Deli Meat News
One of the hottest dining trends in the past few years has been charcuterie boards, and now we have a takeout place with a charcuterie theme: Called Graze Craze, it's bringing a customizable grazing experience to Fort Worth's City View Plaza at 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd., where it opens on October 3.
This will be the third location in Texas, following Houston and Plano, which opened in March.
Graze Craze was founded in Oklahoma by US Air Force veteran Kerry Sylvester, and specializes in artfully designed platters with food for grazing including fruits, vegetables, cheese, crackers, meats, and sweets.
The menu features several options, whether for meat-and-cheese lovers or a vegetarian feast. Each charcuterie platter is "curated" by a "grazologist", a term they've trademarked to describe your own charcuterie concierge. Smart to trademark that term, someone might steal it otherwise.
Menu options have cute names like:
- Gone Grazey, their signature platter with hummus, breads, grapes, Brie, assorted cheese slices, crackers, hot soppressata, peppered salami, sweet coppa, carrots, rosemary crackers, cracked pepper crackers, mini bell peppers, prosciutto, fennel-spiced ham, goat cheese with honey & pistachios, wheat crackers, cherry tomatoes, mini cucumbers, kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, craisins, nuts, cottage cheese dill dip, cranberry orange jam, raspberry jam, lemon dill mayo, spicy brown mustard, honey, and dark chocolate bark.
- Sweet & Grazey, a dessert board with grapes, pound cake with caramel and pistachios, brownies with white chocolate syrup, lemon cake, oranges, kiwis, macaroon, dessert bread, manchego cheese, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, craisins, strawberries, and dark chocolate bark.
The boards come in different sizes, from single boxes for the lone grazer, to boards with enough to feed a party of 10. A Small Board ($105) serves 6. Medium Board ($135) serves 8. Large Board ($165) serves 10. A Picnic Box is $75 and the Lone Grazer Box is $27.
Graze Craze is part of the United Franchise Group whose other concepts include Jon Smith Subs and The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill. There are more than 30 locations in Oklahoma, Utah, Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Washington, with many more slated to open including one in University Park, near SMU, and another in San Antonio.
Bringing it to Fort Worth are Celeena and Donnie Bedore, who are eager to share their love for charcuterie.
"We fell in love with Graze Craze's charcuterie as customers and can't wait to share the unique concept with the community," Donnie says in a statement. “Fort Worth is a hot market for gatherings, weddings, and corporate events and we’re proud to offer a fresh and delicious product that’s perfect to be at the center of any celebration."
Graze Craze Fort Worth will be open for pick-ups Monday-Saturday from 8 am-6 pm and Sunday from 10 am-3 pm.