What is Charcuterie, anyway?
Charcuterie is a French term for prepared meat products such as bacon, ham, sausages & salami. But today, a charcuterie board could have an array of choices like, cured meats & cheeses, assorted jams or jellies, crackers, breads, and sometimes fruits and assorted nuts. Part of the fun is picking out all the items you want to add to your charcuterie board. But it can also be very overwhelming, too. So, what I have found that makes it so much easier, especially since I must request all the items be gluten free, I just ask for them to prepare something for me. Although, sometimes, that might not be the case, depending on where you are. I was able to try four local restaurants, wine shops and cafes’ that offered charcuterie boards. So, lets’ dive right in!
Burritt on the Mountain
A perfect date night, a cocktail with friends & watching the sun go down, from the elevated open patio, is a great way to unwind and relax from a busy day. They offer a full-service cash bar & snacks to purchase. The make-it-yourself charcuterie box, has everything you need to make the perfect little snack right at your table. Assorted meats, crackers, a block of cheese & watermelon slices and you’re all set. It even includes napkins and plasticware. However, the crackers are not gluten free, so I was unable to enjoy my snack with the crackers. But everything else, worked out perfectly. This was definitely a perfect way to relax and watch the sun set over Huntsville. If you haven’t been to Burritt for Cocktails at The View, I highly recommend checking it out before the end of the season. It’s every Wednesday through October from 5-8.
Located downtown Huntsville, known for having a great wine shop, this quiet little restaurant knocked it out of the “wine cellar” with their charcuterie board. Their unique menu was very overwhelming, so I let my waiter know I was gluten free, but wanted a great board, with the gluten free bread from, Mason Dixon (which is a gluten free bakery in Huntsville) with crackers, meats and cheeses. I also ordered their specialty deviled eggs to add on the board. This board was not only beautiful, but it was also flavorful and amazing! This board was so elegant; I didn’t want to eat it. The duck & the deviled eggs were the stars of the board, hands down. Absolutely, delicious!
Church Street Wine Shop
Not only will you find a great selection of wine, at Church Street Wine Shop, but they also have charcuterie boards. Unfortunately, I am not a wine drinker, so pairing the perfect wine with my charcuterie board, well, that wasn’t going to happen. Although this charcuterie board, was all gluten free, it lacked on variety. No crackers or bread. Which, I understand because not all places offer gluten free options. But, the flavor and presentation, were beautiful. My favorite was the apricot jam. It paired well with the meats and chesses. If you are looking for a quiet place to sip wine, and share a charcuterie board with friends, I would recommend it.
Good Company Café
This quaint little café is adorable, cozy & relaxing. You can choose to sit inside or, (on a cooler day) enjoy the outdoor patio. What I really like about this café, is the menu. They have so many gluten free & vegan options to choose from. I was able to request a charcuterie board filled with gluten free options, including crackers. Yay! They put together the most beautiful and appetizing board, packed full of meats, cheese, olives and the most delicious, sweet bell peppers that just added a nice juicy punch with each bite. This was a great board to end my series with.
Huntsville has so many wonderful places to choose from when it comes to charcuterie boards, I didn’t even get to try half of them; Rhythm on Monroe, The Poppy & Parliament & Bar Vista, just to name a few that offer charcuterie boards around Huntsville. Be sure to check all of them out.
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