here and here). Then I would visit my favorite sommelier Phil of Bassins on MacArthur Blvd to find the perfect bubblies to accompany my choices. My last stop was TJ Maxx. Over the years, I have accumulated an eclectic collection of imitation china. A friend just told me that I have an Anthropologie kitchen. Whodda thunk it? Anyhow, I would use the bigger pieces to display the cheeses and the smaller ones for the condiments and crackers.
For the hostess (or host) who doesn't have the time nor the inclination to spend an hour in Whole Foods smelling stinky cheeses, my favorite find is the Artisanal cheese Celebration Collection available through Saks.com. Add wine and friends, or in the case of the Ritz, Bellinis with peach puree (apparently, you can’t call it a Bellini if you’re using Schnapps).