Recently, Ricki (The Cheese Queen) sent me the link to a video of cool street art.* Much of it was done in chalk and it reminded me that chalk is often used with cheese. I was thinking about sandwich signs and cheese boards, but, when I looked it up, I found that in the United Kingdom, it has it’s own meaning.
There, it is used to show that things are “as different as chalk and cheese,” and more particularly – things that are superficially alike but very different in substance. According to Wiktionary, this comes from the idea that the surface of some cheeses, particularly un-aged ones, look similar to chalk – white and crumbling – but, in reality, cheese is much softer than chalk.
Getting back to my original premise, chalk is very often used on signs to sell cheese, cutting boards, labels, etc. because, more than any other food, identification of the many varieties is important.
I wanted to differentiate between actual chalk drawings and the kind that are generated on the computer to look like chalk. So, the ones I found (below) are genuine chalk creations.
Note: In the second half of this 2 part series, I will go over ways you can make your own cheesy chalkboards.
Signs in front of stores
Signs inside stores
Slate is commonly used for serving cheese.
Chalkboard paint can be used to turn any surface into a chalkboard.
* Street Art Video – https://www.facebook.com/inspira.viral/videos/1392992394088563/