Ok came across this and just thought i would explain. In th UK this obviously goes for US going by some of the posts the cheese course is served post meal datng back to naval traditions of the 18th century where cheese was consumed with port for the officers. This has trickled down through society at is the standard adopted way we enjoy a cheese course. I feel it is also morrod in the enitre approach towards meals where the cheese course is the main point of social interactions due to the shorter nature in the number of courses we eat. In france at the same point when courses were originally adopted from russian culture the cheese course was placed before the pudding so none of the flavours wouldf be lost by a presweet course. Traditionally cheese was not served with bread but was to be enjoyed in its own merit On a side note there is also a correct way to eat a cheese course you start with the least salty such as brie and camembert and work round to the most salty such as stilton this is agaion so none of the subtle flavour are lost.