She had Schilling’s individual-size boards, pocked with glazed almonds and pumpkin seeds, delivered to each participant beforehand. For the next meeting, in December, “it was just rinse and repeat,” said Schenk.
Liz Ryan named Lorraine Gourmet Grazing Boards for the Wisconsin cheese brand that she enjoyed, slathered with mustard, as a kid. Ryan, who lives in Tower Grove East, works at the Social Affair, a boutique catering company in the Grove neighborhood.
The charcuterie boards she created for the Social Affair’s weddings and galas were the spark for Lorraine, which opened in September 2019. That Christmas, Ryan mostly sold her $160 party-sized platters, enough to feed a couple dozen people.
Now, solo snacks or date-night appetizers are the go-to, but Ryan’s design philosophy hasn’t changed.
“I try to think about how to make the perfect bite,” she said, whether that’s skewering fruit for an COVID-friendly cup, or adding pecans and scallions to Gouda for a box built for two.
Kristen Carroll, who lives in the Shaw neighborhood, likes to order Lorraine minis as dinner for nights in with her boyfriend. They curl up with a movie and thumb through the crackers, olives, sausage and Gruyere.
“We make super-adult, high-end Lunchables,” Carroll said.