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Autumn Grazing Table Tips to Wow Your Guests

Thanksgiving is days away. The traditional holiday feast is the centerpiece of the occasion, but what will be the starter when family and guests begin to arrive? Here are some tips for an Autumn grazing board that will keep your guests mingling and snacking before the main course.

What is a grazing table? A grazing table is simply a table filled with different food that allows guests to "graze" throughout the event.

Unlike a buffet, which has several specific dishes lined up next to each other, a grazing

table has a variety of foods mixing and mingling in one big display. It's like a charcuterie and cheese board to the extreme.

There is no right or wrong way to laying out a grazing table. The fun part is that there are no rules, and you can use your creativity to make it your own!

What do you need to create a grazing table?

  • Tablecloth OR use butcher paper to cover tables

  • Cheese boards of various sizes, woods, and types

  • Small bowls to hold dips, sauces, and small food that might otherwise roll off the board or food that should be served in its own juices (i.e. olives, marinated peppers)

  • Variety of serving plates

  • Cake stands to help add height and volume to the display

  • Variety of serving utensils

  • Mix and match sets of plates and utensils

  • Fresh flowers, either from your garden or store-bought

What ingredients should you use?

  • Meats- such as prosciutto, salami, turkey, ham, and sausage.

  • Fruit - seasonal is best to keep with the holiday theme - grapes, figs, pears, and pomegranates.

  • Vegetables- carrots, brocolli, cauliflower, sweet potato, mushroom, squash, and zucchini.

  • Cheeses- Manchego, Brie, Gruyere, and other sliced or cubed varieties.

  • Carbs & Nuts- crackers, baguettes, almonds, cashews, and breadsticks.

  • Dips - spinach and artichoke dips are always enjoyed.

  • Sweets- chocolate bars broken into pieces, kettle corn, and almond bark are a few options.

The final key ingredient to a good gathering is to relax and enjoy time with friends and family.

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