Grazing tables were a big trend in 2019, when bountiful spreads of dramatically arranged snacks were literally ripe for the picking. This year’s new age of social distancing may require individual serving utensils for any holiday grazing tables, but it’s also led to the rise of grazing box delivery services. Here are three local, independent companies that will bring gorgeous, cocktail party-worthy sustenance to your home during Thanksgiving week (and beyond), in case you don’t have the patience to create your own meat-and-cheese masterpiece.
Melanie Flint, owner of Denver-based Cheese Meat Board, wants her snacks to satisfy every member of your household—even the four-legged ones. The eight-month-old grazing box delivery business sells a Charpoocherie box that’s filled with dog treats, including a selection from Mouthfuls pet supply in Berkeley, a peanut butter dipping cup, and a toy. “I really believe that charcuterie is for all,” Flint says.
The hospitality vet’s nine years of experience in the catering industry and personal preferences inspire Cheese Meat Board’s delicious, artfully arranged combinations, such as sage Derby and nutty mimolette cheeses paired with mild dry salami and spicy sopressata. All of her snack cones, boxes, and boards come with accoutrements such as sliced bread, green Lucques olives, pistachios, dark chocolate, seasonal fresh fruit, and at least one dip, the likes of hot pepper bacon jam or whipped honey.
“When I find a flavor I love, I want to share it with the world,” says Flint, who makes all of her company’s offerings in a commercial kitchen and delivers herself across the Front Range, from downtown Denver and Erie to Fort Lupton, Parker, and Lone Tree.
While Flint plans to close on Thanksgiving Day and is sold out of deliveries for Wednesday, November 25, she hopes customers will consider ordering a selection for the rest of the holiday week and in December, when she plans to produce a special festive board featuring a ring of brie shaped like a wreath.
Meat Cheese Board has a variety of sizes, from individual meat and cheese cones ($5 to $7) and one-person boxes ($10) to grazing boards for up to 10 ($130) and the Charpoocherie option ($10). Delivery is free within the Denver metro area and costs $15 for addresses beyond this radius.
Emina Spahic launched Golden Graze Boxes to share her family traditions of eating mezze, those savory small plates often arranged on a platter or board as an appetizer or light meal. The 23-year-old moved to Golden from Louisville, Kentucky, in March and started the business in September. “I grew up eating mezze because my family is from Bosnia. Usually my family pickles their own vegetables and smokes their own meats for it,” Spahic says.
For Golden Graze Boxes, Spahic makes Instagram-ready meat and cheese platters and also has a crudité option that includes selections of fresh veggies accompanied by green goddess dressing, garlic hummus, or organic spinach-parmesan-artichoke dip. The selections in the charcuterie boxes are inspired by the flavors she grew up eating or discovered via research. Slices of apple with pumpkin gouda and sweet-and-spicy pecans; maple crackers with orange pistachio salami, triple cream brie, and rosemary; and rosemary-raisin pecan crisps with blue cheese and fig jam are some of her current favorite fall pairings.
Spahic is accepting orders for delivery on Thanksgiving, and every offering is peppered with goodies like spiced nuts, olives, yogurt- or chocolate-covered pretzels, and other treats. In December, she’s excited to partner with Berkeley’s Il Porcellino Salumi to offer European cured meats—Spanish chorizo, finocchiona salami, saucisson sec, and rosette de Lyon—and hopes to add a Bosnian-themed grazing board in the future.
Golden Graze Boxes wares come in several sizes, including a one-person box ($25 for one meat and one cheese) and a large box that feeds up to 10 ($150 for four meats and four cheeses); check the menu in the business’ Instagram stories and use this form to order. Delivery is free in Golden and costs $8 for up to 10 miles from Golden and $15 outside of that area. 24-hours notice is required for all orders.
While you can’t browse the cases lined with temping triple-cream brie, Roquefort, and manchego inside So Damn Gouda Cheese & Provisions’ store right now due to limited-capacity restrictions, owner-cheesemonger Mike Keuler and his crew are happy to bring platters of the goods (and anything else you need from the shop) to your doorstep. In fact, Keuler has operated a cheese plate delivery business for five years, even before he and his wife, Cori, opened the Sunnyside storefront in the former Cheese & Provisions space in 2018.
Keuler, who started his culinary career at Johnson and Wales University and is an alum of Boulder’s Frasca Food & Wine, uses his fine-dining know how to curate his charcuterie boards and optional wine pairings. Turkey Day is So Damn Gouda’s biggest holiday, and this year the shop hopes to sell 200 Thanksgiving platters and boxes. All will include three cheese varieties—mimolette, brie-style Delice Mon Sire, and smooth Prairie Breeze cheddar—with a parade of fixings, including house-made crostini, apple-pear chutney, Castelvetrano olives, Valencia almonds, and fresh fruit.
Those who order the deluxe Thanksgiver option (pictured above) will receive everything that comes with the standard box, along with a fourth cheese (ultra-creamy Butterkäse) and one of Keuler’s famed French onion cheese balls. To make an upscale version of the potluck classic, Keuler dehydrates over five pounds of chopped onions for two days to mix with Emmental cheese, a mild Swiss variety. “We always make a cheese ball because I grew up in the Midwest,” he says. “This one is like French onion soup meets French onion dip.”
So Damn Gouda—the only charcuterie business in town with a liquor license— offers wine pairings with its platters, too, so you can add a bottle of red, white, rosé, or sparkling to your delivery.
The Thanksgivinger can feed six to 24 ($53–142), and a smaller size feeds three to four ($38), with options to add meats and additional items for an extra cost; other boxes that feed two to 24 are also available (starting at $21). The deadline to order a Thanksgiving platter is midnight on Monday, November 23; delivery is available within eight miles from the store on Wednesday, November 25, or you can pick up your order on Thursday, November 26 between 10 a.m.–12 p.m.