Making Local Choices for Your Cheese and Charcuterie Platters

Cheese and charcuterie platter

Some call it a cheese platter and others, a charcuterie platter. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious and suitable for any festive occasion or romantic dinner. There’s really nothing quite like getting together with friends, sharing a bottle (or three) of wine and savouring a wonderful selection of local cheeses and cured meats. It sounds simple, but there is an art to putting together a beautiful charcuterie board.

There are many local farmers and butchers from Québec that make their own products. I walked around the Jean Talon Market and could not believe the selection! There are beautiful cheeses made from raw, goat and of course, classic cow’s milk. As for the meats, there is a wide variety of dried salamis, cured meats, terrines and pâtés. Below, you will find a list of some of the best places to purchase local charcuterieas well as where to eat these fun, finger-food platters. But first, take a look at the cheese and charcuterie board I have assembled.

Charcuterie Platter
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton

When putting together your platter, it’s good to start with a statement dish, such as a wooden cutting board. The one I used was handmade by my dad (thanks dad!). If you do not have one, a large white dish will do (the white offsets the ingredients nicely).

When selecting your cheeses, it’s a good idea to get a variety of soft and hard. A tip is to calculate 75g of cheese per guest. As for the meat selection, include a variety of fatty meats such as salami or saucisson, leaner cuts such as prosciutto or bresaola and rillette or pâté to round it off on a soft and creamy note.

Once you plate the meats and cheeses, add any accoutrements you desire, such as cornichons (small French pickles), nuts, dried fruit, grapes, olives and so on. It’s also important to provide a selection of bread and/or crackers. Once your platter is ready to go, your guests will be so impressed!!!

Charcuterie Platter
photo credit: Katherine Macnaughton


Boucherie  Lawrence
5237 St-Laurent, Montreal, Qc

Fromagerie Hamel
2200, rue Jean Talon Est, Montreal, Qc

Qui lait cru!?! Fromagerie
7070 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montreal, Qc

La maison du rôti
1969 Ave. Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, Qc

185 St-Viateur Ouest, Montreal, Qc

Fromagerie Atwater
Marché Atwater


425 Rue Mayor, Montreal, Qc

Buvette Chez Simone
4869 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Qc

Le Comptoir charcuteries et vins
4807 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, Qc

Chez ma grosse truie chérie
1801 Rue Ontario Est, Montreal, Qc

Salle à manger
1302 Mt Royal Ave E, Montreal, Qc



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Objets Mécaniques


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2 thoughts on “Making Local Choices for Your Cheese and Charcuterie Platters

  1. Anja Kaiser says:

    Hi there,
    I just wanted you to know that someone (apparently illegally) sells one of Katherine’s photos as her own work. Here’s a link:
    If you’d like to do something about the issue, you can easily report the image/product (button on the right) and reach out to Creative Market’s legal department through This is part of a much larger case of copyright infringement – she already had to delete hundreds of photos and illustrations, but *still* sells other peoples’ work -, therefor I wouldn’t recommend contacting *her*, but to directly deal with the support team instead. I’m also concerned, therefor I checked her portfolio and found this image, too.

    Best regards

    • Katherine says:

      Hi Anja,

      Thanks so much for the heads up! I am not able to find that button that would allow me to report the image, but I will get in touch with their Legal Department.
      Hopefully that does the trick!


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