No matter the size or style of your gathering, something about a cheese board just feels like a necessity. Easily customized, gorgeously displayed, and the perfect option for easy snacking, a cheese board fits whether you’re planning a huge wedding reception or a simple gathering among friends. Now, with help from the genius minds of New York’s leading vegan restaurant family, you can easily make this tasty treat even more inclusive with vegan cheese board ideas!
At City Roots Hospitality, inclusive, cruelty-free party planning is our passion. From start to finish, we take pride in helping you assemble the perfect menu for whatever your day may hold. By sticking to compassionate, vegan roots and adding a touch of gorgeous creativity, City Roots Hospitality provides a spread that helps all guests– vegan, kosher, or otherwise– feel appreciated and welcomed.
Before your next event, reach out to see how we can help your night run smoothly, leaving you more time for fun. Explore our menu options and reach out for a quote today.
Vegan “Cheese” Board Ideas
Whenever you’re planning a party, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of selecting your menu. Keeping a variety of guests happy requires anticipating all walks of life, remembering who is vegan, follows a kosher diet, or often turns their nose up at cruelty-free alternatives.
The key to keeping all these guests happy is simpler than you might think: select menu options that offer both inclusivity and creativity, guaranteed to leave even the pickiest guest happy!
Interesting, Pickled Veggies
It’s not unusual to see a handful of bread-and-butter pickle slices thrown on the average charcuterie board. For your vegan catering, go the extra mile to show your guests the variety they’re craving.
The pickling process is a surprisingly simple one, allowing party planners the chance to make a few delicious options overnight and leaving every guest stunned. Simply boil a brine of water, salt, and vinegar; then, portion this steaming brine into jars of your favorite veggies, along with whatever herbs or spices you find most interesting.
For your next pickling adventure, consider trying any of the following:
- Green beans
The end product will be a colorful, crunchy snack that can serve as the perfect conversation point for even your most timid guests.
Freshly Made Hummus
For your vegan cheese board, don’t turn to the plain, store-bought variety of hummus. Instead, go the extra mile to show your guests how much you care; follow this simplified guide to make your own!
To create your very own hummus, simply combine the following ingredients in a food processor: chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. From here, it is just a matter of experimentation.
Want a little more heat? Toss a slice of seeded jalapeno into the food processor and blend for another minute! For more green flavor, consider combining this simple mix with a handful of fresh parsley or spinach. As always, salt and season to your liking.
No cheese board is complete without a touch of sweetness. While there’s nothing wrong with a dollop of simple jam, this can often be an expected route. For a fun twist on this classic, consider creating your very own candied walnuts!
To start, spread halved walnuts in a single layer on a cooking sheet. Roast them in the oven at around 350 degrees Fahrenheit for around 10 minutes. Be sure to stir them occasionally to allow for even cooking.
In a saucepan, combine a cup of sugar with around 6 tablespoons of vegan milk. Once the sugar completely dissolves, add cinnamon and begin stirring. Stir constantly for around seven minutes before removing the sauce from the heat.
Toss the walnuts in your sticky syrup, and then spread them in a single layer again to dry. Use a fork to remove clumps, and ensure the nuts do not stick together. Sprinkle your candied walnuts with a final pinch of crunchy salt, and enjoy!
Judgement-free Catering with City Roots Hospitality
When introducing friends and family members to your cruelty-free lifestyle, it can be natural to feel a sense of nervousness or hesitation. No more! By offering delicious, inclusive options, you can finally relax into a party you can fully enjoy without fear of going hungry or feeling judged!
No matter the tone of your event– whether you’re hoping for the party of the year or just a cozy get-together– City Roots Hospitality has your back! To learn more, explore our website or reach out for a quote today!