Build Your Own Charcuterie Board with Locally Sourced Fixings

Whether you’re looking to appetise the crowd at your next soirée or treat yourself to a special treat, here’s where to find the fixings for a charcuterie board fit to delight and excite any appetite. 

[From April 2021 issue] Slate board, Stock Culinary Goods, Providence. Sweet soppressata salami, Gastros, Humboldt Fog, Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery, Cranston. Small gold spreader, Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet, North Kingstown. White Stilton with mango and ginger, Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery. Bonne Maman jam, Dave’s Marketplace. DeLallo olives, Dave’s Marketplace. Del Duca prosciutto, Daniele Charcuterie, Hungarian salame, Daniele Charcuterie. Bayley Hazen, Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery. Gold cheese knives, Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet. Cranberry pistachio crisps, Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery. Bourbon bacon salami, Gastros. Pepperoni, Daniele Charcuterie. Giardiniera Gastros. White ramekins, Wickford Gourmet Factory Outlet. Rustic Bakery sourdough flatbread, Edgewood Cheese Shop and Eatery. Styled by Samantha Labrecque. Photography by Meaghan Susi.

To begin putting together your locally sourced snack board, it’s important to have a good selection of cheeses, meats, crackers, fruits, veggies and of course, a decent bottle of vino to go with it.  

Where to Get Meats:  

For cured meats like salami, chorizo, prosciutto and much more, visit Gastro’s Craft Meats in Woonsocket. For gourmet selections of salami like a red wine and garlic to a bourbon and bacon, you can easily customize the flavor of your board and get creative with new combinations. Del Duca in Pascoag also offers imported Italian genoa salami, thinly-sliced chorizo and aged sopressata with notes of black peppercorn, garlic and sea salt.  

Where to Get Cheeses:  

For gourmet selections of cheeses you didn’t even know existed, visit Edgewood Cheese Shop for an oh-so-delicious selection of everything from French Brie to the sharpest of Vermont Cheddars. Also, if you’re not in the mood to keep shopping for your charcuterie board, then let Edgewood Cheese Shop do it for you. The shop offers a menu of small to large platters fit to cater to any cheesy whim. Also be sure to check out The Cheese Wheel Village Market in Tiverton for over 175 varieties of both imported and domestic cheeses. For a more comprehensive guide to all the best places to get cheese in Rhode Island, see our roundup here 

Where to Get Fruits and Vegetables:  

What better way to get the freshest produce than at a Farmer’s Market? Farm Fresh RI hosts a year-round farmer’s market at its headquarters in Providence where a selection of local farmers and vendors sell fresh offerings of fruits, vegetables and much more. Visit Farm Fresh RI’s website to check the dates and times for the seasonal farmer’s markets popping up all over the state.  

Best Italian Markets for Fillers:  

A charcuterie board is not just about the meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies, afterall. For crackers, nuts, chocolates, dips, jams, pepperoncini peppers, olives and all other fixings for the snack board of your dreams, visit local Italian markets. Explore the shelves of Venda Ravioli to find balsamic glazes, red pepper jellies or olives stuffed with bleu cheese. Get inspired with the offerings at Tony’s Colonial Food Store; maybe you’ll choose the vinegar antipasti, dried dates with an apricot jam or even the marinated artichoke hearts. Get creative.  

Where to Get Wine:  

For the pièce de résistance, check out some of the vineyards and wineries blossoming in the Ocean State to discover your new favorite bottle of vino. If you can’t get enough of the fruit on your snack board and want to incorporate your apple slices, strawberries or oranges to your drink, pick up a bottle of the Scarlet Run Red from Diamond Hill Vineyards in Cumberland for a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon that lends itself to being made into a sangria due to its hint of fruitiness and lack of exposure to oak. Visit Verde Vineyards in Johnston to try its newest blend: the Petite Pearl for notes of  nutmeg, cloves, burnt orange peel and blackberry.  

Rhode Island has a lot of hidden gems when it comes to local shops, farmer’s markets and vineyards, and it seems that there’s no better way to support them than with your very own charcuterie board. So whether you’re busting out a board for date night or your next fancy event, supporting local businesses while experimenting with food will definitely give you something to cheers to.