By Andrea Patrick // Photography by Jamison Mosley
It doesn’t seem already possible, but fall is officially upon us. To me, this season means Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler temperatures and dark colors. And I really make it a point to invoke those themes when planning events this time of year, especially when designing charcuterie boards.
This month, some of us will find ourselves hosting parties that include kids and those who are still young at heart. It’s an excuse to be fun, let your hair down (or put on a ghostly wig). We can have that same kind of fun with our food. (That’s right, I’m giving you permission to play with your food.)
With all of these elements in mind, I designed the following charcuterie boards — one savory, the other sweet. Follow my vision to a T, or simply use mine as inspiration to follow a similar theme but in your own way.
For the sweet board, I thought of the anticipation many people have with the coming holiday season — the glee, the vibrancy. We’re tucking summer away and unpacking autumn.
• Pumpkin spiced everything is the ruler of taste buds.
• Like it or not, it’s candy corn season.
• When shopping for the sweet board, I wanted cheerfulness and consistency.
For the savory dinner board, I couldn’t help but think of a fall wardrobe and stylings. Time for dark lipstick, boots and scarves.
• The contrast of the sweet and savory are meant to satisfy every eye and appetite.
• This time of year isn’t simply about trick-or-treating and pumpkin pie. It’s about fun and indulgence.
• Greens, oranges, browns, purples and wine immediately were my muse; the colors of a deep and moody autumn; the time of year where it gets dark early. Staying home with a fire is a relief.