Sometimes, actually many times in the past few months, I have thrown my hands in the air when trying to figure out what to make for dinner.
I have a giant list of ideas written in pen on freezer paper that is posted on the wall, and we have made our way through it after eating so many breakfasts, lunches and dinners at home. And at the end of the week, I just can’t look at another sink full of dishes. So it’s either “fend for yourselves night” or I quickly throw together “snack dinner” on a sheet pan and call it a day.
In past years, if guests were coming, the meal would include a charcuterie platter — a gorgeous array of cured meats and artisan cheese artfully arranged with fruits, nuts, and assorted condiments. Lately, it has come to mean sliced ham and cheese and bread for make-your-own sandwiches or mini corndogs, chicken nuggets and French fries with bowls of various dipping sauces. Many friends have recently posted pictures of gorgeous charcuterie and cheese platters — now often called “grazing platters” — on social media that were carried out or delivered from chefs, caterers or retail spots around town.
Because I typically make my own, I took to social media to ask friends for their suggestions of local grazing platter artists. I was thrilled to hear of so many people I was unaware of who are making them. Grazing tables were set to be the trendiest wedding and party food of the year before all of the weddings and parties were canceled due to coronavirus. Google “grazing platters” and more than a million results pop up, with gorgeous photos to accompany them. A trendy antipasto platter is an excellent option for brunch guests, a quick fix for a small staff meeting or the perfect pairing for an intimate dinner on the patio. And cleanup is a breeze.
For all of these suggestions, check websites and social media for current hours.
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