Things to do in Kalispell: Charcuterie Making

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

One of the most wonderful aspects of the Kalispell Montana area is that there is almost always something interesting to do. In the last few weeks, I was able to go to a Wine 101 event which focused on wine tasting skills. I also went to a course on how to make butter and cheese and went home with a nice big roll of butter I churned with a partner (takes a lot of work!). What fun! And the most recent thing I found to do in Kalispell was a Charcuterie Board Making and Wine Tasting event.

 

Charcuterie has been getting more press lately. You might think "charcuterie" is just a fancy way to say "cheese and meat board" but the word is actually focused on the meat. It's the culinary art of preparing meat products, specifically to preserve them. And charcuterie boards are the art of displaying the meat and accompanying cheese, fruits, vegetables, nuts and toppings. Those items are displayed in such a way that makes it easy to select items that taste good together, and/or allows the proper eating of the food. For example, spreadable cheeses that would need to be spread onto a cracker are better placed if they are at the edge of the board.

 

At least that's what I got out of the event I attended.

 

There were four amazing organizations that were involved in this get together, and they all deserve attention.

 
Wines

First, the wines. We were able to taste various wines throughout the charcuterie making (and product tasting) process. We started with a Spanish champagne, or cava. We followed that with two different white wines, and two different red wines. All were delicious and went perfectly with the food we were utilizing.

 

The name of the wine company is Humanity Wine Co and here is where they differ from other wine companies. They have started a Winethropist movement and 50% of their profits go to their philanthropic organization Humanity Del Sol. This non-profit directly helps orphans in Argentina who have aged out of the system. The organization provides skills that will enable the orphans to become productive adults and stop the abuse, abandonment and slavery that is common for these children.

 

I can't say enough about this organization or it's owner. I've spent time with the founder and CEO, Mariagrazia Lauricella, and I can truly say she is one of the most genuine and caring people I know. She is also a skilled wine expert, and is great at pairing foods and wines. If you would like to help them with their mission check out either of the sites above.

 
Venue

And then there was the venue, Fiddlestix Party & Supply. After being at two separate events at this facility recently, it is obvious they are totally focused on ensuring every event goes smoothly. Stephanie Murray, the founder of the event facility always has a ear-to-ear smile on her face and is ready to assist with anything that might be needed.

 

If you need a space to hold a party, or need supplies for a party at your own location, Fiddlestix is the place to go!

 

They can be reached at 406-885-7470 or hey@fiddletixparty.com.

 

Montanaholics

Things to do in Kalispell: Charcuterie Making photo of charcuterie boardAnd then there is the store with the amazing name, Montanaholics. I admit to being able to say I am probably a Montanaholic. But enough about me.

 

This company donated the beautiful charcuterie boards that we used at the event, AND that we were able to take home. The one on the left was the one I chose; they ranged in color from a very light ash to much darker hues.

 

Montanaholics can be reached at 406-515-0628 or mail@montanaholics.store.

 
Chef

And the fourth but probably most important business when it comes to charcuterie making is the chef.

 

Kristen Opperman of The Kopper Kitchen was our chef of the evening. She gamely worked through the challenges of getting through to 40 very lively and loud guests. She was able to lead us through strategies for making a great board including where to place each item, what kind of toppings go with which cheeses, and which meats work well. She also visited each of us afterwards, and helped us fill in the gaps on our boards. "Be creative!" was the mantra of the night. Stand the food up, lay it down, make a creation. What fun.

 

The Kopper Kitchen provides catering, custom cheese and charcuterie boards, and weekly meal prep and delivery. They can be reached at 406-407-3029 or eat@thekopperkitchen.com.

 

Kat's Charcuterie Board

Things to do in Kalispell: Charcuterie Making photo of kat's charcuterie boardSo how did I do? Well, along with tasting everything I could, trying all the wines, and making new friends, I actually did complete a charcuterie board!

 

Here it is before I added the final touches such as nuts.

 

I give all the event planners huge kudos for setting up and conducting an amazing event. Everyone who attended not only had a great deal of fun, but learned something new. So if you're ever in Kalispell, and see one of these events listed, you have got to sign up.

 

And if you need an event space, catering, beautiful wood boards, or want to become a winethropist, contact Fiddlestix, The Kopper Kitchen, Montanaholics, and Humanity Wine Co. You won't be sorry!

 

PS- here's a photo of the beautiful fruit and vegetable platters that we used as ingredients. This was a work of art all by itself!

 


 
Originally published at thehousekat.com.

 

Comments (39)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Kat I love the story of all the folks it took to put this event together!  This is my way of doing things and enjoying new things and meeting new interesting folks!  Your board was gorgeous on FB....and I love, love, LOVE the whole backstory!  Why am I hungry now!!!

Nov 07, 2021 10:51 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Haha, Wayne Martin - I think you would both love it.

Michael Jacobs - I think it would be very expensive to make one of these if you were to buy the same ingredients as we used!

Thank you very much Nina Hollander, Broker !

Nov 07, 2021 12:50 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Grant Schneider - It is a bit difficult to keep weight off if one eats the way I did that night! oink.

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - I'm glad I remembered to do so!

Nov 07, 2021 12:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Will Hamm - in this case, you'd have said there's Kat and her friend Kim!

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - To be honest, I like "Yummy" boards much better! :-)

Haha, Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - actually, most people were having a hard time focusing.

Nov 07, 2021 12:52 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker - I always get hungry when I read posts about food! It's a pain when it's breakfast time and all of a sudden I get a craving for something decadent.

Nov 07, 2021 12:53 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It could have been a lot more fun if the wine tasting and the board making were combined, then all would have had an even better time.

Nov 07, 2021 03:04 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Ed Silva - The board making and wine tasting WERE combined!

Nov 07, 2021 03:23 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kat Palmiotti - I am in awe! I can only imagine how much fun you had learning and here you are, teaching us readers all that you learned. What an awesome time you had! I've decided, there is nothing ordinary about you. You are absolutely, positively extraordinary! Your display of what you made on that board is beyond anything I could have prepared. Kudos to you for your brilliance and ability to learn quickly!

Nov 07, 2021 05:38 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Awww, thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP , I appreciate you!

Nov 07, 2021 06:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat Palmiotti  as a foodie and wine snob I would have loved to participate in this event... now with that said please let me know what their dry and driest red wines are and I am ready  to taste and support them:)Endre

Nov 07, 2021 11:00 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I didn't write down all the names, Endre Barath, Jr. - the only one I remember was Auctioneer which is a napa valley cabernet.

Nov 08, 2021 05:18 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kat, what a great post, and definitely something that sounds not only fun but useful!   Will have to check out in my area to see if there are classes here.

Nov 08, 2021 08:22 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Kat, for sharing your positive experience. 

Have an outstanding week.

Nov 08, 2021 11:12 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Joan Cox -Now someone has to invite me to a party so I can bring a board!

I wish you an outstanding week as well Roy Kelley !

Nov 08, 2021 11:37 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I love the venue, Kat - Fiddlestix! How cute!

And, what a wonderful thing to put on for Kalispell residents. As you said, this has become a popular thing across the nation and we had one at nearly every event we hosted over the summer! Mine is not quite the work of art yours is but, I'm still working on it! I did use pumpkin seeds as my nuts for one last month and that went over well. 

I learned from you that, "spreadable cheeses that would need to be spread onto a cracker are better placed if they are at the edge of the board." 

Very interesting. I'm assuming so that you can use your knife to move the spreadable right off the board onto your cracker?! 

See you tomorrow!

Nov 08, 2021 11:57 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Yes, Debe Maxwell, CRS - that's why!

Nov 08, 2021 02:18 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kat:

What fun you must have had, with some good learning, too. I love this post, being  the foodie and wine lover I am. You've discovered some great companies where you live!!

Jeff

Nov 09, 2021 10:06 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have indeed Jeff Dowler, CRS - I would definitely do business with any of these companies again!

Nov 10, 2021 04:50 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Charcuterie boards are ALL the rage. What a fun event to attend and learn how to arrange the ingredients in a pleasing and tasteful way.

Nov 13, 2021 07:01 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It was a lot of fun Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty !

Nov 14, 2021 04:34 AM