A Match Made in Cheese Heaven
For the die-hard Wisconsite couple, we dreamed up a wedding cake featuring not one but two hometown heroes: locally-crafted cheese and a Wisconsin Old-Fashioned.
If you’re new to the State of Cheese, a quick primer: cakes of cheese are our take on the classic wedding cake – a tiered, decked out masterpiece made entirely of the world’s greatest wheels & wedges from right here in Wisconsin. Because when you love cheese as much as we do, it’s got to be the centerpiece when you tie the knot!
As for the Wisconsin Old-Fashioned – that’s a classic supper club cocktail with a Wisco twist. We make our Old Fashioneds with brandy and serve them sweet or sour – topping it off with either lemon-lime or grapefruit soda (pro tip: we love Squirt because you get the best of both worlds). Add cherries (we prefer ours from up north in Door County) and oranges as a garnish, and voila! You’ve got yourself an Old-Fashioned they way they were meant to be made.
In this cheesy take on the traditional wedding cake, we married sublime wheels of local cheese with the fruity, boozy glory of our state’s favorite cocktail. The result? Nothing short of a new Wisconsin classic!
Love at First Bite
Behind every wheel of Wisconsin cheese is a story – and more often than not, it’s a love story. Here are the tales behind the wheels that make up our Wisconsin Old-Fashioned cake of cheese.
Tennessee Whiskey BellaVitano – Sartori
The masters at Sartori Cheese in Plymouth, WI, are the matchmakers behind this remarkable, rich creation that brings smooth Tennessee whiskey and creamy BellaVitano into delicious harmony. Affectionately known as the love child of Parmesan and Gouda, BellaVitano is a Wisconsin Original that’s taken home countless awards.
Combined with the sweet smokiness of whiskey, this cheese is proof that when you find the perfect partner, anything is possible.
The Doe – Deer Creek
Speaking of the perfect partner, this insanely imaginative wheel wouldn’t exist if Deer Creek Cheese owner Chris Gentine hadn’t found his.
Chris’ wife Julie came up with the idea for The Doe, a creamy bandage-wrapped cheddar marbled with intoxicating pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean. The result is a velvety, decadent standout with a sweet, woody finish – the ultimate cheesy indulgence for your big day.
Dunbarton Blue – Roelli Cheese Haus
Why is Dunbarton Blue, an exceptional, blue-veined white cheddar, an ideal wedding day cheese? Besides the fact that it’s an incredibly approachable, crowd-pleasing cheddar-blue hybrid, it also represents a new beginning. Master Cheesemaker Chris Roelli built his business on Dunbarton, his first-ever foray into artisan cheese that re-launched his family’s nearly 100-year-old business into a new chapter as a globally recognized innovator.
May your new beginning be just as auspicious as his.
Setting the Stage
Looking to create your own Wisconsin Old-Fashioned wedding cake? Here are a few tips:
Add some color. Dress up the cake itself with orange slices, cherries, and greenery. The bright hues will stand out beautifully against the deep cream tones of the cheese wheels.
Raise the bar. This cake is not complete without an accompanying Wisconsin Old-Fashioned bar. Include all the fixin’s – brandy, angostura bitters, sugar cubes, cherries, soda, and other garnishes of your choice – and if you really want to go all out, throw in a custom shotski. If you know, you know.
Tell the story. Round out your Wisconsin wedding experience with some signage. Keep it as simple as “Wisconsin Old-Fashioned Bar” or get creative with a cocktail recipe and cheese markers.
Whether you’re a born-and-raised Packer or simply a lover of all things Wisconsin, we hope this cake brings the spirit of the State of Cheese to your big day!