The #charcuterie fans have spoken! The winners of our Halloween Charcuterie competition as chosen by those voting last week are:
Grand Prize: Jennifer D. of Naperville, Illinois
Second Place: Karie S. of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Third Place: Terrah G. of Cave Springs, Arkansas
Congratulations to the winners! We’ve posted all the top ten finalists that were voted on, so you all can get some inspiration for next year’s competition!
Thank you to everyone who participated and voted. We had so many amazing entries and saw a lot of talent among the charcuterie community!
Grand Prize winner by Jennifer D.
Thistle Hill sage derby, Belton Farms port wine derby, Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen blue (for “Dracula” fangs), Murray’s mini Brie, Espresso BellaVitano, Chavrie goat cheese mixed with honey (for ghost faces), Cranberry orange goat cheese, Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, St. Andre triple cream with Jammy! Merlot wine jam
Peppered salami, Tempesta ‘Nduja Spicy Spreadable salami (in cauldron), Speck, Bresaola
Moon drop grapes, Raincoast crisps, Tri-color carrots, Blackberries, Blueberries, Ghost and bat chips, Apricots, Multi grain crackers
Second Place winner by Karie S.
Cheeses: Bayley Hazen Blue, dill havarti, cheddar plus gruyere, smoked gouda and smoked cheddar
Meats: Hot calabrese, sopressata, peppercorn salami, smoked coppa and Italian speck
Crackers: Taralli, sesame wheat, seeded multigrain, cracked wheat, rosemary, poppy pepper water, five grain, raisin rosemary pumpkin artisan crisp and sourdough baguette
Fruits: Bartlett pear, blueberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, rainbow heirloom tomatoes, dates, apricots and cranberries
Nuts: Raw walnuts and cashews, chile limon pistachios
Pickled: Brussizzle Sprouts, Asparagusto and Cauliflower Power
Other: Kalamata, Picholine & Green olives in marinated herbs and spices, Shallots
Spreads: Blueberry basil fruit spread, stone ground mustard and orange blossom honey
Third Place by Terrah G.
Red Dragon (bow on skull), Baylay Hazen Blue, 4 Alarm Chedder, Fromage D’affinois, Truffle Gouda – Artikaas, Jan’s Farmhouse cranberry crackers and truffle crackers, honey comb, La Clara Chèvre cinnamon cranberry, Water Wherl classic Parm twist, various fruits and veggies, baklava, Spinach artichoke dip, Salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, fig jam, herbs and flowers.
Finalist, by Amy
Sharp white cheddar
Turkey pepperoni (for the kids)
Garlic stuffed olives
Gum drop grapes
Finalist, by Angela
Apricot cheese, red dragon, blue cheese, wheat crackers, melba toast, baked pita crackers. Grapes and clementine’s. Hard salami and pepperoni. pumpkin fudge and bags of peanut brittle. And centerpiece is a honeycomb display that drops the honey in the tray for you to spoon on your crackers or cheeses. All surrounded with hints of Halloween.
Finalist, by Danielle
Red dragon, smoked bourbon Gouda, pumpkin spice cheddar cheese with drab sliced prosciutto, Caprese, Genoa salami, pecans, walnuts, sweet pickles, pickled carrots, fig spread, and green grapes and moon drop grapes. Kalamata and black olives.
Finalist, by Heather
Cheeses: Red Dragon, Sage Derby, Gruyere, and a blue cheese. Meats: sopressata, prosciutto, and capicola. Gruyere paired with caramel corn and Reese’s mini peanut butter cups. The blue cheese is paired with the prosciutto, dried apricots, pecans, and honey. The Sage Derby is paired with honey, whole grain mustard, sopressata, and blackberries. The Red Dragon is paired with capicola, Habanero corn nuts, hot pepper jelly, pickled beets, and spicy pumpkin seeds. Other items on the board include candy corn, black grapes, and pistachios.
Finalist, by Jacqueline
Cranberry Mustard, Pumpkin Spice Wensleydale Cheese, New York White Cheddar Cheese, Pine River Port Wine Spreadable Cheese, Jasper Hill Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese, Mini french bread crackers, Simple Mills Mediterranean Herb Gluten-free Pita Crackers, Mini pickles, Grapes, Raspberries, Strawberries, Orange Slices
Finalist, by Royanne
Red Dragon, Stilton Mango Ginger, Manchego, Black pepper gouda, Blueberries, Strawberries, Lindt truffles, Ferro Roche, Chili fig spread, Wafer crackers, Mini toasts divina, Mitica flat bread, English cucumber, Beef sausage monster head
Finalist, by Susan
Red Dragon, Bayley Hazen Blue, Walnuts, Roasted Red Peppers, baguette, figs, artichoke hearts, candy corn, mini toasts, green and black olives, Simple Mills Farmhouse Cheddar crackers, Savannah Grace cheese straws, Stacy’s Cheese Petites, Hampton Candy Company Antioxidant Mix, Stilton Cheese with lemon, Aged Mimolette, Cahills Farm Cheddar, Blue Stilton, Shropshire Blue, Lachsschinken, and Smoked Coppa. (Edible Ink used, as well.)