Savory, Salty, Sweet
3 local charcuterie board options and their distinctive wine pairings
BY Amelia Blades Steward
Photos by Maire McArdle and Stephen Walker
Charcuterie boards are adding an interactive and communal element to the table today, with something for everyone. Whether you are in a restaurant enjoying a board or making your own at home, charcuterie can be an outlet for creativity, both in its design and pairing of meats, cheeses, and accoutrements. It can also be an appetizer before a meal or served after a meal as guests linger and savor its delectable flavors.
The original charcuterie boards from the 15th century were made up of cured meats. Over time, breads, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and nuts were added as accoutrements to an array of meats, forming the charcuterie boards we celebrate today.
Noshing on a charcuterie board is ideal for drawing out and elevating today’s dining experiences. Making charcuterie boards at home also allows people to make do with what is in their cupboards while challenging their imaginations and their pallets.