The first time I heard the term "charcuterie board" I was confused. I asked Lori Voornas, who has one, what it is. I'll be honest. It still doesn't make sense to me, but here's what I learned: the word "charcuterie" translates to "cold cuts" in English. Well, now we're talking.

According to, the word "characterize" is derived from the French term “chair cuit,” which means “cooked flesh.” As disgusting as that sounds, it accurately describes what goes on your charcuterie board.

A  charcuterie board is what you serve the cold cuts on. They're arranged in a fancy presentation, and the pros use a 3-3-3-3 rule, according to Coming Home Magazine. Your board should contain three kinds of cheese, three types of meat, three starches, and three accouterments.

But before you can do any of that for your next party, you may want to learn how to build your own charcuterie board at the Quarryside Beer Garden at Rock Row in Westbrook.

Marie hosts it from Charcutemarie, and you're provided with everything you need to build your board: artisan cheeses, cured charcuterie, and all additional accompaniments like honey, fruit, and nuts on a disposable 10" palm leaf tray.

The event is on Thursday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Quaryside. Tickets are $75 and include everything you need, as well as your first Lone Pine beverage.

Get your tickets now by going to If you can't make it on July 11, there will be another charcuterie board-building event at Rock Row on Thursday, August 9, at 5:30 p.m.

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