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Bold Bites Tasting Guide

Embark on a daring culinary adventure with a dynamic mix of bold spiciness, sweet crunchiness, and rich creaminess. Each carefully curated item creates a balanced yet exciting tasting experience that pushes your palate to new heights.

Getting started:

We work with small scale artisan producers to provide our members with an authentic tasting experience. Curated items may vary in each box.

We've included a complete list here. Match the name of your curated items to the featured items below to discover what makes it unique and explore recommended pairings.

Artisan Cheese

This month's assortment strikes the perfect balance with an expertly spiced cheese exquisitely offset by a buttery Dutch counterpart

Each box medium box includes 2 cheeses and a free brie. Larges include 3 cheeses and a free brie.

Toma Rashi

This semi-hard cheese blends creamy, nutty flavors with a hint of spice. Its distinctive taste comes from Shichimi Togarashi, a Japanese spice mix including chili flakes, nigella, chili powder, orange peel, ginger powder, and nori.

This spice blend imparts a gentle warmth that lingers on the palate. Perfect for those who appreciate a fusion of umami and subtle heat in their cheese.

Beemster Gouda

Beemster Gouda, a classic Dutch cheese, is made exclusively with milk from Beemster cows. Aged for 18 months in a 100+ year-old traditional warehouse, it develops a firm texture with some crystallization.

The cheese boasts a nutty, butter-rich flavor profile, featuring notes of toasted walnuts and a brown-butter finish. Hand-stirred curds and a brine dating back to 1901 contribute to its complex and celebrated taste.

Please note, curations will include either the Beemster Gouda or Double Dutch.

Double Dutch

Hailing from the Netherlands, this unique cheese combines cow and goat’s milk into a creamy melangé of bright flavors. The Gouda-style goat’s milk cheese brings floral notes and fruitiness, which serves as a unique contrast to the buttery, caramel undertones of the cow’s milk layer.

Separated by a layer of grape leaf ash, this visually stunning and delicious cheese is sure to please.

Please note, curations will include either the Beemster Gouda or Double Dutch.

Charcuterie

These meats have been carefully selected to add both spice and tenderness to this bold ensemble.

Each box medium box includes 2 meats. Larges include 3 meats.

Chorizo El Rey

The king of Chorizo! This Spanish-style cured meat boasts bold flavors infused with sweet paprika, clove, allspice, and cayenne. This selection was crafted with traditional methods of charcuterie-making including the use of live, active molds. This not only enhances its flavor, but also contributes to its distinctive appearance and quality.

Capicola

Crafted from select cuts of neck and shoulder, Capicola boasts a tender, moist texture. Its flavorful profile is enriched by a coating of black pepper, fennel seed, coriander, and anise. Slow-roasted to perfection, it transforms into a delectable shoulder ham, offering a savory and satisfying culinary experience.

Accompaniments

These diverse accompaniments are designed to both accentuate and balance the bold meats and cheeses in this month's box.

Each box includes one of 2 spreads and 2 accompaniments.

Spicy Olive Spread

Made with authentic Spanish olive oil, this intensely flavorful spread is the perfect accompaniment for this month’s curation. Organic black olives, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper come together to create a spread that accentuates the bold flavors in this month’s box.

Please note, curations will include either the Spicy Olive Spread or Smoky Eggplant Tapenade.

Smoky Eggplant Tapenade

This delectable spread was selected to perfectly complement your cheese and charcuterie selection. This flavorful combination harmoniously blends fire-roasted red peppers, eggplant, and extra-virgin olive oil, adding a rich and savory dimension to your tasting experience.

Please note, curations will include either the Spicy Olive Spread or Smoky Eggplant Tapenade.

Coconut Cashews

These addictive bites are sure to become a favorite! Extra crunchy and buttery, these cashews are coated with a layer of coconut before being lightly toasted to perfection. The combination of sweet and salty flavors marry beautifully with this months’ curations.

Dried Mission Figs

Boasting a deep purple color and a sweet flavor, these figs provide a refreshing complement to the bold flavors in this month’s curation. Their rich, jammy sweetness is a beautiful contrast to the boldness of the cheeses in this month’s box. Enjoy the underlying flavors of melon and banana in contrast to the sharpness of the cheese.

Toma Rashi

The creamy, nutty flavor of Toma Rashi is complemented by the sweet, buttery crunch of Coconut Cashews, creating a delightful contrast of textures and flavors.

The gentle warmth of the Shichimi Togarashi in the Toma Rashi is accentuated by the bold, zesty flavors of the Spicy Olive Tapenade, creating a harmonious blend of umami and spice.

The subtle heat and umami of Toma Rashi meld perfectly with the rich, smoky flavors of the Smoky Eggplant Tapenade, enhancing the cheese's distinctive taste.

Double Dutch

The fruity, floral notes of Double Dutch are enhanced by the sweet, jammy flavors of the Mission Figs, offering a delightful contrast that highlights the cheese's bright profile.

The bright, floral notes of the goat’s milk cheese in Double Dutch contrast beautifully with the robust, smoky flavors of the Chorizo Del Rey, creating a dynamic and layered tasting experience.

Brie Mon Pere

The mild, creamy flavors of Brie complement the spiced, tender Capicola, offering a savory and balanced pairing that enhances both the cheese's creaminess and the meat's spice.

The soft, creamy Brie contrasts delightfully with the crunchy, sweet, and salty Coconut Cashews, providing a textural and flavor-rich experience that highlights the cheese's buttery notes.

The creamy, buttery texture of Brie pairs wonderfully with the rich, jammy sweetness of Dried Mission Figs, creating a luxurious combination that balances richness with sweetness.

Beemster Gouda

The nutty, butter-rich flavor of Beemster Gouda pairs perfectly with the rich, jammy sweetness of the Mission Figs, highlighting the cheese's complex flavors while offering a delightful sweet counterpoint.

The nutty, caramel notes of Beemster Gouda are enriched by the smoky, savory flavors of the Smoky Eggplant Tapenade, creating a deep, complex flavor experience.

Chorizo Del Rey

The creamy, nutty Toma Rashi with a hint of spice pairs wonderfully with the bold, smoky Chorizo Del Rey, creating a robust and flavorful pairing.

The bold, smoky spices of Chorizo Del Rey are balanced by the sweet and crunchy Coconut Cashews, offering a perfect mix of sweet and savory.

The rich, smoky spices of Chorizo Del Rey are balanced by the sweet, jammy Mission Figs, offering a harmonious blend of sweet and savory.

Capicola

The savory, nutty notes of Beemster Gouda are enhanced by the tender, spiced flavors of Capicola, creating a richly satisfying combination.

The tender, spiced Capicola is beautifully complemented by the intense, zesty flavors of the Spicy Olive Tapenade, enhancing the meat’s savory profile.

The nutty, caramel notes of Beemster Gouda are enriched by the smoky, savory flavors of the Smoky Eggplant Tapenade, creating a deep, complex flavor experience.

Drink Pairings

While drink pairings are ultimately a matter of personal preference, we invite you to consider our recommended pairings as a starting point for your tasting experience. Cheers!

Grenache

Grenache's ripe red fruit flavors and subtle spice enhance the flavors of the spicy Toma Rashi and Chorizo El Rey. Its smooth finish pairs well with the creamy Brie Mon Pere and aged Beemster Gouda, creating a balanced and satisfying pairing experience.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir's delicate cherry, raspberry, and earthy undertones pair well with the richness of the Capicola and creamy Brie Mon Pere. Its light tannins and bright acidity also complement the spicy Toma Rashi without overpowering it.

Verdejo

Verdejo is a crisp white wine with vibrant acidity and citrus flavors, making it a refreshing complement to the creamy Beemster Gouda. Its zesty profile enhances the bright flavors of the spicy Toma Rashi and Chorizo El Rey, creating a delightful pairing experience.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay's rich, buttery undertones and ripe orchard fruit flavors pair beautifully with the creamy Beemster Gouda. Its subtle oak notes complement the nutty flavors of the Coconut Cashews while providing a refreshing contrast to the bold spicy Toma Rashi and Chorizo El Rey.

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