I am an artist. I am not bragging or anything, I actually went to art college, and have spent the past 20-ish years in the field of design and advertising. In one of my art history classes back in college, I remember being told that Michelangelo once said: “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” I know what he meant. I felt exactly the same about the 5″x5″x9″ block of mozzarella cheese on my kitchen counter, just waiting for me to carve it for our first M4P.
I am of course no Michelangelo! But it was still pretty successful. As far as Star Wars fan art is concerned, it definitely turned out pretty cheesy…which of course was the whole point.
Carved Death Star Cheese Ball
Cheese is a marvelous thing. I do like a great Gouda with grapes, or a beautiful Basque with black olives (green olives are actually better, but doesn’t sound as poetic). Many of our friends roll their eyes when I tell them they can’t start eating yet because the cheese has to “breathe” first (Thank you Jason for teaching me that trick!!! Amy, thank you for encouraging my “habit”!). I have been accused of being a cheese snob more than once, but I prefer the work “enthusiast”. So when we came up with the idea of a Tosche-ese Station last year, I was almost overwhelmed by the possibilities. After several trips to the cheese counter at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Meijer, and confusing the heck out of the friendly staff with questions such as “which cheese will separate less when molding”, we finally settled on this spread.