Tasteful selections across the board

    Mark Tanseco Del Rosario of the popular Let’s Eat Pare Facebook community extends the #charcuteriechallenge with premium items from Tasteful Selections

    Food, despite being a necessity for literal survival, was not exempt from the logistical challenges intensified by the pandemic. But in every hardship, there is opportunity to be found, which is how Tasteful Selections came to be.

    Tasteful Selections started out as part-hobby and part-need, as owner Vincent was faced with difficulties sourcing his favorite food items, particularly caviar.

    “When Vincent found premium suppliers for his favorites, he said, ‘Why not share it with everyone?’” Business Development Manager Eden Naval shared. “Tasteful Selections is our way of bringing the best products straight from their source countries and into the homes of fellow food lovers.”

    A main point of pride for Tasteful Selections is putting a premium on quality products, which is why they only source from the food item’s country of origin. This meticulous sourcing process then resulted in partnerships with award-winning brands.

    Inspired by the #charcuteriechallenge which went viral in Let’s Eat Pare (LEP), a 289,000-strong Facebook community of food enthusiasts, Tasteful Selections sent over its choicest products to gourmands, in the hope of extending the holiday cheer in the most unprecedented Christmas celebration in recent memory.

    “We saw almost a thousand family members take on the challenge, with a few notable memes as a side dish,” the Facebook page’s founder, Mark Tanseco Del Rosario, said of the hashtag which populated LEP with the signature wit and creativity of Pinoys.

    Charcuterie boards are essentially DIY and have low-maintenance options, but that shouldn’t stop you from curating to your heart’s content.

    “Let the elements flow naturally; give them character and their own share of the spotlight.

    It’s a process that the propagator should enjoy as much as the moment they devour the components. It doesn’t stop with the design or begin with the first bite,” Del Rosario said of the curation process.

    For one of his own creations, which he describes as “a celebration of food and of life captured in one board,” he used Tasteful Selections’ jamón serrano, known as the irrefutable king of Spanish cured meats, as his centerpiece. Tasteful Selections’ supplier for the cold-cut variant is a Spanish company that pioneered the breeding of Duroc pork, from which jamón serrano is made.

    For a more egalitarian approach, Michelle Aventajado (@mommanmanila on Instagram) made the award-winning Goya manzanilla olives, stuffed with smoked salmon, the centerpiece of her creation.

    Another hit among gourmands like Dindin Espiritu (@cheesemesa on Instagram) was the Manchego cheese, which she paired with the jamón serrano. The top cheese of choice derives its name, and distinct zesty flavor and crumbly texture, from the milk of Manchega sheep. (The breed in turn is named after its locale, the La Mancha region in Spain.)

    Hazel (@grazing_manila on Instagram) spotlights the jamón serrano and the Manchego cheese from Tasteful Selections, citing the two items’ complementary flavors

    Hazel of @grazing_manila doubles down on the importance of balance. For a “more intense cheeseboard,” she follows the “minimum 3+3 rule”, where three types of cheese would always correspond to three varieties of cold cuts. “Variety is everything but all the pieces on your board should also be complementary,” she added.

    Learn more about the world’s finest products by following Tasteful Selections on Instagram (@Thetastefulselections) and by logging on to thetastefulselections.com.