Herma's News - Create cheese and meat platter for outdoors!

Herma's News - Create cheese and meat platter for outdoors!

Herma’s News – Create cheese and meat platter for outdoors!

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dear Customers,
We are so excited about the warm weather and that spring has finally sprung. Just imagine yourself on your deck or patio, sun warming your face, a glass of wine in hand, and an assortment of lovely cheeses, cured meats, and antipasto spread out in front of you and your loved one or guest. Be sure to find tips for creating a superior platter at the end of the newsletter.
If you are interested in antipasto and how superior olives and peppers are produced, you will certainly want to be apart of our first Food for Thought Event.
Food for Thought Event
Saturday, April 30th from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Glorious Greece – Centuries Old Techniques
Divina’s Superior Hand-stuffed Olives – Sweet Peppers – Roasted Red Peppers – Dolmas
Complimentary Lunch and Lecture – Caroline Moschetta from Divina will be sharing her knowledge about foods that are all gloriously made old-world-style in Greece. Lunch will be served.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Call 905-885-9250 or stop by to reserve.
Celebrate Divina Kalamata Olive’s
These organic olives are cultivated and naturally cured – hand picked at their peak of ripeness and individually hand-stuffed. They faithfully reflect the unique characteristics and traditions of the region where they are grown – Greece’s Peloponnese Peninsula. If you want superior olives, you needn’t look any further.
Cheese Department
Cathy is so excited about a new line of cheeses that have just arrived. She can hardly contain herself!
Happy Spring lovelies! We have some great cheeses in our cooler with many more on their way!
One particular new line of cheese is Stonetown Cheese which just arrived this week!
Swiss Cheese meets Canadian Goodness
Hans and Jolanda Weber immigrated from Switzerland and started a new life in St. Mary’s Ontario in 1996. Dreams became reality when, from their dairy farm, they produced delicious, high quality cheese reminiscent of the Swiss Mountains. We are so happy they had this dream and expect  you will be too after trying their wonderful cheeses. All their cheeses are perfect for a cheese platter or melted to make a grilled cheese.
There are currently 3 types of Stonetown Cheeses available…
Homecoming – A semi-soft cheese made from unpasteurized cows milk that remind Hans and Jolanda of Switzerland. Wonderful melting cheese – even on raclette.
Wildwood – Named after Wildwood Dam on Trout Creek, upstream from the Town of St. Marys. A tad herbal with unpasteurized  cows milk.
Grand Trunk – Named for the Grand Trunk Railway that has old roots in this area of Ontario. Older than the other cheeses listed, this interesting cheese will certainly please. 
For more detailed tasting notes go to www.stonetowncheese.com 
 Cheers and happy cheesing!!
 Cathy 
 Platter Tips

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 Enjoy the warmth of the outdoors with a spectacular array of cheeses, meats, & more.
 Selecting the Cheese
  • Try to include a variety of cheeses and other items in all sorts of ways. Most cheese belongs to one of four basic categories: aged, soft, firm, or blue. For a good variety, choose at least one from each group.
     Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comte, Goat Gouda
     Soft: Constant Bliss, Camembert, Brillat-Savarin
     Firm: Manchego, Mimolette, Parmigiano-Reggiano
     Blue: Gorgonzola Dolce, Valdeón, Stilton
  • Type of milk used for the cheese may be another route for selecting your cheese (cow, goat, sheep, or buffalo). This also affects flavour.
Accompaniments
  • Offer a selection of breads, including sliced baguette which may be found in our freezers, bread sticks, and crackers in all different shapes and sizes. Different heights and textures should be mixed amongst the cheeses.
  • Jarred condiments and vegetables are easy. Sweet preserves, honey, chutneys, and spicy mustards all bring a variety of flavours that contrast and compliment your cheese and meats. You  may also want to add olives, roasted red peppers, sweet peppers, and artichoke hearts. And, of course, caramelized onions wonderfully complement most any cheese platter.
  • Various other sweet and salty items work nicely as well. Try cured meats such as prosciutto and salami, or fruits such as cherries, grapes, or pear.
Almost all foods mentioned may be found at Herma’s and are imported from around the world. We wish you luck creating a beautiful platter.
 Another option?
 Have us create a Cheese or Charcuterie Platter for you!
 For no fuss entertaining and to ensure that your tray looks gorgeous, call 905-885-9250 or stop by. The cheese experts in our cheese department would be happy to create something special for you. 12 hour notice is appreciated for expert planning.
 We hope you’ll visit us the next time you decide to entertain outdoors. Have a wonderful week!
 Best Regards,
 Meredith Ender
Communications Coordinator
Herma’s Fine Foods & Gifts