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Building a Holiday Snacking Board

A step-by-step guide to building the best snacking board this holiday season!

What better way to kick off a holiday celebration than with a delightful AND delicious snacking board? Satisfy any crowd with a custom board full of cheese, charcuterie, crackers, fruit, nuts and spreads.

This snacking board is more than a charcuterie board. While delicious charcuterie is layered in this board, charcuterie only refers to cured meats. So, unless you’re planning on a heaping platter of prosciutto and sopressata (we won’t judge), tune into this complete snacking board!

Need some guidance when shopping for ingredients? Here are some of our favorites:


  • Beecher’s Smoked Cheddar
  • Face Rock Cheddars
  • River’s Edge or Vermont Creamery goat cheese
  • Smoked Gouda or Manchego
  • Brie
  • La Tur
  • Rogue River blue cheese

Cured Meats

  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • Coro Mole
  • Fra’Mani Toscano
  • Olympia Provisions Etna
  • Alps Coppa


  • Albina City candied pecans & hazelnuts
  • Marcona almonds
  • Mixed olives
  • Oregon Growers fruit spreads
  • Effie’s crackers
  • Raincoast crisps
  • Heirloom apples
  • Red & green grapes
  • Citrus
  • Berries
  • Honeycomb

Still not sure on your shopping list? Our cheesemongers are happy to help you curate the perfect list in store!

Once you’ve found your perfect cheeses, cured meats, and accoutrements at Zupan’s, you can start building your board. Follow these helpful step-by-step guides for an Insta-worthy final product!

Step 1

Start with smaller dishes. Fill pinchbowls and small serving bowls with olives, nuts, spreads and jams. Don’t forget utensils for the spreads.

Step 2

Build your cheeses in. Add blocks of cheese in the open areas of your board. Add any cheeseknives suitable for your board.

Pro Tip: Pre-slice sections of cheese for easy serving!

Step 3

Layer your sliced charcuterie, filling in areas between bowls & cheese.

Step 4

Add your crackers. Fill any larger gaps on your board with crackers and crisps, which can also be stacked & fanned!

Step 5

Fill in the gaps with fresh fruit, like berries, grapes and sliced apples. Our secret to a GREAT snacking board? Honeycomb for added sweetness!

Pro Tip: Match your fruits with your cheeses. Manchego pairs perfectly with apples, while brie pairs best with figs. Our cheesemongers will happily help you find the perfect cheeses, charcuterie, and fruit for your snacking board!


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