Gourmet cheese platters are spreads of high-quality cheeses that are often accompanied by cured meats. Cheese platters also often include flavor accents such as nuts, pickles, olives, dips, and spreads.
For a small cheese platter, you can build it several hours ahead of time and place in the refrigerator. For a larger gourmet cheese spread, you'll want to build it where you'll be serving it so that your arrangement isn't damaged as you carry it from one location to another. The ideal time to begin arranging your gourmet cheese platter is roughly 30 minutes before your guests arrive.