Guess Who's Coming to Dinner ?

With the arrival of warmer weather and longer days the crew here at The Village Shoppe thoughts are turning towards  Spring / Summer Entertaining. All those dreary winter months of pouring over cooking magazines , comparing new recipes and ideas for the next get together.

One fun and relaxed entertaining idea is  charcuterie boards, Charcuterie originated in France with smoked, dry-cured or cooked meat. As it gained popularity people began creating charcuterie boards filled with cheeses, meats, and even fruit. These charcuterie boards are a perfect party staple because they are so versatile for any occasion, whether large or small. Assembling this appetizer is effortless and can be enjoyable when choosing your favorite meats and cheeses. As tasty as this board is, it is also easy to make it picture perfect once you have a beautiful board

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A new favorite vendor for us is Europe2You, based in Atlanta Georgia with workshops in Poland and France.Europe2You captures the spirit of the quintessential European lifestyle by transforming its utilitarian objects into treasured accents for the modern home. Every item in their collection tells the story of an era past, each unique in its artisanal craftsmanship. Recycled hardwoods become serving boards and trivets, cutting boards and stands. Recycled glass is hand blown into a  unique collection of serving bowls, DemiJohns and Cloches.

If there is one thing for certain, it’s that we think there is raw beauty in minor imperfections.   

Once you break out this authentic board, you will want to bring out the best of the best when it comes to charcuterie assembly. Add your cheeses, meats, crackers and breads, then mix it up with sweet pairings like sliced apples, grapes on the vine and jams or jellies (Try our favorite - Fig Jam). Incorporate nuts and olives for an additional element of taste and you can even use small sticks of rosemary for garnish. Let your guests mix and match combinations of each ingredient and they will snack all night long.

There is nothing better than having a decorative piece in your home that can be displayed numerous ways and also serve as a conversation starter

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These functional serving pieces are also beautiful when not in use, on display in your kitchen or bar area. Adding a kind of raw and organic beauty to an area with so many hard surfaces.

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Stop by The Village Shoppe soon to see these along with other Spring/Summer favorites !