Susan Phipps, co-owner of Cheese Culture, will help you match your wine preference with a selection of cheeses whether you’re dining in her charming Las Olas shop or creating a cheese board to serve at home.
There are 40 to 80 cheeses from around the world on any given day plus wines, craft beers, charcuterie, almonds, honeys, chutneys, dried figs and other accompaniments. Try Humboldt Fog, a California goat milk cheese; Beemster, a 26-month aged Gouda from Holland, or Great Hill Blue cheese from Massachusetts.
Phipps also offers salads and sandwiches including an “ultimate” grilled cheese sandwich worthy of its name that combines creamy French raclette and Swiss Gruyère on rustic white bread. The sandwich comes with a container of honey and a side salad dressed with honey vinaigrette.
Another hit: the croque monsieur, a hot pressed sandwich of raclette, ham, shredded green apples and a side salad.
Cheese plates are packaged neatly on 10-inch biodegradable plates with a dome-style lid that won’t squash the arrangement; the staff will write the names of the cheeses beneath them if you want.
For a romantic date, Cheese Culture rents a picnic basket packed with a blanket, utensils, glasses, wine, three cheeses and three charcuterie meats, baguette and accompaniments for $75. Another attraction: a tasting room and frequent special events.
Cheese Culture, 813 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-533-9178, cheese-culture.com; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, until 11 p.m. weekends; sandwiches $7.99-$10.95, salads $8.95, cheese boards $13.99-$24.99.