Brown Paper Board is the New Charcuterie Board: Here’s How to Make One

In the world of entertaining, a new star has emerged from the catering chaos—the Brown Paper Board. A brainchild of Edy Massih, a Lebanese chef and owner of Edy’s Grocer in Brooklyn, this innovative approach to hosting is as delightful as it is practical. Let’s take a closer look.

The Genesis of the Brown Paper Board

The concept originated during an unexpectedly platter-less catering setup, leading to the serendipitous use of brown butcher paper as a serving surface. This mishap turned out to be a brilliant innovation, offering a blank canvas that emphasized both the food’s visual appeal and the communal joy of sharing a meal. 

How to Create Your Brown Paper Board

  1. Start with a large roll of brown butcher paper, cutting it to fit your table. 
  2. Begin by placing any bowls or dishes you may have. These can range from shallow bowls for dips to larger ones for salads or main courses.
  3. Distribute your dishes evenly across the paper.
  4. Fill the gaps with an assortment of breads, crackers, crudités, and other finger foods. Play with colors and textures to make the board visually appealing.
  5. Once everything is in place, take a moment to appreciate your work before diving in with your guests.