Gift Guide: Just Add Cheese

Slice it, grate it, curl it up or wrap it—it’s all about the present(ation)

Gift Guide: Just Add Cheese
Gift cheeses that will surely please over the holidays. (Adam Savitch)
Dec 15, 2019

1. CHELSEA MILLER CHEESE KNIVES
$150 to $300, chelseamillerknives.com
Boutique knifemaker Chelsea Miller is cheese country born and raised, in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, specifically. It was there that she found inspiration in her father's blacksmithing shop, turning horseshoe rasps into chef's knives and crafting handles from spalted walnut on their farm. She operates out of a Brooklyn studio now, making a few hundred cheese knives a year from old mechanics' files; she makes cheese boards as well, and sells the knives and boards as a matching set for $350, by request.

2. COLTELLERIE BERTI CHEESE KNIVES
$165 to $1,335, shophorne.com
Coltellerie Berti has been making some of the finest knives to come out of Tuscany since David Berti set up his small workshop north of Florence in 1895; his great-grandson Andrea continues the tradition today, joined by a small team of craftspeople, one of whom is responsible for each knife from forge to table (you'll find their initials on the blade). The newest three-piece set ($698, boxwood or lucite handles) includes knives for soft and hard cheeses, each with a 7-inch blade, along with a 4-inch compact blade.

3. OLIVEWOOD BOX GRATER
$40, williams-sonoma.com
Whether grating hard cheese or dark chocolate, this Italian box grater is an elegant serving vessel for the dinner table (not to mention that it relieves its user of the not-as-easy-as-it-sounds task of "aiming" grated cheese).

4. FORMATICUM CHEESE PAPER
$9 per 15-sheet box, formaticum.com
Professional cheesemongers know that, just like a glass of fine red wine, a great piece of cheese needs to breathe, even when you're keeping it for later. That's why they use Formaticum two-ply cheese paper, which maintains optimal humidity to prevent cheese from drying out yet permits a limited exchange of oxygen so that your favorite cheeses don't turn ammoniated. Also available (and popular with the cheese pros) are biodegradable transparent storage sheets, made from wood-based cellulose fibers, that are also oxygen- and moisture-permeable.

5. WEST OF NOBLE ST. HELENA TRAY
$225, westofnoble.com
Los Angeles–based woodworker and furniture designer Greg Mitchell caught the carpentry bug in high school, enamored with the idea of making his own surfboards. His minimalist designs are inspired by Japanese, Scandinavian and Shaker aesthetics. Each St. Helena cutting board and serving tray is made from sustainably sourced walnut. Mitchell says each tray is hand-planed for a smooth, lustrous surface, and finished with walnut oil.

6. SWISSMAR GIROLLE
$110, swissmar.com
To call a tool specifically designed for the service and presentation of one very particular rare cheese an extravagance would not be irrational. But to experience the satisfaction of a perfectly shaved Tête de Moine floret is to realize that the girolle is an indispensable instrument of cheese appreciation.

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