Today I’m speaking with Dianna, the founder of Breaking Bread LI, who makes charcuterie boards to bring people together. We discuss what makes the perfect charcuterie bite and its origins in France.
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From Hobby to Local Business
Talking with Dianna, I learned about her inspiration that led her to taking her hobby and turning it into a business. After the passing of her grandmother in August, Dianna was looking for something to raise her spirits and decided to made a charcuterie board.
From a single Instagram post to having 4 orders in the first day, Breaking Bread was born only a few short weeks ago at the beginning of September 2020. Hearing the story in its entirety made me so happy since supporting local businesses like this one is what the Big Food Talk was intended for.
The discussion made me reminisce about the late Anthony Bourdain who knew how important food was for brining people together and breaking down barriers.
What Goes on a Charcuterie Board?
The way Dianna explains it, there’s something on a charcuterie board for everyone in the room. Breaking Bread allows her customers to customize what’s on their boards so you’re guaranteed to get what you want.
Look out for my date night video on YouTube where I show you exactly what went on the charcuterie board Dianna made for me. It was diverse and hit all the points of salty, sweet, savory, spicy and sour. Dianna strives for diversity in every charcuterie board she makes which includes a variety of meats and cheeses.
If you’re a charcuterie board connoisseur like myself and Dianna you’ll want to try a mixing things up and stacking your board ingredients into one perfect bite.
What Does Charcuterie Mean?
I was curios to hear Dianna’s explanation since I had a definition already prepared courtesy of the Webstuarant Store that says, “Charcuterie is a branch of cooking involving prepared meats, such as ham, sausage, bacon, confit, or other pork products. The word originated in France, and it translates to “pork-butcher shop.” While the original French translation refers to pork, modern charcuterie boards can include other types of food, such as duck, goose, chicken, cheese, toast, fruit, or other options.”
For Dianna and Breaking Bread, one of her favorite meats is Italian speck and capicola which she’s familiar with since her family is Italian.
Heading into the Holidays
People have been ordering charcuterie boards as a way to entertain themselves at home during the pandemic and quarantine. It makes a great gift for birthdays and anniversary’s. As we head into the holidays, having a professionally made charcuterie board can really set this years meal apart if you’re hosting or if you’re staying.
If you’re thinking of learning the art of charcuterie you can check out the book that Dianna uses for inspiration called, This Cheese Plate Will Change Your Life.
If you really want to be a hero this holiday season, buy a charcuterie board from Breaking Bread and the book as a gift for your favorite foodie. (I hope wife reads this because I know I’d want this gift.) Don’t forget to mention the Big Food Talk for $5 off your board!