Over the last few years, cheese boards and other grazing boards have been elevated to an artistic pursuit. They can be themed for any preference and occasion. There's a reason why cheese boards are especially popular around the holidays.They are easy to pack one up and bring to a friends house, or lay one out yourself for a party at home.
The best ones take you on a journey, and are both visually and flavorfully creative. We've seen butter boards, charcuterie boards, even "seacuterie" boards. But really, the OG of grazing boards is the good ol' cheese board. And if you are going to build a cheese board, there is no better place to source the tastiest of ingredients than Vermont. We spoke with a couple of our local experts, to get their recommendations for the building blocks to create a great and tasty cheese board. Check out their advice below, before you head out to the store to build your own!
Mad River Taste Place | Waitsfield
The Mad River Taste Place is a specialty grocery store featuring a curated collection of local Vermont products, thoughtfully selected to educate and delight. The Waitsfield-based store is stocked with a wide assortment from the makers and growers of the Mad River Valley and across the state, from cheeses and meats to local craft beers, wines and ciders.
Mad River Taste Place General Manager and superstar cheesemonger Mary Tuthill says:
"Some of our favorites get dressed up for the holidays -- look for special washes on year-round favorites like Harbison washed with ruby port, or the winter-exclusive Winnimere, both from Jasper Hill Farms. These limited releases are indulgent and decadent; they make a great addition to a festive cheese board but also a special gift for any cheese lover on your list. Blake Hill Preserves Caramelized Fig with Pear & Honey would be a perfect pairing with deep seasonal flavors to accent the richness of the cheese. Pour yourself and your guests a glass of Eden Ice Cider and toast to a delicious holiday gathering."
Don't forget the extras
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Stop by this cozy, whimsical setting for a glass or bottle of wine and light fare, or peruse their shelves for a bottle of wine to take home from the retail shop. The folks at Salt & Bubbles focus on affordable wines made ethically by people who take care of the land and the people they work with.
Salt & Bubbles Owner, Manager and all-around wine expert Kayla Silver has this to say about board building: