Those beautiful meat-and-cheese boards at restaurants don't seem that difficult to make at home, but mine never look as sophisticated as the ones I see on Instagram.
There's an art to composing thin slices of cured meats, tiny wedges of cheese, little piles of nuts and small jars of spreadable meats and condiments, and it's a specialty that Austin pate-maker Jackie Letelier has been perfecting in the past few years.
She's the former owner of an artisan company called Pâté Letelier who has been teaching pâté and terrine-making classes at Confituras, just off South Lamar Boulevard, but this month, she's launching a new company called Casero, which specializes in making those beautiful charcuterie and cheese boards.
Letelier's ready-to-serve boards feature her housemade pâtés, rillettes, mustards and pickles, and she also includes seasonal fruits and vegetables and locally-made jams, honey and cheeses. Customers can customize the boards or her let pick an arrangement of snacks that are suitable for dinner parties, birthdays, holiday events or other gatherings.
Letelier has been working with local farms and foodmakers since the days of running her pâté company, so look for crackers from Austin's The Sourdough Project, flowers from La Flaca and pâté made with chicken livers from Dewberry Hills Farm. The crudités board is vegan and includes a white bean and roasted garlic dip, and Letelier can also replace the traditional cheeses with vegetarian cheeses, if requested.
You can place an order for delivery or pick up at caseroaustin.com. Most orders require 48 hour notice. The small charcuterie boards start at $98, including the wooden board on which the meats and accoutrements are served. Delivery costs $10, and you can pick up the boards for no charge at Confituras, 2129 Goodrich Ave.
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