As a black and woman owned business it’s important for us to support and amplify other black and woman owned businesses. One way that we do this is through the sourcing of our accoutrements. When available, we like to try to incorporate jams, honey, chocolates and other items produced by black owned companies. We are currently in the process of curating our list for the upcoming year and we thought that we’d share it with you. Some of these items are new to us while others are old favorites.
Throughout this holiday season and the upcoming year, we encourage you to check out these brands and find ways to incorporate them into your at-home charcuterie boards. If you’re not quite sure how to include these, we’ve included a few suggestions below.
- We are so excited to try this new to us jam! The jams available from this brand are unique and unexpected and would be a nice addition to any charcuterie board. We love the Cranberry, Raspberry and Sage jam and we’re excited to try the Blueberry Lemon Basil Jam as well as the Smoked Peach Jam. We think these jams would pair nicely atop baked Brie or folded into whipped ricotta.
- Linda Grams is a local RVA based brand that we love. We first had these crackers last summer and we have been hooked ever since. These graham crackers are decadent and pair beautifully with fruits and cheeses. We would suggest including these on a dessert/sweets cheese plate or crumbling them and using them as a topping on a sweet dip.
- These crackers are great paired with a hearty dip such as hummus or tabouleh. We’ve tried the Tomato and Basil as well as the Rosemary Garlic crackers and really enjoyed them.
- This is another item that we are excited to try. This Italian extra virgin olive oil is produced by a husband-and-wife team. Drawing on their background in olive oil production, design and wine, they have produced an olive oil that has made it onto the pages and websites of Food52 and Forbes and onto Oprah’s 2020 Favorite Things List!
- We initially ran across this brand back at the beginning of the year and were immediately drawn in. Not only is the packaging eye-catching but the flavors sound amazing. These candied pecans are definingly on our list of things to try holiday season.
- This honey is another Oprah’s 2020 Favorite Things List pick. When we finally got a chance to try it and it did not disappoint. Produced by a Brooklyn NY based family, this honey is perfection. They have several flavors and varieties to try, and all would be great options to drizzle onto salty salami and cheese. If you’ve had a chance to check out our Holiday Gift Basket, then you would know that this is one of the items included in the set. (If you haven’t, check it out here) We are so excited that we had the opportunity to include this.
- If you are looking for a better-for-you chocolate bar, then this is the bar for you. Born out of her love for her daughter, this bar is, organic, paleo, dairy-free, plant-based, vegan and has no soy lecithin, cane sugar, refined sugar or emulsifiers. There are seven varieties available, all of which can be included as sweet treat, particularly on a plant-based or vegetarian charcuterie board.
- If you are looking for a more traditional chocolate bar, then Sol Cacao is a good option. This company is owned by three brothers based in NY who share a love for their Caribbean culture and cacao. The company produces three bars, each of which only contains two ingredients, cacao and cane sugar. Again, this is another great option to include as a sweet bite on your next board.
- Popcorn is a very unexpected charcuterie board ingredient but can be a great option on a more casual family tailored board. We love to include it when making boards for the kids. If incorporating popcorn into your next board, this popcorn from Lammar Marie’s Gourmet Popcorn is a good option. We really love the caramel popcorn as well as the kettle corn.