The year 2020 was an unconventional one for everyone. Instead of starting college in the middle of a pandemic, recent high school graduate Emmy Rener decided to embark in a completely different direction by making cheese boards for friends and family. What started as a passion project quickly blossomed into a successful charcuterie business called Sophisticated Spreads.
Based in Los Angeles, Rener started receiving attention for her carefully curated boards when influencers shared some of her work through their social media. Sure enough, her talent for charcuterie became well-known in the area, and she soon launched an official website and Instagram. Now, she creates custom boards and grazing tables for events big and small.
When scrolling through the Sophisticated Spreads' Instagram, it is easy to see why people love Rener's arrangements, which contain a perfect mix of different food items. “My tips for creating a successful charcuterie board is definitely working with a strong color palette, so make sure that all your colors work together and they aren't clashing,” she tells My Modern Met. “Make sure you have a variety of cheeses, like soft cheeses (so Brie), and medium cheeses (like Gouda), and try to highlight seasonal produce. I also like to add edible flowers to my boards, because I think that adds a very fun touch.”
Sure enough, Rener's own boards feature a variety of yummy meats and cheeses, in addition to dried fruits, crackers, pieces of bread, and nuts. But once you have all of the desired ingredients for charcuterie, you need to pay attention to where you place these items. “Make sure that like items never touch each other on a board. So, cheese shouldn't touch cheese, and meat shouldn't touch other meat,” Rener recommends. “Highlighting a variety of different ingredients is really the key to charcuterie.”