About Eureka Charcuterie
The biggest foodie phenomenon of the last decade is more accessible than ever with the opening of Eureka Charcuterie, a retail shop and online store offering top-quality Charcuterie products and teaching food-lovers about Charcuterie and all the health benefits of “intentional snacking,” aka the Grazing Lifestyle.
The hours for the store in downtown Eureka Springs are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday-Mondays (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
The store is located at 77 Spring St. in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
All the in-store products are also offered in the online shop – and shipping is available for any purchase to any customer location. Customers may also order ahead and pick up at the store when they’re in town to save time.
Eureka Charcuterie – a brainchild of Eureka Springs resident, chef, and businessman Scott Dobbins – also shares regular blogs and videos with recipes, product features, and instructions for building an Instagram-worthy Charcuterie platter, recipes, and expert advice on how to spice up your table and impress your guests (and your tummy).
Livestream demonstrations featuring local and regionally acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs are also in the works, as are Charcuterie-board contests for customers and our #FoodieFamily subscribers! (Subscribe here to receive weekly updates, special sales, new products, contest announcements, livestream alerts, and new blog posts with ideas and tips for spicing up your table.)
Eureka Charcuterie’s product line includes a thoughtfully chosen variety of cured meats, cheese varieties, sauces, veggies and world-famous artisan chocolates. Staff are available in the store or via email or Facebook Messenger to answer questions and advise on building a board suited to any guests’ taste preferences and dietary needs and on any budget.
Indeed, Charcuterie boards are one of the easiest ways to feed and impress a group of any size and any number of dietary restrictions; Charcuterie is incredibly flexible and quickly adjustable to any tastes or budget.
What is Charcuterie?
Charcuterie (pronounced shar-COO-tur-ree) originally referred to a selection of cold cured meats, and it has been a food staple in Europe for over 500 years. Curing is a process that dries the meat out slowly, while preserving it with salt and spices – instead of modern-day preservative chemicals such as nitrates.
So basically, curing with salt and spices cooks the meat and keeps it from going bad at the same time; sometimes the curing process can take months. There are many types of Charcuterie meats, including salami and prosciutto; even more common things like pepperoni and bacon are technically cured meats.
A Charcuterie platter – also called a Charcuterie board, but it doesn’t have to be served on a wooden platter – usually includes a broad supporting cast of cheeses, spreads, crackers, nuts, fruit, produce, and fine sweets like dark chocolate.
According to food-industry statistics, Charcuterie is the biggest food trend in years, and a search on social media for the hashtag #charcuterie reveals how much fun and satisfied bellies are credited to Charcuterie boards, with millions of photos and recipes posted in just the past two years.
Wondering where this phenomenon came from? Charcuterie certainly isn’t new, but thanks to increasingly easy ways to purchase specialty food items, the popularity of creating a platter of no-fuss foods for intentional snacking has exploded into not just a food trend but also a creative outlet for its fans, who note the therapeutic satisfaction in creating an art-worthy Charcuterie platter.
Ready to try Charcuterie?
To learn more about Charcuterie and try it for yourself, check out our blog for an overview and step-by-step instructions on how to build a hashtag-worthy platter.
The best aspect of Charcuterie boards is the flexibility they afford: Scale portions up or down depending on the number of guests, adjust ingredients for dietary needs and preferences, or include foods within a specific color palette or from a specific geographical region.
Building a Charcuterie platter is somewhat formulaic, so don’t let all the options overwhelm you. Let us help you make your dining guests and your tummy happy!