Putting together a cheese platter can be daunting with so many different types of cheese available. Antonelli's, a local cheese shop in Hyde Park, recently helped me with choosing the pictured cheese tray for a family event of 30 people. Taste testing is highly encouraged. First, I decided on 5 cheeses total and then narrowed the choices to mostly the Italian variety. It was also suggested to choose a variety of textures and milks. The final selection was a hit with everyone.
Antonelli's is offering bagged cheese to-go for your Thanksgiving gathering. It is perfect as a hostess gift, which can be used at a later date or as your contribution to the meal. They have two options available: 5 cheeses (1.25 pounds total chosen by cheese mongers) with two meats, or 5 cheeses (2.5 pounds total chosen by cheese mongers) and 4 meats. You can add items (olives, nuts, jams, crackers, bread) to customize your gift. Be sure to place your order 48 hours before pickup. Because Antonelli's is closed on Mondays, for Wednesday 11/21 pickup, place your order by Sunday, 11/18. I don't think you will be disappointed. (Gina)