Charcuterie Board Guide

Charcuterie Board Guide
Charcuterie boards are quick and easy to throw together in a matter of minutes with little to no cooking required. As guests assemble their own bites, they can be serve as a gathering place for great conversations to start. Read on to learn the essential elements you'll need to build a great board. Then head to the store, armed with your checklist and let your cravings lead the way!

What You'll Need

Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and local food boutiques are great places to source beautiful, tasty elements for your grazing board. As you shop, aim for a spectrum of flavors (savory to sweet), comfort levels (familiar to exotic), and colors (think "rainbow").

Six Element Shopping Guide

1. Cheese

Aim for one hard and one soft cheese.
Pictured: Triple Crème Brie, White Cheddar, and Tête de Moine Rosettes

2. Meat

Your favorite cured or air-dried meats like proscuitto, salami, ham, and summer sausage are all great choices.
Pictured: Porter Road Salumi Sampler (Soppressata, Calabrian, Black Pepper Sorghum, and Georgia Blue salamis)

3. Savory

Nuts, olives, pickles, dips and veggies.
Pictured: French radishes, rainbow baby carrots, sugar snap peas

4. Sweet

Fresh or dried fruits, jams, and chocolate help round out the palate.
Pictured: Theo Sea Salt Dark Chocolate, pomelo citrus segments, dried blueberries, and sweetened dried orange slices.

5. Crackers

Our Artisan Cracker Kit is a great place to start, as it's packed with an assortment of our most popular crackers to give your board a variety of flavors from nutty Emmer Farro to spicy Harissa.
Pictured: Red Fife Crackers

6. Garnish

Fresh herbs or edible flowers serve as nice finishing touch.
Pictured: Fresh cut rosemary.


  1. Select a board that suits the size of your crowd. Cutting boards, large platters, and serving trays are great, but we particularly love colorful cookie sheets as a means to transport your beautiful creation. Find colorful cookie sheets, like those pictured, at places like Great Jones and Bornn Enamelware.

  2. Start with the larger elements, like cheese and meats as an anchor to your board.

  3. Add your savory and sweet elements.

  4. Fill in all the extra space with crackers.

  5. Add fresh herbs or edible flowers as a finishing touch.

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