It’s almost time to dust off your picnic blankets and head to the park in search of the perfect place for a romantic, afternoon repast. So, we wanted to share some of our best spring picnicking tips in the weeks ahead, starting with how to pair cheese gift baskets with wines. Let’s start with our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket and spread out from there.

Our For Cheese Lovers Only gift basket contains all the essentials couples need to enjoy a quick snack under a shade tree. It comes with your choice of cheese spread and cheese block flavors. So, since we can’t be sure which cheese flavors you’ll choose, we’re serving up a few general wine pairing tips:

If you plan on selecting spicy cheeses, like our hot pepper or habanero, go with a bottle of off-dry, white wine. They seem to compliment spicy varieties of cheese perfectly. For Danish blue cheeses, try serving dessert wines or a great bottle of port. And as for the assorted cheddar cheeses, give a cabernet sauvignon or oak-barrel aged chardonnay some consideration.

We’ve also got other gift items like the Ham and Cheese Masterpiece, Cabela’s Gourmet All-Occasion Snack Basket, Rat Pack, Incredible Party Favorites and Happy Mom Basket as well as ones that include fruits and sweets. If you choose one of them, try pairing light-bodied white wines with the mild cheese spreads and full-bodied red ones with the aged or heavily seasoned varieties. The same pairings should work for block cheeses and cheese curds snacks.

For the best results, serve the gift basket cheeses at room temperature. If you are worried about the weather, chill the cheeses in your home fridge first. Then pack them in your picnic basket and head off into the afternoon sun. By the time you reach your picnicking destination, the cheeses should be back at room temperature and ready to eat. The wine, on the other hand, may be served slightly chilled.

To learn more about stocking the perfect picnic basket in the lovely spring days ahead, please contact us today. At Deli Direct Inc., we’ve got meats, cheeses, pickles, dips, snacks, drink mixes and beer buckets in stock that are ideal for outdoor dining.

Although deli meats and sausages should definitely be a part of any holiday party plans, the tasty offerings shouldn’t stop there. After all, neither man nor beast can live on just meats alone. So we’ve compiled a list of incredible finger foods and lip-smacking party treats that go beyond the expected fare:

1.) Hot and Spicy Beans

Why not skip the messy, bland, three bean salads and go with something pickle-icious instead? Yes, we’re talking hot, spicy, pickled green beans baby! They look fantastic on a plate and may be eaten with the fingers or a fork. For added color, combine the Hot and Spicy Beans with other sliced, pickled veggies like yellow and orange peppers.

2.) Wasabi Peas

Pair those beans with another crunchy veggie that’s been given a palatable twist, dried wasabi peas. They are inherently spicy too. So the two foods would just go well together. For a great tablescape look, consider putting the wasabi peas in vegetable baskets instead of regular bowls. Your guests should love it!

3.) Bloody Mary Soaked Pickles

We’ve likely all seen pickles on a party platter before. That’s because they’re an essential part of most party plans. However, you can opt to buck tradition and give your guests something they’re not expecting. Items that come to our minds are pickles that have been soaked with unusual brines. Can anyone say, “bloody Mary pickles?”

4.) Stuffed Olives

Okay, so we know that stuffed olives are typical holiday fare but there are ways to make them atypical. For example, you could stuff them with ingredients that no one would expect. Excellent choices include asparagus, pearl onions, garlic cloves, artichokes, bleu cheese and jalapeno.

5.) Chubby Cheeks

Lastly, why not get a little corny? To do just that, create one or a series of bowls that contain our Chubby Cheeks snack. It’s a churro caramel corn nugget treat that tastes great alone or with a few modifications. To alter the nuggets flavor, think about adding a dusting of powdered sugar, carob or cocoa.

To learn more about these finger foods, deli meats and other items that can really take holiday get-togethers to an unforgettable level, please contact us.

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