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Grazing Table for 50+ || Tutorial with Ingredients & Supplies to DIY

Grazing tables have become the epitome of lavish entertaining, offering a feast for the eyes and the palate. Crafting a grazing table for 50 or more guests may seem daunting, but with the right ingredients, supplies, and a touch of creativity, you can effortlessly assemble a stunning spread that will leave your guests impressed and satisfied. In this comprehensive tutorial, I will guide you through the process step by step using the method I created and perfected, from gathering the essential ingredients to adding the final elegant touches.


What is on it?

Cheeses: Offer a variety of cheeses with different textures and flavors such as soft, hard, aged, and creamy. Include options like brie, cheddar, gouda, blue cheese, and goat cheese.


Salamis: Add cured meats like salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni for a savory and protein-rich option.


Breads and Crackers: Provide an assortment of bread such as baguette slices, breadsticks, and crackers to pair with cheeses and dips.


Fruit and Veggies: Include a colorful selection of fresh fruits like grapes, berries, figs, and sliced apples, as well as vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, carrots, and bell pepper strips.


Dips: Offer various dips such as hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, and spinach-artichoke dip for guests to enjoy with bread, crackers, and veggies.


Spreads: Include spreads like olive tapenade, fig jam, honey, and pesto to complement the cheeses and bread.


Jellies: Add sweet jellies or preserves like raspberry, apricot, or fig to provide a contrast to the savory elements on the table.


Nuts: Offer a selection of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios for a crunchy and protein-packed option.


Dried Fruit: Incorporate dried fruits like apricots, cranberries, mango slices, and raisins for a sweet and chewy addition to the grazing table.


Crunchy Snacks: Include snacks like pretzels, popcorn, veggie chips, or rice crackers for added texture and variety.


Herbs: Use fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, basil, and mint as garnishes or to add flavor to cheeses, dips, and spreads.


Florals: Decorate the grazing table with edible flowers such as nasturtiums, pansies, and lavender for a visually appealing touch. Make sure they are safe for consumption.


Greenery: Use fresh herbs like parsley or decorative greens like kale or lettuce leaves to fill gaps on the table and enhance presentation.



Grazing Table for 50+


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Supplies:

Parchment/Freezer Paper

Scissors

Chef's Knife

Cutting Board

Paring Knife

Spoons

Mini Forks

Serving spoons

Cheese knives

Tongs

Toothpicks

Mini plates

Mini napkins


INGREDIENTS

Cheeses:

2 1 1/2 lb Double cream brie wheels

8 oz plain goat cheese logs

8 oz cranberry cinnamon goat cheese (2 small logs)

16 oz 4-month Spanish Manchego

16 oz sharp cheddar, cubed

8 oz Castello Jalapeno Havarti

8 oz Garlic Jack

2 blocks (8-10 oz each) Sartori BellaVitano Raspberry Ale

8 Laughing Cow Mini Cheese Wedges

8 President Cheese Wee Brie Wedges

8 oz Smoked Gouda wheel


Dips and Spreads:

8 oz Toby's Original Plant Based Dip

Kelly's Jelly Marionberry Jelly

Madam's Jams Honey Apple

20 oz (2 containers) Ithaca Pickle Hummus


Meats:

2 lbs Creminelli Tartufo Salami Slices

8 oz dry coppa slices


Fruits:

2 lbs green grapes

2 lbs red grapes

5 blood oranges, sliced

8 tangerines, sliced in half

1 honeydew melon, sliced in half and seeds removed

1 papaya, sliced in half horizontally and seeds scooped out of one side

2 lbs fresh strawberries, some whole and some sliced in half

12 oz blackberries

8 oz blueberries

Orange bell pepper, cleaned and seeds removed, top cut off to be a little vessel with a lid

Celery sticks


Breads and Crackers:

2 French Baguettes

1 Garlic Herb Sourdough loaf

Chocolate yogurt pretzels

3 packages La Panzanella crackers (preferably rosemary flavor)

Trader Joe's Plantain Chips

Trader Joe's Rice crackers

Trader Joe's Nori Snacks

Dried Cranberries

Truffle Marcona Almonds

Dried Apricots

Dried tangerines

Fruit and nut crackers (larger size and smaller snack size)

1 lb chocolate


Garnishes:

Fresh Mint

Fresh basil

Greenery and florals mix of roses, carnations, eucalyptus (ensure they don't touch the food)



Directions:


Step 1: Prep

Lay down butcher or freezer paper directly on the table and place different vessels like baskets and boards around the paper to create your table flow.


Step 2: Cheese and Dishes

Start by arranging a variety of cheeses and dishes as the foundation of your spread. Mix textures and flavors to create a dynamic starting point for your grazing table.


Step 3: Meats Galore

Layer on the meats next, adding a savory element that complements the cheeses. Think prosciutto, salami, and other cured meats to pair well with the cheeses, olives, and spreads and fill guests up.


Step 4: Fruits and Veggies

Add a burst of color and freshness with a selection of seasonal fruits and veggies. Not only do they add visual appeal, but they also provide a refreshing contrast to the richer components of your spread.


Step 5: Yummy Goodness

Sprinkle on the pantry items and dried goods for that extra crunch and texture. Nuts, crackers, treats, dried fruits are perfect additions to round out the flavors on your grazing table.


Step 6: Garnish and Snap

Finish off your masterpiece! Whether it’s fresh herbs, edible flowers, or a drizzle of honey and a berry on top! Don’t forget to capture the beauty of your creation before your guests dig in!


Step 7: Final Touch

Add a touch of elegance with florals and greenery around the edges to elevate your grazing table to a work of art.



Creating a grazing table for 50 or more guests is an art form that requires careful planning and execution. By following these steps and utilizing the recommended ingredients and supplies, you can design a breathtaking spread that will be the highlight of any event.





Whether it's a wedding, birthday party, or casual gathering, your DIY grazing table is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests. So roll out the butcher paper, gather your ingredients, and let your creativity shine as you craft a masterpiece that will delight and satisfy all who indulge in it.

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