Food Drink Piecing together a perfect cheese plate
I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time scrolling through cheese plates on Pinterest. When I tried to recreate them at home, they were a Pinter-mess.So when Keri Buhman, the force of nature behind C’est La Vie French Cafe & Creperie and Soiree Supper Club in Hazel Dell, announced she was teaching a class called “Art of the Cheese Plate,” I signed up immediately.During the two-hour class, Buhman, who has a bubbly personality and the quick wit of a comedian, commanded the complete attention of all 17 students who sat around the long wooden table in the center of the space. It serves as a cafe during the week and a catering business and special-events venue on weekends.As we entered, we were offered coffee, tea or a mimosa. It was 11 a.m. on a Saturday, and the room was filled with people who love to indulge. Most of us chose a mimosa.Buhman started the class by having everyone tell the group their favorite cheese. Someone mentioned fried cheeseballs and the room filled with sighs. Buhman then gave us a brief but informative tutorial on various types of cheese. Flavor is affected by climate, the animal’s habits and what they eat, and how the cheese is made and aged.