We live in cheese country. Wisconsin’s legendary bounty is a short drive to the east (or to the local co-op), and Minnesota cheesemakers are catching up to the Dairy State — and fast. If you want to throw a wedding that guests from all over the country will remember, “cheesy” isn’t a put-down, it’s a plus.
Here are a few ways to make cheese part of the big day:
Behold, the CheeseCake (or “cake of cheeses”): assemble your favorite wheels of cheese into a tower of cheese to rival any dessert offering! Bonus, you can customize a cheese trier to have a “first cheese.”
Serve cheesy offerings like beer cheese dip with local Dangerous Man beer from local catering powerhouse Chowgirls.
Start your meal with a flight of local cheeses for each guest, complete with your tasting notes. Consider cheeses that share a common concept, like a selection of cheddars, or three different sheep milk cheeses.
Beer and cheese cocktail hour: Pick your three favorite local brews, and pair them with three local cheeses for an excellent social time for your guests. (Look through Heavy Table’s story on pairing Fulton beer with local cheeses for inspiration.)
Late-night grilled cheese: Nothing brings on a second wave of energy like a delivery of grilled cheese halfway through the dancing. Many caterers can accommodate a snack after dessert, and your guests will love it.
Cheese curds! Share your love of the Midwest’s quirks with some local “squeakers.” Local curds often come from Ellsworth cooperative.
Cheesy Food Truck: With food trucks constantly evolving and new ones moving in, finding a food truck that will cater your wedding or rehearsal dinner with some cheesy offerings has never been easier. Try the upcoming O’Cheeze food truck for grilled cheese, or R.A. MacSammy’s for mac and cheese.