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WSVN -- Say cheese! This holiday season it's one of the easiest ways to start a party.

Stacie Malegni, The Cheese Course: "They're the perfect finger food for a party when you're trying to move around the room."

For those who don't know 'Jack' about choosing cheese. The Cheese Course at the Village of Gulfstream Park is offering free classes on how to create the perfect cheese plate.

Stacie: "I think the best advice I ever got about making a cheese plate is something old, something new, something stinky and something blue."

Easiest tip, think of a clock when arranging your tray. Start by placing a mild cheese in the 12 o'clock position to jump-start your guests taste buds.

Stacie: "Fresh cheeses are a great thing to start on your cheese plate, because most people can really enjoy a fresh, milder cheese. Here are some of our goat cheeses, here's fresh Crottin, a goat cheese from Vermont."

You'll then move clockwise around the plate adding stronger cheeses, like a bloomy rind and then a hard cheese.

Stacie: "Here you'll find Parmesan Reggiano, Pecorino cheese, when you think of sheep milks from the Alpine region. They're nutty, they crumble."

After that go for the stinky cheese!

Stacie: "True cheese people love stinky cheese. They're typically washed with a salt brine. Some are washed with wine, beer, champagne, it gives it a strong nutty flavor."

And the perfect way to end your cheese plate at the nine o'clock position, go blue!

Stacie: "We have here some Maytag blue cheese, Gorgonzola, which is creamy, Rockford from France. The reason we end on it is blue cheese is salty and strong."

But, if you don't have time to put together a cheese plate they'll do it for you.

Stacie: "We have any size party budget."


When it comes to dessert, Miami fireman Derek Kaplan is turning up the heat in the kitchen. He's a baker.

Derek Kaplan, Fireman Derek's World Famous Pies: "People don't expect that from me. I'm a big guy. A fireman, with tattoos. I bake, it's kind of therapeutic."

Derek's been cooking for years. He decided pies are his second calling, so he started his own business called "Fireman Derek's World Famous Pies." He makes eight different varieties.

Derek: "I got key lime, I have pecan chocolate, pecan chocolate coconut cream, I do a coconut cream, an apple pie."

And of course pumpkin pies will be his Thanksgiving and holiday specialty.

Derek: "Everything is made from scratch. I make the crust, I use all natural ingredients."

You can buy whole pies for $15 or these single serving pies for $3.

Derek: "Who doesn't want a delicious pie made by a handsome fireman like myself, you know?"

So, no pie in the face this holiday, you'll be the host with the most.

Derek says he needs about eight days notice for pie orders and the free cheese course class will be on November 16th, you will need to register because space is limited.


The Cheese Course at The Village at Gulfstream How to Prepare a Cheese Plate" Date: Tuesday, November 16th from 6 to 7 p.m.Registration: Open to the public, no fee, first come, first serve. Limited space.Contact the store at 954-458-4670 to register.


Fireman Derek's World Famous PiesTo place an order call 305-788-9870 or email your order to

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