Ile de France Cheese Platters are Perfect Party Starters

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Participants in the Ile de France Cheese Cheese Platter Picture Contest show off the latest in dinner party appetizer style.

Elegant without being pretentious, delicious without being intimidating and pleasing to the eye as well as the palette, cheese plates are easy to prepare and often are conversation starters for people tasting a fromage for the first time.

Those are some of the reasons why the Ile de France Cheese website recently sponsored a cheese platter picture contest. The entries look as good as they undoubtedly taste.

The "Prettiest Platter" picture contest attracted respected food bloggers, catering pros and general cheese lovers from Hawaii to New York. Their cheese plate offerings are available to view on the site's official cheese lover's blog:

Visitors are encouraged to rate the entries, which will help determine the contest's winner. While they're at it they'll likely find the inspiration they need to wow guests at their next dinner party.

Leading up to the site's first picture contest, consulted cheese experts and added several cheese platter recipes and tips. The increasing popularity of serving cheese - at gatherings ranging from formal dinner parties to casual get togethers - make it a natural topic for the French cheese importer.

Cheese plates can be as simple or ornate as their creators like. "Prettiest Platter" participants incorporated everything from scenic backgrounds to artfully cut cheese chunks to flowers and colorful fruits.

The cheese plates are the latest interactive addition to the Ile de France Cheese website, which has an archive of nearly 400 specialty recipes featuring three dozen different cheeses.

The site also offers tips and how to guides on serving gourmet French cheese with appetizers, desserts and everything in between.

Additionally, gourmet enthusiasts will find detailed information on French cheeses, from classic French brie and goat cheese to an impressive array of hard and soft gourmet fromage.

Those who visit are encouraged to enter the site's weekly cheese basket sweepstakes, which includes an assortment of fine cheeses and accompaniments.


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