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Valentine’s Day is coming up, and we don’t want to brag, but thanks to us, this is going to be your best one yet. Why? Two words: meat bouquet.
What is a meat bouquet, you ask? It’s an arrangement of charcuterie instead of flowers—think salami, jerky, or any cured meat, really. We love a good flower and chocolate spread as much as the next person, and we’re certainly not saying you should eschew those, but what’s more thoughtful than getting someone a bouquet they can use for their next charcuterie board? While some are less than attractive, there are truly beautiful bunches that offer the promise of future snacks and an Instagrammable appetizer.
If you really want to go above and beyond for a carnivorous loved one, a great way to do is by putting together a few great pairings, like red wine or beer, mustard, a hunk of cheddar, crusty bread, or pickles. It’s a lovely way to say, “I love you and I’m thinking about you,” and, “Not to brag, but I just won Valentine’s Day.” Maybe they'll even share.
Get ready to make meaty magic with our favorite picks for meat bouquets that are actually cute.
Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet
The meat at Olympia Provisions has been called “the best charcuterie in America”—and for good reason. The company's small-batch meats are made with humanely sourced meat and are full of flavor. This lovely arrangement comes in a three- and six-salami version. All varieties are pork-based, but the three-count includes one French, one Spanish, and one Italian salami, while the six-count includes two Italian, two French, one Spanish, and one Greek salami. We love the different size options on this one, and it's beautifully packaged in butcher paper with a red ribbon.
Man Crates Exotic Meats Grand Bouquet
This meat bouquet from Man Crates will sweep that special someone off their feet. Arranged in butcher paper in the “vase” of a 23-ounce personalized pilsner glass, they will receive three 8-ounce salami chubs (soppressata, calabrese, and chorizo) and four 1.75-ounce jerky sticks (buffalo whiskey maple, wild boar honey bourbon, and elk garlic) and venison root beer habanero.
We love this option for its range of flavors and styles. The salami chubs are made by Columbus Meats, which has been crafting quality salami and deli meats for more than 100 years.
Carnivore Club Exotic Jerky Bouquet
Though this one doesn’t come wrapped in quite as pretty packaging, it offers a great selection of wild game meat sticks made with added pork and beef for extra flavor. Your meat-loving valentine will receive five sticks each of elk, buffalo, mild venison, and hot venison. If your beau prefers snacking on jerky over a full-on charcuterie board, this is a wonderful option.
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Christine Clark is a freelance food writer and charcuterie aficionado who has her meat-to-cheese ratio down pat. After answering her friends' cheese questions for years, she finally started a cheese podcast called "Is This a Brie?" to help make artisanal cheese more accessible for the food lovers of the world.