How-to: Charcuterie Board

October 09, 2020 3 min read

How-to build an Instagram Worthy
Cheese Board

Make all your wine and charcuterie dreams come true with this go-to guide on how to host the perfect quarantine picnic!

Beat the quarantine blues by hosting the perfect fall picnic for you and your girl gang!

You can be the ultimate host by spicing up your picnic with a fun fall charcuterie board; bonus points for it being totally Instagramable! We’ve teamed up with Olivia from Backyard Social to build the perfect fall cheese board! So pack up your Jute Carryall tote with your quarantine essentials, wine + cheese, and get ready for the perfect day with your squad!


SWP: What are your go-to cheeses when you’re making a cheese board?

Olivia: When creating a charcuterie board, I love to include differently textured cheeses, typically at least one soft or semi-soft (e.g., brie, camembert) and one hard cheese (e.g., cheddar or Manchego). Don't be afraid to incorporate different colors, sizes and shapes of cheeses as well.

Check out some of Olivia’s personal favorites: Cowgirl Creamery's, Mt. Tam, Humboldt Fog, Truffle Tremor, hard cheeses from Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. (i.e. their Tomarashi)

SWP: Any tips on arranging?

Olivia: (1) Find A Focal Point:Pick a few focal points (depending on the size) or decorative items for your board to place before anything else. This can range from a ramekin of accouterments (e.g., olives, Marcona almonds, cornichons) to seasonal decorations like flowers or a mini pumpkin. Most recently, I actually used a wheel of brie as my focal point, cut out a pumpkin shape from the center, and filled it with a seasonal fig spread.

(2) Use Symmetry:I absolutely love symmetry on boards, especially where your focal point is in the center of the board. This means what you add to one side you should add to the other. However, don't be afraid to veer away from straight lines. Who doesn't love a wavy row of berries or prosciutto?

(3) Fill All Your Space: Fill extra space with fruit, nuts, herbs (my go-to’s are dill or rosemary), seasonal flowers, or themed items (pumpkin-shaped chocolates, etc.). Whatever you do, be sure you have a medley of sweet and savory flavors. I love adding a few pieces of dark chocolate to fill in my boards.

SWP: Now that we have our board, it's time for our favorite part of our picnic, getting bad and boozy! Olivia, what types of wines and/or cocktails pair best with cheese boards?

Olivia: My go-to cheeses pair perfectly with eitherplain, or I prefer the cracked pepper wafer crackers from Olina's. When it comes to breads, I find local, fresh baguettes are your best bet! If you're looking for a tasty gluten-free cracker option, be sure to try Mary's Gone Crackers!

Your picnic isn't complete without a custom wine bag, Wine Glasses and Party Pouches!

Monogram Wine Bag - Sprinkled With Pink #bachelorette #custom #gifts

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Olivia is the founder of The Backyard Social, a Southern California business focusing on curating artisan grazing experiences and luxe tablescapes. From Croatia's Istrian peninsula to Sonoma County, Olivia has traveled the world, learning about how cheeses are made, paired, and best enjoyed. Her expertise lies in sourcing artisan and local goods that compliment her clients' personal tastes, preferences, and dietary needs. Olivia sticks to seasonal and primarily organic products to ensure a truly unique and extraordinary grazing experience.


Connect with Olivia: Instagram

Written by Whitney Brady

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