Artisan cheesemakers rule the kitchen in my household, and I truly believe they help set the bar in specialty food and cuisines worldwide. Rumiano Cheese Company is one company taking the bull by the horns in terms of leadership, even during times of struggle. To help support the artisanal community and the restaurant industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s program, Board at Home, has launched a nationwide expansion of its curated kits of artisanal cheese and charcuterie.
“The ultimate stay-at-home artisanal experience is perfect for gifts, virtual happy hours, socially distant picnics, or just a relaxing night at home with a great bottle of wine,” said Ben Pavlovic, Partner at Board at Home. “Since launching three months ago in three California markets, we found that many of our customers chose Board at Home for corporate gifts, and a huge portion of our sales came from companies that sent kits to their entire teams for virtual group tasting events led by our world-class artisans.”
Retailers can certainly take a tip from these amazing curators! Board at Home kits are currently available in three sizes and offer an array of small-batch, hand-crafted cheeses, charcuterie, crackers, jam, nuts, and other perfectly paired accompaniments sourced from a rotating selection of California’s finest makers and artisans. These producers utilize ethically-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices, according to a press release.
The Cheesy One Board at Home kit includes three wedges of artisanal cheese and a 4-ounce box of crackers. (No) Picnic In The Park Board at Home kit includes three wedges of artisanal cheese, 6 ounces of salami, a 3.4 ounce jar of jam, and a 4-ounce box of crackers. The Golden State Crate Board at Home kit showcases three wedges of artisanal cheese, 6 ounces of salami, a 3.4-ounce jar of jam, 4 ounces of nuts, and two 4-ounce boxes of crackers.
To showcase the collective power of the plate through Board at Home, the growing portfolio of artisan partners includes Chico Honey Co., Cypress Grove, Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, Napa Nuts, Olli Salumeria, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, Rogue Creamery, Rumiano Cheese Company, Rustic Bakery, Ryan Creek Root Cellar, Small Batch Jam Co., Stuyt Creamery, Tomales Farmstead Creamery, and Wm. Cofield Cheesemakers.
“We're excited to be able to introduce consumers across the country to California's amazing cheesemakers and small-scale artisans,” said Raymond Rumiano, Co-Owner of Rumiano Cheese Company and partner at Board at Home. “Artisans have been struggling, and Board at Home is our way of helping by providing a platform to showcase their world class goods to a whole new audience. Now, with overnight shipping we can expand their reach all the way across the country.”
While the communities in which we work deal with the challenges created by COVID-19, many companies like Rumiano Cheese are meeting the hurdles with innovation across the board.