Nov 2011

Cypress Grove Chevre Tablescapes

If you plan to make cheese your centerpiece this season, I would LOVE to share some inspiration! I styled this cheese on behalf of Cypress Grove Chevre with weddings in mind. But you can see how each of these vignettes would transfer to most any occasion where enjoying a luscious wheel of Humboldt Fog is in order. In the [unlikely] event your crowd doesn’t devour the full wheel, leftovers are an added bonus. I relish this cheese in all its incarnations, and as it continues to ripen it just becomes creamier and more spreadable.

My friend Tam, the talented proprietress of Isari Flower Studio, graciously agreed to host this shoot in her studio; she worked her magic with all the floral touches and allowed me to make a terrible mess. We shot from the morning’s first rays until squeezing the last drop of light from the glowing orange ball that is so typical of a southern California sunset … it was quite a day. Carla Choy was a JOY to work with and is without a doubt the most patient and chill photographer I have ever met.  We worked well past what’s considered reasonable, yet she continually found a way around each obstacle that presented.

Anyone who’s spent any time here at The Fromagette knows I hopelessly miss my hometown of San Diego. Working with Tam was so much fun and highlighted the missed opportunities to work together with more regularity. Tam, by the way, is not only a rock-star designer, she also recently graced the cover of Vogue Thailand. Her only imperfection is she doesn’t like cheese. Actually, it goes beyond that…it freaks her out. Is this a Thai thing? I forgave her. But I tortured her mercilessly by chasing her around the studio with wedges of cheese. She’s probably still having nightmares…

This month, Utterly engaged has featured our pics in the premier issue of their new UBER delicious online wedding mag. Please take a drool, er, look [we’re on pages 80-95]. To recreate the layers of cheese represented here, start with a wheel of Humboldt Fog at the base, add a wheel of Truffle Tremor, and top it off with a Humboldt Fog Mini. If you’d like to add the triangles pictured in the “Jardin” shot, you’ll need a wheel of the Bermuda Triangle.

If you’ve not met, you can acquaint yourself with Humboldt Fog here. To feast your eyes on a berry-centric Independence Day themed wheel look here. And to familiarize yourself with all the amazing cheeses from Cypress Grove Chevre, click here. Season’s eatings, everyone!


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