I brought appetizers, and since our little dinner strained the available silverware, I brought some knives for the cheese. The knives came from this lovely set passed on to me by my parents.
One member of our party enjoyed the appetizers more than most. Check out those cheeks - talk about storing nuts for winter!
Here's the spread: a platter with sliced bell pepper, cherry tomatoes and carrots. A platter with 5 or 6 different kinds of olive (on a piece of pottery given to us by Mary Ellen for our wedding - thanks, ME!). A platter with a slice of Comte, a slice of Beemster (aged gouda), a slice of Camambert, and a slice of St. Andre plus mozzorella balls and proscuitto. Some crackers in the bowl went with that, as did the little bowl of almonds. Over on the right, a bit hard to see, were little hot Italian peppers in a bowl. Finally, a platter with seedless globe grapes, clementines, and dried candied pineapple. In the other room, there were chips with salsa and chocolate pretzels.