Dining out of to-go containers has become part of the new normal, and it’s no longer limited to dinner, drinks and dessert. Even charcuterie boards, those ridiculously fancy pre-entree favorites, are now made to order in pre-packaged boxes perfect for taking home.
Whether you are gifting a box of curated cheeses and meats for a birthday, anniversary or just because or adding some charcuterie cheer to your next corporate gathering, there is a fit for every occasion from this list of creative charcuterie box builders.
Joyboxes by Grazeables are stocked to the brim with cheeses, meats, crackers, nuts, chocolate, a seasonal assortment of fruit and vegetables, and given a pop of color with edible flowers. Customers can personalize boxes bases on special occasion and even opt for a brunch-style box which includes specialties like waffle thins, granola and hard-boiled farm eggs. Gift a single person, a party of 20, or the special pup in your life — yes, Grazeables offers a “Pawcuterie” box too. Visit grazeables.com to order online.
For the Love of Charcuterie
This full-service charcuterie company offers a range of charcuterie box sizes, from the 4x4 personal sized Bambino to the 10x10 well-stocked Large. Meat and cheeses are accompanied with crackers, fresh and dried fruits, chocolates and seasonal enhancements. Visit fortheloveofcharcuterie.com to order online.
ElevEats Graze & Charcuterie
ElevEats Graze & Charcuterie allows you to choose from one of four boxes — the mini, the original, the large and the premier — and offers plenty of add-ons like peppers with hummus, caprese skewers, a reusable charcuterie board to hold on to and personalized name plates for special occasions. Visit ElevEats’ Facebook page to order online.
While Graze specializes in the delivery of hand-crafted meat and cheese boards of all sizes for special events, it does offer charcuterie boxes (and bouquets!) as well, with a minimum purchase of 4 boxes. Graze boxes include two Texas cheeses with meat, nuts, fruit and crackers and are $25. Visit grazehtx.com to order.
The Houston Dairymaids welcome cheese enthusiasts to build charcuterie boxes online or create their own boxes locally onsite, along with the option to ship these abundant boxes as gifts. The $70 Dairymaid Trio Deluxe is a selection of three of America’s best handmade cheeses packed with Oregon roasted hazelnuts and local preserves, while the decadent Domestic Bliss box is a splurge at $130, boasting perfect meat and cheese courses with accompaniments, from triple cream brie and Olympia Provisions artisan salami to Roelli Haus select Wisconsin cheddar. Visit houstondairymaids.com to order.
Charcuterie by Christie
Christie Tang adds thoughtful preparation and personal touches to charcuterie boxes ranging from single sizes to “moveable feast” sizes which serve up to six, making them the perfect party favor. Boxes with utensils are made up of cheeses, meats, fruit, nuts and crackers with add-ons like baguette and crudites. Feel good about getting your snack on — 10% of this charcuterie-focused business’s profits are donated to Covenant House Texas and CASA, assisting young adults that have aged out of foster care. Visit charcuteriebychristie.com to order.
The Chatty Mouse
The Chatty Mouse puts a spin on its charcuterie box, offering a charcuterie crate coined the “Crazy Crate.” This individual sized container is stocked with brie, manchego, cheddar, swiss, salami, crackers, pistachios, pretzels, fruit, olives, a honey stick, and chocolate. Ideal for catered events or small gatherings, 12 crates must be purchased as a minimum. Visit thechattymouse.com to order.
Montrose Cheese & Wine
Guests may have full reign over the creation of their cheese and charcuterie boxes from Montrose Cheese & Wine — which are built in visually appealing compostable wooden catering boxes — or allow one of MCW’s experts to curate a selection. A small box of cheese, which boasts five ½ lb. pieces with lemon almonds and hazelnuts, grapes and local honey starts at $95, while a box of charcuterie including three ½ lb. selections of meat alongside house marinated olives and cornichons is $90. Visit montrosecheeseandwine.com to order or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to customize an order.
Boards by Louie
Crissy McDowell, a.k.a. “Louie”, has gained notoriety for her completely customizable charcuterie boards, but has also gained notoriety for offering mini, small and large boxes for corporate catering gigs, so much so that she offers a subscription service for regular customers. Boxes includes seasonal meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts or seeds and crackers and she builds vegetarian boxes too. Visit boardsbylouie.com to order.