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Seasonal Charcuterie Board Guide

Fri, October 18, 2019

While our life's work ranges from business to product design, at the root is our passion for entertaining and celebrating life's everyday moments. That notion is is everything we do … so why stop at selling products? We want to inspire you and help you use them while sharing a little fun along the way.

One of our newest joys is hosting groups at our Flagship Stores for interactive events, ranging from Flower Arranging Classes in the Spring {you can read more about these in the 2019 Spring/Summer Edition of Toast Magazine} to a Charcuterie Board 101 Class, like our Atlanta Flagship Store hosted last night. Couldn't make it to the event? With the fall season in full swing, we're here to help you take the intimidation out of hosting. Whether you're the Halloween hub this year, or would just like to be equipped for last-minute entertaining, a Charcuterie Board is the perfect foundation for a celebration.

Here are a few tips and tricks that were shared at the event last night:

First, you need to round up the essentials {may we suggest Trader Joe's?} – from savory and salty meats and cheeses to sweet fruits.

Meats
Cured or smoked meats, such as salami and prosciutto, bring a savory taste to your spread.

Cheese
A charcuterie board would not be complete without the cheese of course. Mixing cheeses like monterey jack, gouda, provolone, cheddar, brie, and blue cheese allows you to change up your palette. For a seasonal touch, cheeses with a peppered or herb crust bring a spookier look due to their darker appearance.

Fruits
Sweeten the board with fruits, like grapes, plums, figs, and pears. Dried fruits are also a great option.

Hint: Find our go-to Trader Joe's shopping list here.

On the night of, place your ingredients on a serving piece scaled to the size of your party. For just a few people, we recommend grouping a few smaller trays with complementary ingredients on each. For large crowds, it's usually easier to pile everything on a larger scale piece like a wooden board or our Deco Rectangle Platter.

Place ingredients in small groups to create an organic, yet tidy look. Cut cheeses and fold meats in various shapes to add visual interest to your spread.
Add assorted coordinating bowls to house wet ingredients like olives, jams, or relishes. Stylish spreaders allow your guests to self-serve. We recommend one for each soft cheese so you don't have to mix them.

And voilà, your charcuterie board is complete! Simply swap seasonal fruits and vegetables depending on the season.

The best part? Once your spread is done, you're able to pour a glass and enjoy your guests rather than spend all night in the kitchen.

To recreate this look for your own spooky soireé, flip through the pages of our latest edition of Toast Magazine, and read a helpful guide from our photographer and Laura's middle daughter, Sara Kate, who shared her tips for this Spooky Soirée look here.

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