Grazing Table with Tonja’s Table

Food blogger and cookbook author, Tonja Engen is a pro when it comes to cooking and entertaining. Grazing tables are the newest trend in entertaining. Tonja stopped by with tips on putting together a delicious grazing table.

What is a Grazing Table?

Large table covered with a gorgeous spread of delicious cheeses, cured meats, dips, vegetables, fruit, breads, crackers nuts, pates antipasto delicacies, dried fruits, condiments, chocolate, and more, paired with our beautiful table props.  Most tables have over 50 ingredients. Customized to your taste and dietary restrictions.

Benefits of Grazing Table:

  1. All the food is set up beforehand so there is no need to restock appetizers and keep foods warm.
  2. You get to spend more time with your guests without having to monitor food.
  3. It’s a fun beautiful centerpiece/talking point.
  4. Guests can help themselves.
  5. Brings everyone together around the table.
  6. Looks fancy but feels casual.

How to Set up a Grazing Table:

  1. Line the table with butcher or parchment paper.
  2. Buy and chop all ingredients.
  3. The building blocks of the board are cheeses, meats, dips, and seafood if using.  Lay these ingredients out first in their own area and then you can place the other items that pair well together around them.
  4. Use bowls in varying sizes for dips, with pretty spoons.
  5. Add veggie and fruits around the dips.
  6. Add crackers, breads, crostini, pitas, around and the board.
  7. Add condiments, antipasto, olives, mustards, etc.
  8. Sprinkle nuts and chips to fill in.
  9. Add mason jars of chocolate covered fruits and caramels.
  10. Sprinkle chocolate covered pretzels around.
  11. Lay out sprigs of herbs

How much Food Should I plan for?

  • Crackers/breads, 10 per person
  • Cheese—3 oz. per person
  • Meats– 4 oz. per person
  • Fruits and veggies– 3 oz per person
  • Dips—2 oz. per person
  • Filler foods—nuts, dried fruit, chips—1 cup per person

Fresh Fruits

  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Pomegranates
  • Blueberries
  • Pears


  • Grissini
  • Pita Chips
  • Pita dippers
  • Raisin fig crackers
  • Crostini
  • Assorted Crackers

Dried Nuts and Fruits

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Dried Apricots


  • Chicken Liver Mousse
  • Mushroom

Antipasto, Assorted Olives and Marinated Vegetables

  • Stuffed Papedew
  • Kalamata
  • Stuffed Green Olives with Blue Cheese
  • Giardiniera
  • Cornichons
  • Capers


  • Whole Ground Mustard
  • Dijon mustard
  • Fig jam
  • Honey
  • Apricot Preserves
  • Cherry Preserves


  • Bulk chocolate covered almonds, blueberries caramels
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzels.

Mention Twin Cities Live to receive 10% off your grazing table party.

What is Included in the cost?

Tonja shops, preps, prepares, delivers, styles and builds the table.  Then they pick up any platters, dishes etc the following week. Standard package started at $30 per person.


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