Staying in and spreading out some charcuterie essentials is the perfect way to cozy up during the slow, cold winter months. Pick up and pair using these hot charcuterie spots when creating your own cozy charcuterie:

MPI Woodworking

A board is a must in plating your cheese cravings. Although mostly known for woodworking furniture, check out MPI Woodworking by Matt Plazek for his custom-made charcuterie board orders also! Plus, receive a special offer when subscribing to his email list! He prides himself on using locally sourced hardwood and selling kiln-dried live edge slabs. Occasionally, you can find him hosting classes at Workshop PGH.

Chantal’s Cheese Shop

Located on 4402 Penn Ave., Chantal’s Cheese Shop specializes in gourmet, fresh-cut, and artisanal cheeses. From soft, hard, sweet, savory, and more, the unique cheese haven has vegan options, too, like their cashew cheddar spread, herb-rolled cashew chèvre, or vegetable paté. Plus, meat lovers can savor their high end cured meat selections. This place has an abundance to choose from and will fit anyone’s platter palate, including their decadent grilled cheeses!

Salty Pork Bits

Established in 2018, Salty Pork Bits is gaining craving popularity for their salami, sausage, and cured meats, which are pasture raised and sustainably sourced. Chef Justin Severino has been making charcuterie staples for more than 20 years and utilizes his butcher talents to elevate the board game. Throw something different on your board such as Sliced Duck Speck, Calabrese Salami, Lamb Harissa Salami, Guanciale Lardons, Salty Pork Bits, or purchase some Whipped Lardo to spread on a crusty crostini! There’s plenty of savory options and is a must-order. Did we mention they sell their own charcuterie and cheese boards, too?

Pennsylvania Macaroni Co.

Cheeses, meats, and deli delicacies make Pennsylvania Macaroni Co. a one-stop shop for your platter pairings! Fresh food fills the iconic market with local produce to add nutritional value to your board. Plus, peruse their selection of olives, pickles, dips, spreads, sauces, olive oils and get lost in the luxury of options in The Strip!

The Cheese Queen

Don’t feel like building a board yourself? The Cheese Queen has your charcuterie cravings covered! Order online and pick “Boards in a Box,” like her Mini Date Night Box, Medium Date Night Box, or Large Box. Plus, ordering options include a vegetable-only board and her selections of Event Spreads for any size company.

This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.
Colin Parrish

Colin is a Pittsburgh born and raised, daydreamer, restaurant foodie addict whose passions include running, thrifting, camping, and having a healthy amount of coffee or Malbec (depending on the time of day) . As a typical jagoff, you can catch him shopping in the Strip, running in Highland Park, or finding the best hiking views just outside of the city. He is a content manager for YaJagoff Media LLC and currently lives in Etna, PA.

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