Charcuterie board selection, and by that we mean a beautifully hand crafted cherry or walnut wooden board or platter, is the foundation of the perfect sharing experience. Before you even get to the art of creating the board, selecting the right size and shape is an important consideration. Assuming that you have selected the perfect charcuterie board to fit your style and number of guests, it's time to learn how to make the most of it and elevate the charcuterie experience. Explore some tips and tricks to create a memorable spread using our charcuterie boards as splendid examples. 

  1. Arrange with Precision: Start by looking at all that you hope to incorporate on the board. Begin with cheeses, placing them at various points on the board. If you have a rustic board, utilize the natural edge of the board for visual appeal. Build upon the spaces you have created between hard and soft cheese. 
  2. Balance Flavors: Ensure a balanced flavor profile by incorporating a variety of cheeses, cured meats, fruits, nuts, and condiments. Note that some wooden boards like those in the Simon & Andrew Collection, have compartments perfect for housing dips like honey, mustard, or fig jam. If you are not working with one of those boards, be creative with how to best add those spreads to complement the cheese. 
  3. Texture Matters: Play with textures to keep things interesting. Add crispy crackers, crusty bread, and nuts to the mix. The polish of wood charcuterie boards provide a smooth surface that complements various textures.
  4. Colorful Display: Incorporate a spectrum of colors to make your charcuterie board visually appealing. Fresh fruits, vibrant vegetables, and colorful olives can add a burst of color to the rich tones of cherry or walnut wooden boards.
  5. Garnish Artfully: Use fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme to garnish your charcuterie board. They not only enhance the aroma but also add a touch of elegance to your presentation.
  6. Serve at the Right Temperature: Ensure that your cheeses and meats are served at their optimal temperatures. Soft cheeses, like brie or camembert, should be served at room temperature, while harder cheeses and meats are best served slightly chilled.
  7. Pair with Wine: Complement your charcuterie board with a selection of wines. Reds and whites can enhance the flavors of the cheeses and meats.

elevated cheese boards by Andrew Pearce Bowls in Vermont

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