Thank you to all who voted for us during the 2019 Great American Board Off! The Great American Board Off is a competition hosted by La Querica, in which industry professionals across the country have the opportunity to compete to win the title of the nation’s top meat board artist. We finished solidly in 7th place, out of more than 60 participants.
The theme of our board was "Spicy Spicy Hot!". Our head cheesemonger Nicole Connelly highlighted La Querica's 'Nduja, Prosciutto Piccante, and Prosciutto Americano, with Casella's Spicy Cacciatorini. Meats were paired along with cheeses to accentuate heat or cool it down: Red Hawk, Stilton, Comte, and Grana Padano. Accompaniments include house-made roasted almonds, Dardiman's Blood Orange Crisps, Askinosie 72%, dry cured olives, and BRINS Chili Pepper Jam. Flowers were foraged from Brooklyn sidewalks, of course!
We had so much fun creating this years board, and were so happy to see everyone else’s beautiful designs. It’s a good reminder that any time you make a cheese board is an exercise in creativity and imagination. If you’d like some extra pointers on how we create our cheese boards at the Larder, view our Cheese Board Making Basics right here.