The key to being the perfect host is to have some light bites, snacks, and refreshments ready before your guests arrive. A charcuterie board is a popular choice since it’s ideal for grazing and you can get creative by customizing it with an assortment of cheeses, crackers, nuts, fruits, and spreads. These days, people take enormous pride in building beautiful snack boards, and the star of the platter is almost always the same: cheese.
If you’re looking for gourmet, aged, or imported cheeses, there are countless grocery stores with superior selections, some of which even have designated cheese mongers. Whether you’re splurging on Manchego with black truffles, or craving a decadent port salut, Whole Foods or Kroger may be your best bet. Need something delicious but reasonably priced? Trader Joe’s and Aldi might be your new go-to. Whatever your cheese needs might be, these six grocery chains have some of the most impressive cheese departments around.
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TJ’s has every type of cheese you could need—from sliced, shredded, blocks, and spreadable varieties—you can certainly find whatever you’re looking for. And if you haven’t tried TJ’s famous Unexpected Cheddar, grab your tote bag and pick some up immediately; just know that you’ll most definitely be back for more.
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It’s nearly impossible to walk by the cheese counter at Whole Foods, especially since there’s a designated cheese monger to help with your selections. Whole Foods prides itself on providing an elevated experience where customers can sample cheese, request cuts of any size, and even order a cheese platter for events both big and small. Don’t skip out on the Roth Buttermilk Blue, which is creamy and tangy, yet still mellow enough to eat on its own.