Wood Serving Boards
Elevate Your Entertaining with Wood Serving Boards
Wood serving boards are versatile and practical additions to your entertaining arsenal. Not only are they perfect for serving food, but they also add a warm, rustic charm to your table settings. From small boards for intimate gatherings to large boards for creating stunning party displays, there are many ways to incorporate wood serving boards into your entertaining.
Wood serving boards have a long history in European cuisine, particularly in cheesemaking and charcuterie. In Europe, it is common to see wood serving boards laden with a variety of artisanal cheeses and cured meats, often accompanied by fresh bread, fruits, and nuts. This style of serving food is not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing, showcasing the beauty and variety of the food being served.
Wood serving boards in European cuisine date back centuries, with some of the oldest examples in Italy and France. These boards were often made from local woods, such as oak or beech, and were used to serve a variety of foods, including cheese, meat, and bread. Over time, the use of wood serving boards has become a beloved tradition in European cuisine, with many families passing down their boards from one generation to the next.
Today, wood serving boards are still commonly used in European homes and restaurants, often as a centerpiece for gatherings and meals. They are particularly popular for serving cheese and charcuterie, as the wood helps to maintain the proper temperature and moisture levels for these foods. Additionally, the natural beauty of the wood enhances the visual appeal of the food being served, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
We have taken this tradition and adapted it to our own version of entertaining and hospitality. For us, a wood serving board is the simplest, statement-making way to entertain a crowd with a dramatic presentation and a simple clean-up. From a cocktail party spread to a beach party picnic or a backyard gathering, we use our wood boards as a way to serve and present casually, beautifully, and with a European flair.
Some ideas for using wood serving boards include:
Cheese and Charcuterie - Use a medium-sized wood serving board to present a selection of cheeses, cured meats, and accompaniments like fruit, nuts, and crackers.
Vegetable Crudités - A large wood serving board is perfect for presenting a colorful array of fresh vegetables, dips, and sauces.
Antipasto - Use a rectangular wood serving board to create an Italian-inspired antipasto platter with cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives, and bread.
Dessert - Use a wood serving board to present a selection of desserts, such as cakes, cookies, and fruits, for a stunning and rustic display.
Sushi - Wood serving boards provide a beautiful and functional surface for arranging sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi.
Candle Display - Use wood serving boards to create a stunning display of Hudson Grace unscented pillar candles, arranged in a decorative pattern.
When choosing wood serving boards, look for options made from high-quality, durable wood, such as maple, walnut, or teak. These woods are not only beautiful but also long-lasting and easy to maintain. Many boards are made from reclaimed wood, giving them a unique character and charm.
Wood serving boards are versatile and practical additions to your entertaining arsenal. With so many uses, from serving food to creating decorative displays, they are a must-have for any host or hostess.