"If it grows together, it goes together."
Balance by pairing items with similar or equal weight
Acidic/salty cheese prefers an acidic wine.
Our platter had incredible cheeses and salumi that complement our sparkling and this amazing bread warm Pinsa Romana breadsticks. These are like long triangles of pita chips but made from Flour Child's pizza dough, so it's totally crispy with the slight tang of rock salt. There is also fruit paste and dried muscatels and a massive slice of chocolate bark.
Each of the tables is called up in turn to the bar so we can make our various cocktails. The emphasis is on why various flavours work together. And of having the whole bartender experience and using the equipment.