Every holiday season, employers and organizations are faced with the same question: “What’s a great holiday gift for employees and clients that is unique and impressive?” This year, Charcuterie Boards tops our list of holiday gifts that will impress recipients and ensures your brand gets high visibility during the holidays – and all year long. From Instagram to Pinterest and beyond – people are obsessed with Charcuterie Boards! A Google search for “charcuterie” yields nearly one million results and there are hundreds of Facebook groups dedicated to this delicious art form.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
The word “charcuterie” is French for “butcher’s art.” It originally referred to prepared meat products, such as pate and bacon. A charcuterie board is a type of appetizer that includes various meats and cheeses that are served together on a wooden serving board. They can be either savory or sweet and can be served as part of the main course or as an appetizer. Common meats that are used on charcuterie boards include ham, bacon, salami, and sausage. Popular cheeses that are used on charcuterie boards include cheddar, brie, blue cheese, and gouda. When it comes to serving tools, a variety of utensils like toothpicks, mini forks, and skewers are normally provided along with cheese knives and ramekins. These tools are handy for allowing guests to grab and customize what they want with ease. Extras you can add to your board that will make it more interesting include olives, pickles, grapes, nuts, and so on. There is virtually no end to the creative combinations and themes that can be created.
What is the Difference Between a Charcuterie Board and a Cheese Board?
Simply speaking, charcuterie boards are a type of cheese board that features an assortment of meat products. Cheese boards offer a selection of cheeses and just like charcuterie boards, they are often accompanied by dips, fruit, and vegetables – even herbs and bread. And the term “cheese board” can refer to the wooden board that showcases whatever delectable items you are serving. Another popular term for this food sensation is grazing boards, which usually means a lot more than just meats and cheeses are being served and there are a lot more accompaniments.
Whether the assortment is served on a wooden board, a tray, or a cutting board, the appeal is in the carefully curated selection of beautifully presented food that is easy to eat and appeals to a wide variety of people. And of course, is photo-worthy.
The Most Important Ingredient on Charcuterie Boards is Your Logo
Tumblers, blankets, and candles top the holiday corporate gift list year after year, but if you’re looking to impress your customers and clients with something new and different this year, charcuterie boards are a cut above all other holiday gifts. And whether you call them Cheese Boards or Charcuterie Boards, the most important thing you can add to this holiday favorite is your logo or message. Engraved charcuterie boards make an elegant statement at holiday parties and festive gatherings throughout the year. Your customers will appreciate having this trending product on hand when their guests arrive.