Pairing Wine, Cheese and Chocolates to impress your clients and employees!
One of the most important aspects of planning a successful corporate event is considering what is on the menu. Attendees are expecting more from corporate events with regards to the foods and beverages served, however, this doesn’t necessarily mean they expect the most expensive ingredients. Rather guests are interested in the pairings and thoughtfulness of the presentation.
Furthermore, smaller variety food stations, savory and sweet combinations have also been trending in the food and restaurant industry. TV has popularized concepts such as local and organic, and all these concepts are making there way into larger dinner parties and corporate parties as customers have been requesting these foods.
Therefore, in addition to considering your pairings, consider other trends featured at top restaurants and tailor these trends to your budget.
Thoughtful snack and beverage Pairings:
Cheese, Chocolate and Wine are considered to be quintessential elegant foods to offer at corporate events and parties. Separately, these foods are delicious, however in combination, the complexities of foods, the flavor notes- earthiness, salty, savory, truly compliment each other.
Recommended Wines: Rosé Port, Ice Wine, Muscat, Orange Muscat, Moscato d’Asti, Sweet Tokaji, Vintage Port, Lambrusco (Dolce or Amabile), Brachetto d’Acqui
Strawberry Taste: Rosé Port adds nuances of strawberries
Great with Macadamia Nuts: Muscat de Frontignan
Blueberries and Cream Taste: 2000 Vintage Graham’s Port
Cheese recommended: Swiss Cheese, Cream Cheese, Mixed Milk Hard Goat Cheese
Recommended Wines: Moscatel de Setubal, Montilla-Moriles, PX Sherry, Creamy Sherry, Rasteau, Aged Vintage Port, Rutherglen Muscat
Caramel Taste: Bodegas Toro Albalá
Chocolate Cake Effect: Shiraz with chocolate cake
Cheese Recommendations: Aged Cheddar with Chocolate-Dipped Bacon, Wisconsin alpine-Style Cheese with Milk Chocolate and rosemary Cashews
Recommended Wines: Vin Santo, Port, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Banyuls, Maury
Cheese Recommendations: Aged Gouda with Dark Chocolate English Toffee, Blue Cheese with Dark Chocolate Truffles and Port Wine, Aged Mixed-Milk Cheese with Dark Chocolate Sea-Salted Caramels