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Building the Ultimate Charcuterie and Cheese Board

Discover how to build the perfect board for all of your summer events!

Discover how to build the perfect board for all of your summer events!

Summer is quickly approaching, and with it comes the promise of good food and great friends. Whether you’re throwing a Memorial Day bash or inviting a few guests over for dinner, it’s nice to start the evening with a beautiful charcuterie and cheese board. Discover how to build the perfect board for all of your summer events!

Start with Variety

Today’s charcuterie board is all about abundance. Start with a variety of cheese, from manchego to triple cream brie, and use these cheeses as your starting point. Choose meats that will pair well with the cheese, but don’t be afraid to provide bolder options for more adventurous guests. While purchasing food items for your charcuterie board, consider the number of guests you plan to feed. If you’re serving an appetizer for a dinner party of six, keep the board simple. If you’re bringing a dish to a large party, consider a more elaborate approach to the dish.

Seasonal Produce

The seasonal bounty of summer is neverending! Rather than purchasing an apple from the grocery store, visit your local farmer’s market and peruse the produce. Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetable into your charcuterie board for an extra special effect. Strawberries, cherries, and cucumbers make delicious additions to any board.

Pickled Vegetables

Surprisingly enough, pickled vegetables pair perfectly with cured meats and hard cheeses. Add a few cornichons for a tangy bite, or incorporate pickled jalapenos for a bit of spice! Olives, pepperoncini, and gherkins can add flavor and surprise to your charcuterie board!


Charcuterie and cheese boards emphasize exploration and invite diners to try new things. Get creative and add delicious options for your guests such as compound butter, dark chocolate almonds, and fondue! Don’t forget to complete your charcuterie board with a baguette, water crackers, and sliced apples.


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