First, there were meat and cheese platters. Over time, the popular hors d'oeuvre evolved into what we know as a classier version called a charcuterie board. But it’s much more than that. While at first glance just a meat and cheese spread, a charcuterie board can be customized to hold all different cuisine types to hot chocolate boards, candy, fruits, snack mixes and meats. Whether you’re dining with family, or just a few friends, Springfield businesses have perfected the craft.

What Is A Charcuterie Board?

In the French tradition, charcuterie (pronounced "shahr-ku-tuh-ree") is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and meat products. The idea of charcuterie has become very popular outside of France, and the term has evolved to include a variety of foods besides meat. A charcuterie board is an assortment of meats, cheeses, artisan breads, olives, fruit, and nuts, all artfully arranged on a serving board.

If you’re looking to share a few bites with friends, check out these restaurants and catering companies where you can order your own.

417 Charcuterie

417 Charcuterie boardPhoto courtesy of 417 Charcuterie

417 Charcuterie offers everything from takeaway lunch boxes, date-night boxes, party platters, catering and charcuterie for special occasions such as weddings or special gatherings. The charcuterie boards serve everything from meats and cheeses to fruits and veggies to crackers and bread.

If you’re interested in making your own, 417 Charcuterie also offers various weekly classes. You can even request a private class.

Address: 1323 W. Sunshine St., Springfield, MO 65807

Earth’s Harvest

Earth's Harvest Charcuterie BoardPhoto courtesy of Earth's Harvest

Nestled in the Route 66 Food Truck Park, Earth’s Harvest is about serving up fan-favorite foods with a healthy twist. Their largest charcuterie board includes a gourmet spread of vegan meats such as salami, oven-roasted chicken, turkey, artisanal vegan cheeses such as smoked gouda, cheddar, truffle, pink peppercorn goat cheese style, and a variety of nuts and fruits, both fresh and dried. You must order 48 hours in advance of your desired pick-up time.

Address: 1530 E. St. Louis St, Springfield, MO 65802

Simply Delicious

Charcuterie board at Simply Delicious CateringPhoto courtesy of Simply Delicious Catering

Simply Delicious Catering is all about ordering for big gatherings and special events. Your board will contain fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, assorted cheeses and meats, grapes marinated in champagne, and candied pecans. For other dippers, the board is served with ranch, hummus, and crackers.

Address: 2340 W. Grand, Springfield, MO 65802

Cherry Picker Package & Fare

Fromage plate at Cherry Picker Package Fare

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Although not called a charcuterie board on their menu, their Fromage plate meets the criteria of a charcuterie board. For $8 a person, you can enjoy an arrangement of market-fresh cheeses, dried mango, dried cherries, cashews, olives, Artisan’s Oven baguette, herb butter, apple butter and dijon mustard.

Address: 601 S. Pickwick Ave., Springfield, MO 65802

Lavish Grazing

Lavish Grazing Charcuterie BoardPhoto courtesy of Lavish Grazing

Lavish Grazing is all about creating beautiful grazing boxes, boards, and tables. A standard charcuterie board or box will set you back $35 and is full of unique cheese and tasty charcuterie; overflowing with a variety of fruits, vegetables, jams and mustards, dried goods and crackers to compliment.

If you’re curious about making your own, charcuterie classes start at just $45 a person.

Address: 1432 E. Trafficway St, Springfield, MO 65802

The Order 

Fresh is the name of the game at The Order. Inside the Hotel Vandivort Restaurant, guests are provided with only local ingredients. The signature charcuterie board is made only of the chef’s selection of locally sourced meats and cheeses paired with seasonal jam, pickled vegetables and housemade crackers.

Address: 305 E. Walnut St., Springfield, MO 65806