The Cheese Course: why at the end of the meal?

Are you a cheese lover but normally associate the taste of it as an appetizer? Have you ever wondered why restaurants offer cheese at the end of the meal rather than at the start?

This is a holdover from European dining, where the cheese course is served after the mains, but before the dessert course. 
For us, this is the perfect placement for the cheese course, but you are free to order it elsewhere.

In france courses were originally adopted from russian culture were the cheese course was placed before the pudding so none of the flavours would be lost by a presweet course. Traditionally cheese was not served with bread but was to be enjoyed in its own merit. On a side note. There is also a correct way to eat a cheese course, you start with the least salty such as brie and camembert and work round to the most salty so none of the subtle flavour are lost. Italians will also frequently finish a meal with a platter of cheese and a plate of fruit, for the table; no pastry, cookies or cake.

Cheese Tasting

Many cheeses also go well with traditional after-dinner drinks such as port and brandy. This allows time to linger and finish the wine or have a digestif.

When visiting The Beloved Hotel, ask your waiter about  the best pairings with your favorite cheese.

Here you are 2 simple reasons to eat cheese after a meal:

It might sound unlikely, but one of the best and easiest ways to combat acid erosion in your teeth is to eat a piece of cheese after every meal. Cheese contains alkali, which neutralises the acid left by the food you’ve consumed; drinks such as Coca-Cola, and sweet foods such as cakes and biscuits, are particularly acidic, so eating cheese after these will be effective[1].

The cheese course is always so pleasant that moves the discussion from politics or something back to the food at the end of the meal.

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About The Excellence Collection

The Excellence Collection is a resort group specialized in hotel management. The company’s three product lines include Excellence Resorts with all-inclusive luxury for adults only, Beloved Hotels with all-inclusive boutique properties for adults only, and the contemporary Finest Resorts with all-inclusive amenities for adults only and for families.
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