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The Best Meat and Cheese Gift Baskets to Order Online

Impress your party guests with a top-notch meat and cheese plate.

Planning a party isn’t always easy. You need to create a menu and a guest list, taking into account dietary restrictions and any social issues that could arise through an ill-advised seating arrangement. Why not take at least some of the hassle out of the equation by ordering a meat and cheese platter from one of America’s top purveyors? It will ensure that guests have something to nosh on before they sit down to dinner. Alternatively, if you are a guest for a soiree, what better way to say thank you or kick the night off on a high note with a gift basket filled with meat and cheeses to enjoy early on in the evening.

“Charcuterie and cheese were made for each other,” Cabot Cheese proclaims on its website. As cheese expert Liz Thorpe explains in Serious Eats, “If you’re setting out a nice cheese plate, you may want more on there than cheese alone. Honey, fruit, and crackers are easy enough additions. But cured meat adds substance and heft to cheese like nothing else.” That heft can come from a whole muscle meat, like prosciutto, or an encased meat, like salami. As with cheese, it’s good to consider a mix of textures and flavors as you assemble your selections. Also remember the adage, “what grows together goes together.” Parmigiano Reggiano and prosciutto di Parma, for example, are an exellent pairing as both come from the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

Now, thanks to retailers offering nationwide shipping and sites like Goldbelly facilitating it for them, you can get some of the best meat and cheese boards sent straight to your home. Here are the top selections to order from the top purveyors, like Eli Zabar in New York, Oakville Grocery in Napa Valley, and Blackberry Farm in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Bon appétit!