Best Charcuterie in Kingston

best charcuterie, Kingston, OntarioCharcuterie is best defined as “the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as bacon, ham, sausage, terrines, galantines, ballotines, pâtés, and confit, primarily from pork.” Basically, it’s a platter of delicious preserved meats, often paired with an assortment of cheeses, pickled veggies, fruit, chutneys, mustards, crostini and/or bread.

Charcuterie boards have become a popular menu item over the last decade and Kingston restaurants are no exception. They make an excellent appetizer or full meal and the endless ways to mix and match the various flavours make them especially great to share with dining mates. The popularity of these plates has grown alongside the rise of local, artisanal cheeses and preserves and are fun to pair with craft beers and wines.

There is no shortage of options when it comes to good charcuterie in ygk. Whether you want a small sampling to share with friends over a pint after work or you’re looking for a long, slow meal-sized platter, you can find what you’re looking for at many of our local restaurants and most often, these platters are adorned with locally sourced deliciousness.

We know this will be a tough one, but this week we want to know:

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Before writing today’s post, I knew that there would be at least 5-10 great options on this list off the top of my head. After researching, I am blown away by how many of our local restaurants offer this trendy treat (I’m also very hungry now!) While some of these establishments offer your choice of meats and cheeses, others have a set combination in mind. Some are specifically done in the Italian tradition with staples such as prosciutto, capicola and olives, while others throw some curve balls like smoked duck, spreadable salami, boiled quail eggs and honeycombs. Tell us which charcuterie board reigns supreme for you. What is it that makes it the best? Did we leave your favourite place off the list? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Thanks to Angie Six for today’s photo.

Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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