ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — If you search #cheeseplate on Instagram, you’ll be flooded with thousands of pictures of beautifully crafted cheese plates.
While scrolling through, you might come across one St. Louis woman’s page – cheeseandhoneystl.
Courtney Troy has had a hobby for making cheese plates for years and in November of 2019, she turned it into a business.
She said it started small and “blew up” quickly.
“I did not anticipate running business at all. I have three small kids,” she said. “But it’s doing really well. We anticipate it’ll grow and get bigger.”
Troy said she’s crafted more than 100 plates since she launched the business.
She has been a second-grade teacher for nine years and doesn’t have a background in design. But she said some of her skills come from her mother.
“My mom has always been a foodie to where she is great at baking. Her biggest thing was people eat with their eyes first,” Troy said. “Before she put anything on the table, she made sure she had an extra touch to make it presentable.”
She shared one tip for creating a beautiful cheese plate.
“Have a lot of different elements, different heights, textures. You don’t want to look at a board and see everything flat,” she said.
The smallest board costs $75 and feeds up to 20-25 people as an appetizer. You can get three meats, three cheeses and extras like dried fruit, nuts and fresh fruit. She also does brunch and dessert boards.
And if you’re having a really big party, you can also call her for a whole grazing table, starting at $250.
For clients who are five miles away from Glendale, the cheese plates are delivered and picked up for free.
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