There is a trend in wedding reception food that we are loving. Charcuterie Tables (or Grazing Tables) are basically cheese boards on steroids. They are an absolutely lavish spread of antipasti, assorted cheeses, vegetables, spreads, and various tidbits covering an entire table. Essentially the ENTIRE table becomes the cheese board:
We adore the exuberance and abundance that a charcuterie table delivers to a gathering. Nothing makes a statement quite like a luxurious, creative spread of meats, cheeses, fruits, and accouterment artfully strewn about a table. We love the informal and interactive vibe of a beautiful grazing table. Who can resist diving into the bountiful selection?
Your guests will have a blast mingling around a table piled high with so many wonderful options. There’s a rustic and sophisticated appeal in an amazing arrangement of delicious goodies. Plus a grazing table allows your friends and family to select exactly what they want. And you’ll be transporting your friends and family to a carefree escape since charcuterie tables are a culinary glimpse into an al-fresco, sun-dappled, Mediterranean lifestyle:
So if you’re looking to make a big impression at your wedding we suggest a gorgeous grazing table. Heck, you can even SEAT your guests around one like this lovely display by MyNameIsSnickerDoodle:
Perfect for an app station or even served as the main entree, grazing tables are an easy and fun way to serve your guests in style:
And, DIY brides, If you are making your own wedding food, we’ve got tips on how to build the perfect charcuterie table!
Decide on several:
- artisanal cheeses
- cured meats
- gourmet crackers
- freshly baked bread
- candied nuts and seeds
- savory nuts and seeds
- sun-dried tomatoes
- fresh vegetables
- handcrafted dips
- fresh and dried fruit
- fresh herbs
- chutneys, jams, and honey
- gourmet condiments
- balsamic vinegar
- flavored olive oils
- dark chocolate
Select your Cheese First!
There are endless cheese options in all types of styles, textures, and tastes so deciding on what you want to serve can be daunting. The key is variety. You’ll want cheeses to please every palate and types with different flavors, softness, and color. It’s also fun to pick a couple of obscure cheeses to tantalize your guests taste buds! In order to choose the right ones for your table we suggest using this handy cheese chart:
Next up select meats to compliment your cheeses – mixing and matching different meats according to the depth of flavor and versatility you’d like across your spread.
Salami, bacon, and ham go brilliantly with cheese and crackers, guanciale is great for slicing up and pancetta is the showstopper that everyone will be reaching for.
And, don’t forget your bread and crackers. These guys are the perfect beds for the charcuterie and cheese. Plus, they are essential for dunking into all the amazing dips. Offer a few various types of crackers, breadsticks, and some warm bread.
Not crazy about meat? You can even make a vegan/vegetarian option, like this glorious board by ItDoesn’tTasteLikeChicken.
Have a blast selecting the fun extras like fruits, figs, nuts, and crisps which will round out your table.
With a dash of creative flair, you can decorate your grazing table with whole fruits, herbs, and floral elements. You can also tailor your table to your individual style. We love the tropical flair this table has just with the addition of some palm fronds and monstera leaves:
Affordable and with limitless options, charcuterie tables are trending bigtime. We can’t wait to attend a wedding with one!