have a system by which you identify the cheeses you've laid out on a cheese board?
If it's just you and less than a few people, it's easy enough to congregate around the cheeses, have a few beverages and describe them. However, if you are laying out a multitude of cheeses for a multitude of people, do you strive to identify the cheeses in any way?
I usually do try to identify the cheeses, at least in name, for a couple reasons. First, and most commonly, I will be approached and asked what fabulous cheese my guest just had. If it's written down they can take better note of it and not bother me at the same time. Secondly, a lot of cheeses looks similar but have very different tastes, so such a practice helps people get something they like. Finally, it just keeps me from repeating the same thing over and over (and over and over, especially if we're drinking, which is always).
Like I said, for small groups that are hanging around a common area I won't label the cheeses, as I will generally be available to identify and discuss. For larger groups, however, I like to label the cheese with at least a common name and sometimes an origin. A few years back I made cheese flags with toothpicks, paper and tape. Now I use ceramic. Either way, if I can't be there to discuss, I at least like to have them labeled.
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