Is it really even a holiday party worth having if there isn’t cheese? We all know the answer to this. So make sure this year’s festivities have the fromage they deserve. To help you take the guess work out of assembling the cheese board yourself, we’ve rounded up seven extraordinary collections from the country’s top purveyors. Featuring several pounds of standout cheeses, these showstoppers will wow even the most discerning dairy enthusiasts while providing something personal-to-the-palate that guests will truly enjoy. Plus, each bundle is available for speedy shipping nationwide.
Murray’s, The Grazing Table
Founded in 1940, New York City-based Murray’s offers the finest selection of artisan cheeses from around the globe—and ships directly to your doorstep. With more than eight pounds of tantalizing cheese and two pounds of meat, the Grazing Table is an over-the-top cornucopia of Murray’s best and most beloved varieties—including mimolette, aged English cheddar, young Manchego and Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog—accompanied by a host of sweet and savory sides. Also notable: The Ultimate Cheese Board Collection featuring experts’ top picks for crafting a standout platter.
Jasper Hill Farm, The Cheese Baller
Owned and operated by brothers Andy and Mateo Kehler, Jasper Hill Farm in Greensboro, Vermont, features a 22,000-square-foot cellar on-site, built especially for aging all different types of fromage. Showcasing their award-winning varieties, the Cheese Baller is the ideal way to feed the cheese purists in your life—no condiments or crackers here, just a hearty amount of excellent cheese. This specialty box contains seven savory wedges and wheels including Whitney, a wine-washed mountain cheese made with raw milk and a round of Jasper’s signature Harbison.
Eataly, Formaggi From North to South
Known as the world’s largest artisanal Italian marketplace, Eataly offers all the authentic Mediterranean goodies you could ever crave including an abundance of Italy’s famed cheeses: iconic aged Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, sharp Pecorino, a truffle-laced Canestrato and more. Take your (or someone on your nice list’s) tastebuds on a trip through the Italian peninsula with Formaggi From North to South. This specially curated assortment features ten distinct varieties of regional formaggi—crafted on the mountains of Friuli, in the rolling hills of Tuscany, along the sunny Southern coast and in traditional cheesemaking territories in between. Mangiamo!
Beecher’s, Best of Beecher’s
If you can’t make it to Beecher’s retail locations in Seattle’s Pike Place Market or New York City’s Flatiron district, you can still serve its handcrafted cheeses—which are always free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated oils—thanks to nationwide shipping (with free two-day shipping on orders over $99). You can’t go wrong with the robust Best of Beecher’s boxed collection, which showcases ten of the brand’s greatest flagship and signature fromages—including a rich and nutty four-year aged cow’s milk cheese, a smoky wedge boasting Jamaican jerk spices and a creamy favorite flecked with green and black peppercorns. And those who have visited Beecher’s retail outlets know that the Flagship makes some amazing mac-and-cheese, so don’t be afraid to order extra.
La Tienda, Connoisseur’s Cheese Collection
Founded in 1996, this Virginia-based retailer imports premium provisions from small and family-owned producers all across Spain. La Tienda’s Connoisseur’s Cheese Collection highlights artisan varieties from the most celebrated cheesemaking regions to delight die-hard dairy lovers. Boasting more than five pounds in total, the selection features some of owner Jonathan Harris’s favorites—from a deep, smoky cow’s milk wedge from Galicia to an aged, rosemary-infused sheep’s milk cheese from La Mancha, as well as several different ages of Manchego, Spain’s most famous cheese.
Lady and Larder XXL Cheese Board
The twin sisters Simms, Sarah and Boo, run their charming Lady and Larder shop in Santa Monica, Calif., pedaling an expertly curated assortment of cheese, charcuterie, accoutrements and more (including a secret lunch menu). They’ve partnered with Williams Sonoma to deliver a selection of their choicest products across the country. There are multiple sizes available, with the XXL featuring more than 4 lbs. of provisions including Tulip Tree Trillium (a creamy bloomy friend cheese), Central Coast Creamery Goat Gouda and Point Reyes Bay Blue Cheese. The cheeses and meats also come with everything you need for a refined board like nuts, dried fruits, preserves and even honey harvested in Malibu.
Cowgirl Creamery, The Cowgirl Party Box
College friends turned business partners Sue Conley and Peggy Smith founded Cowgirl Creamery in 1997. Since then, the California-based creamery has been manufacturing its own award-winning, certified organic cheeses, which are available to the masses thanks to nationwide shipping. The Cowgirl Party Box has everything needed for a knockout spread: a generous amount of seven California artisan cheeses—such as an ash-ripened Humboldt Fog, a zesty peppercorn-studded Pecorino and a luscious triple cream Mt. Tam, the company’s most popular cheese—along with specialty charcuterie, accoutrements and even a handcrafted cutting board and knives to enjoy the feast.