Perfect Pairs: Cheese + Honey
As we await the turkey and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, we'll be snacking on a bountiful board featuring some of our favorite cheeses. Inspired by our newly-arrived Cheesemonger's Honey Flight from Bee Raw, our cafe recently put together the cheese board above with seasonal accompaniments and a sweet touch of honey. Perfect for a harvest feast, our favorite cheeses are served alongside fresh pomegranate and toasted pumpkin seeds, pickled onions, tangy mustards, crisp apples and more. The stars of the show, however, are the honeys-- each one is sourced from an American, family-owned apiary and flavored by the local botanicals its bees visit. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite cheese and honey pairings.
Maine Blueberry Honey: Strong and earthy, this honey finishes with a playful note of buttery sweetness. Pair with dry and earthy blue cheeses like Stilton, Roquefort, and Fourme d'Ambert.
North Carolina Sourwood Honey: Rich and buttery with notes of maple, this honey is harvested in Statesville, North Carolina at the end of the sourwood tree flowering season, when the nectar is sweetest. Pair with cheeses that have a bloomy rind, such as Brie, Camembert, or Cirrus.
Washington Buckwheat Honey: Robust and complex with a molasses-like flavor, this honey balances notes of mossy earth with a bright finish. Pair with tart and tangy goat cheeses like Crottin de Chavignol and Sainte-Maure de Touraine.
Colorado Sweet Yellow Clover Honey: Light and buttery with warm undertones of cinnamon and nutmeg, this honey gets its delicate sweetness from wild yellow clover blossoms. Pair with strong, washed rind cheeses like Epoisses de Bourgogne, Taleggio, and Winnimere.